Our moon is so fascinating, and there are so many cool ways to learn about it! Kids can explore the different phases of the moon, create craters on their own version, and even make moon-inspired art.

Kids space activities are some of our favorite ways to inspire a love of learning and an interest in the galaxy. Your child will love watching an astronaut reading in space and may even want to grow up to be one someday!

30+ ways to teach children about the moon
Learning about the moon can be fun and interesting with simple space crafts and activities for kids.

 Learn About The Moon

My little one is always interested in where the moon is and when it is “going to sleep” and “waking up.” Here’s a preschool activity to help learn about the different phases of the moon for kids.  This includes a free printable for you to use!

Learn how to make moon sand by combining corn starch with regular play sand. This is a really interactive activity that you probably want to take outside!

Make a fun space play mat! These mats are a wonderful addition to the play room and provide hours of fun for little explorers.

Explore how to make moon rocks with ingredients from your kitchen cabinets. This sensory activity to a great way to get kids excited to learn about the moon.

Plant a moon garden to enjoy as kids observe the phases of the moon. You can visit the garden a different times to record your findings.

Check out the NASA photo gallery for a look at cool moon pictures and other space images. My son couldn’t believe that some of the photos were actually taken with a telescope!  

Related: How to Make a Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer (for Watching a Solar Eclipse)!

moon crafts and activities including making footprints on the moon, watercolor moon painting, moon sand, and pretend play exploring the moon's surface
Kids will love exploring the moon at home with activities designed to help them learn what it’s like to actually visit the moon. Explore the surface in a rover, make moon sand, create your own craters, make footprints like astronauts, and so much more!

Moon Crafts That Are Out of This World

A giant paper mache moon could be the perfect science fair project. via Jacks and Kate

Spark a reaction that your kids will never forget by creating a moon with fizzy paint! via Little Bins for Little Hands

Make a gorgeous work of art with this moon craft inspired by Eric Carle from Inspiration Laboratories.

The texture of this tin foil moon craft looks so cool. via Make Film Play

Even beginners can create this watercolor moon painting from 3 Dinosaurs.

Here’s another fun way to paint the moon — this time using tin foil. via A Dab of Glue Will Do

Use pom-poms or cotton balls to create colorful dimensions of the moon’s surface. via Crafts on Sea

Homemade puffy paint is another fun texture to add to moon arts and crafts. via Rainy Day Mum

Phases of the Moon for Kids

Make your own phases of the moon puzzle that your kids will love.  Construction paper, poster board, and a marker is all you need for this craft from What Do We Do All Day.

Kids can create watercolor painting of the different moon phases to show what they’ve learned, with this activity from Chalk Academy.

Use an empty salt container to make a moon phase viewer to project different moons onto your ceiling with this idea from What Do We Do All Day.

Learn about the moon with hands-on activities including fizzy painting, making your own moon rocks, and building your own model of the moon.

Why Are There Craters in the Moon?

Make your own moon craters with a fun gross motor activity from Pre-K Pages.

Let kids build a model of the moon from clay and give it properties to match the moon. via Gift of Curiosity

Teach students how craters in the moon are created with a simple lesson from I Can Teach My Child.

Bring excitement to a study unit on the moon with some engaging activities for the classroom via A Day in First Grade.

Perfect for aspiring astronauts, kids can experience the feeling of walking on the moon with this activity from Line Upon Learning.

More Sun and Moon Activities

Learn about the differences between day and night with a craft by Non-Toy Gifts.

Channel your inner mad scientist and make fizzing moon rocks from Little Bins for Little Hands.

Get kids outside with a moon rock hunt from Get Your Holiday On.

This adorable moon button craft would make a fun keepsake. via The Adventure Box

Children’s Books About The Moon

I Took the Moon for a Walk (Board book) -This is a great introduction story about the moon for younger kids. Perfect as a starter book for kiddos (ages 2 and up).

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) – This is a beautiful book that focuses on the Earth, moon, sun, solar system and a lot more (ages 4-8).

If You Decide To Go To The Moon -There is a really great message about the moon and Earth in this book (ages 4-8).

The Everything Kids’ Astronomy Book: Blast into outer space with stellar facts, intergalactic trivia, and out-of-this-world puzzles – Learn about the sun, moon and the Milky Way (ages 7 and up).

Faces of the Moon – This book really focuses on why the moon changes shape and the roll light plays in it’s transformation. This is perfect for kids who have a fascination with the moon and for those who just want to learn more (ages 6-9).

A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky – It’s a great introduction to astronomy and stargazing (ages 8 and up).

Space Activities for Kids

We hope you have lots of fun learning about the moon, whether it’s at home with your children or in a classroom surrounded by students!

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