Moon Day Activity

Moon Day is Monday, July 20th. We are celebrating the 51st anniversary of the first moon landing. I know I try to spy the moon every night. Here in Oregon it can be difficult due to how cloudy it gets. Below I’ve shared some information about the moon landing and fun facts about the moon. Also a fun, but a tad messy, moon dirt activity. Hope you enjoy it.

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. As they took these “small steps” Michael Collins orbited the moon in the command module. Millions of people around the world were glued to their televisions as the Apollo crew inspired generations to believe they could do anything if they tried hard enough.

But why do you think we wanted to go to the moon? Why would you like to go to the moon? It’s the unknown. It’s the possibility of what could be or what could be accomplished. 

We as humans want to find the answers to the unknown. What is the moon made out of? How does it shine? Does the moon affect anything here on Earth or is it just a rock orbiting our planet?

Facts about the Moon

Our moon  orbits the Earth at a distance of 239 thousand miles.

It makes a complete orbit around the Earth in 27 days. 

The same side of the moon is always facing us.

The surface is rocky with a powdery dust.

There are many craters.

There have been over one-hundred spacecrafts launched to explore the moon.

The moon is the only place that humans have visited beyond our planet during the Apollo mission.

How to make Moon Dirt This activity is appropriate for preschool and older

Supplies Needed:

Large Bowl or container

Large Spoon

Table cloth

Small items to make impressions

9 cups Flour

1 ¼ cup Baby Oil

Activity Preparation: Combine the Flour and Baby Oil in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. The moon dirt should hold an imprint when mixed. If too dry add more baby oil if too wet add more flour. Has the same feel as kinetic sand.

This fun activity can be messy, but a great kinetic experience. I hope you, and your children, enjoy this activity.

Until next time be happy, stay safe and have fun.

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Writing Myths Monday

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #11 – If You Can’t Spell, You Can’t Write

Well then I better pack up my writing gear and close up shop. I identified a long time ago that spelling wasn’t my strong suit. My father used to help me with my spelling / English homework. English is not his first language, Dutch is, so I learned to spell phonetically. Which in the English language isn’t very accurate. I didn’t let that stop me from writing. I use the tools at my disposal like spell check, a dictionary , sticky notes with words I frequently misspell, spelled correctly and an editor.

As a side effect of spelling not being my strong suit I reread my manuscripts many, many times. In doing this I’ve caught non-spelling related mistakes or just things I feel need to be changed or enhanced.

What can be seen as a disadvantage I turned into an opportunity to make my work stronger.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Friday Writing Prompt July 10th

Happy Prompt Friday! It’s time to get your thinking caps on and get creative.

Today I have some interesting prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Remember prompts are a way to get your mind in shape for writing. Getting those creative muscles stretched and ready for action. Total bonus if a prompt turns into an awesome short story.

Here are the prompts for your writing pleasure.

  • Mom, the snake got out!
  • Who is the grouchiest person you know?
  • What’s on the roof?
  • We are being invaded by flying Jellyfish!

I hope one of these prompts tickled your fancy and you’re off and writing.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts and Blockbusters Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Myths Monday #10

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #10 – Writing is Hard

Each of us has that one part of the writing process that is more difficult than the others. That one thing is different for everyone. But writing as a whole isn’t hard. Writing is many things, awesome, freeing, time consuming. I think this myth comes from equating time consuming with hard. But doing something you love overrides any of the tough patches that we may experience.

It can be hard at times but nothing worth doing is ever easy. 

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Exercise Friday July 3rd

Welcome to your Friday Writing Exercise. Get your writing muscles ready like a professional athlete. You need to stretch those writing muscles before you get to the main writing event. So let’s get to it.

Twenty Minute Writing Challenge – Write a story using one of the following titles:

  • When Seagulls Attack
  • Revenge of the Popcorn King
  • The Day the Lava Monster Died
  • Beach Party on Mars

You have twenty minutes to write as much as you can. I like writing these in the style of the National Inquirer or the Onion. The wilder and more outlandish the better. The point is to get writing.

Five Senses Bonus Exercise Take the story you created in the twenty minute write and do a five senses edit. When you do a senses edit go through your story looking for the senses. Using highlighters assign a color to each of the senses. Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell and Taste. Once you highlight the senses you can see how balanced the senses are in your story. If you are light or too heavy in a sense then you can add more or remove some. The goal is to have a balance of senses.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe and good vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Vacation Boredom Busters

In Plain Sight Game

This is a fun hidden object game, with a twist. Instead of hiding an object buried under cushions or in cabinets, the objective of this game is to hide something out in the open, where it is visible to all.

