All about Asteroids

Why

What are asteroids? Learn more about these remnants from our solar system’s formation.


Steps

1. Asteroids are pieces of rock in outer space. They range from the size of a small boulder to many miles across. Asteroids are believed to be remnants from the creation of our solar system.


2. Most asteroids orbit the sun in the asteroid belt between two planets in our solar system. Can you find out which planets?


3. There are thousands of documented asteroids. Some even have their own moons. Research some of these noteworthy asteroids. What makes them unique?


4. Create a sculpture of an asteroid using Model Magic® modeling compound. Knead, roll, twist and shape the Model Magic to form an asteroid. You can choose to model your asteroid after something you have researched or create a free-form asteroid. Allow the modeling compound to air dry.


5. Give your asteroid some space-inspired sparkle with Tempura Mixing Mediums. Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Use a brush to apply a thin coat of Glitter It! or Pearl It! over the surface of the asteroid. Allow the paint to air-dry.


6. Display your asteroid along with your classmate’s work on a flat surface. You will have your own classroom asteroid belt!


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

Adaptations

  • Use Model Magic to build a model of each of the planets in the solar system.
  • Scientists believe that asteroids have crashed into Earth in the past. What evidence suggests this to be true? How have asteroid crashes impacted our planet?
  • Expand your space science studies to include comets and meteorites.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Arts & Crafts Brushes
  • Art Smock
  • Model Magic®
  • Pearl It!
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children learn the characteristics and location of asteroids.

  • Children research notable asteroids and their features.

  • Students create a model of an asteroid using a variety of sculpting techniques.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards