Our moon is so fascinating. Space itself is really fun to learn about, but today we are focusing in on the moon. My little one is always interested in where the moon is and when it is “going to sleep” and “waking up”. How can we teach our kids about it? We’ve got a handful of crafts and activities inspired by What Do We Do All Day?
10 Ways to Learn About The Moon
1. Here’s a preschool activity to help learn about the different phases of the moon. This includes a free printable for you to use!
2. Make your own phases of the moon puzzle that your kids will love. Construction paper, poster board, and a marker is all you need!
3. Make your own moon sand by combining corn starch with regular play sand. This is a really interactive activity that you probably want to take outside!
4. Use flour and marbles to create a replica of craters, using this experiment as a time to explain what they are and how they happen.
5. Here’s another fun way to learn about moon phases. Use circle stickers cut to different sizes and place them on the calendar in correlation with it’s phases.
6. Learn about what a harvest moon is and create some cool art in the process! It is always fun to see our kids interpretations of things.
7. Using an empty salt container you can make a moon phase viewer to project different moons onto your ceiling!
8. Cut out circles of paper in the different shapes of the moon in it’s phases and chart them for comparison. You can keep this for reference later on as well.
9. Make a fun space play mat! These mats are a wonderful addition to the play room and provide hours of fun.
10. If you’re looking for some lunar books to read, there are a number of great reads to introduce your kiddos to the moon and the solar system.
Here are our Top 5 favorite 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).