ELKHART — Dozens of children showed their crafty side by participating in some hands-on space-related activities at the Elkhart Public Library Cleveland Branch on Monday. 

For the first half-hour, children 6 to 11 painted a moon with a mixture of white paint and flour. 

To complete the moon, they added “craters” using the lid of a water bottle. 

According to Cleveland Branch Young People Service Director Erin Leiter, the activity was done to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which is on July 20.

For the second half-hour, the children spent about 20 minutes decorating film canisters used as rockets. They launched their rockets outdoors through an experiment using Alka-Seltzer and water to see how high their creations would soar.

The activities were part of the library’s summer reading program, which will culminate on July 18.

Leiter said the activities were done to fit in with STEM education: science, technology, engineering and math.

“Our goal is to get the kids to collaborate with each other by interacting and working with kids they haven’t met,” she said. “And we want to show them that a library is a great place where they can learn and have fun.”

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