We created a the moon out of rice and supplied the kids with scooping and digging tools to explore with. This kind of activity helps to develop large and small motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination - these are just a few things, the list does go on! (To make black rice we used black paint and let it dry over night- simples!)
You can add space miniatures to the rice for a small world activity too!
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We dyed the rice with black paint - this needs to dry over a few nights.