Choose any small, unspectacular object for this game, such as a coin, small doll, or action figure. One person leaves the room while someone else places the object somewhere in the room. It cannot be placed under or behind anything. It has to be placed out in plain sight. For this game, the more cluttered the room with furniture and knickknacks, the better.

The person who left the room then comes back and searches for the object. Anyone else in the room should not give any hints. When the object is found, choose another person to leave the room and start the fun all over again.

This is the action figure we use.

We’ve been playing this game since the boys were little. They are both teenagers now and still enjoy play this game. They have gotten much better at the art of hiding in plain sight.

Bonus Game Twist

We play an additional version of this game where the whole house is fair game. We have this stuffed sheep named Shawn. Shawn is a standard size stuffed animal. He usually lives in one of the boys rooms, but sometimes Shawn decides he wants to mix things up and visit another area of the house. Just like in the game above Shawn never hides inside, under or behind things. He only hides in plain sight. There are times Shawn’s new location isn’t discovered for days and others he’s found fairly quickly.

This is Shawn

Hope your family enjoys these games.

Do you, or someone you know, have a preschooler or kindergartener? If so, you maybe interested in my new book, Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten – fun and educational activities to give your child a jump-start to success. Click HERE or on the cover to view.

Until next time be happy, stay safe, and have fun.

Writing Myths Monday #9

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this week’s myth.

Writing Myth #9 – Good Writers are Born

Some people are born with a natural talent, not going to lie. But it’s through hard work and practice that truly makes them a good writer. Writers are people who must write. It isn’t an option for them. The act of writing fills them with energy and life. If they’re not writing they feel as if something is missing.

It’s your passion and drive that makes you a good writer. 

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

The Big Book of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Blockbusters is Coming Soon – stay tuned for release details.

Writing Prompt Friday June 26th

Happy Prompt Friday! It’s time to get your thinking caps on and get creative.

Today I have some interesting prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Remember prompts are a way to get your mind in shape for writing. Getting those creative muscles stretched and ready for action. Total bonus if a prompt turns into an awesome short story.

Here are the prompts for your writing pleasure.

  • How the hell did I end up here?
  • A nice cold lemonade on a hot day.
  • I don’t get it. How do you ride a camel?
  • That’s a nice feather in your cap.

I hope one of these prompts tickled your fancy and you’re off and writing.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.

Honey vs Vinegar The Power of Positivity

 

We’ve all heard the saying, “you attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” A positive comment is your attractive honey, and negative comments are your vinegar. 

A positive comment or request can go a long way with a child. We have a tendency, as humans, to focus on the negative or to correct a behavior. As parents, that’s what we do to help our children learn. So we focus on correcting undesirable behaviors. Unfortunately we say things like, “don’t run, get off the table, out of my chair.” All our children are hearing is the negative, the behavior we don’t want them to do. If we reverse what we say to the positive, or the action we want them to perform, we will get a different result. Just changing how we communicate we can achieve a much better result.

Examples

Don’t run —> Walking feet or Walk in the house

Get off the table —> Feet on floor

Out of my chair —> Mom’s chair

Stop touching —> Hands to self

With this change our children are hearing the positive, expected behavior, and can more easily comply with our requests. This also aids in their social emotional learning.

If you are looking for more tools for your preschooler or kindergartener you may like my new book, Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten fun and educational activities to give your child a jump start to success. Click HERE or on the cover to view.

Until next time, be happy, and stay safe.

Writing Myths Monday #8

Welcome to another installment of Writing Myths Monday. I hope this Monday morning finds you well. Let’s jump into this weeks myth.

Writing Myth#8 – I need a Masters in Fine Arts. Well if that’s true I have a lot of successful author friends who have a lot of explaining to do. You don’t need a degree to prove that you are a good writer. Your own dedication to improving your writing is what makes you a good writer. What a MFA does for you is give you a sheltered period to write. You’re immersed in all things writing, but you can create that for yourself by going to conferences or retreats. Unless your ultimate goal with your writing is to become a professor at a university, you don’t need a MFA to be a writer.

Until next time, be happy, stay safe, and good writing vibes into the universe.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall , for the fun of it.