Every night, you can look up into the sky and notice the changing shape of the moon! Let’s explore how the moon’s shape or moon phases change over the course of the month. What are the different phases of the moon? Learn the moon phases with this simple moon craft activity. Pair it with a book about the moon for literacy and science, all in one!

PHASES OF THE MOON CRAFT ACTIVITY FOR KIDS!

Moon phases craft activity for space theme

LEARN ABOUT THE MOON 

Get ready to add this simple activity about moon phases for kids to your space theme lesson plans this season. If you want to learn about the phases of the moon, let’s get crafting! While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun space activities.

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PHASES OF THE MOON FOR KIDS

Let’s get right to learning about the different phases of the moon and what causes us to see only part of the moon!  This fun moon phases activity lets kids get creative and learn some simple astronomy in the process.

YOU WILL NEED:

Note: This moon phases project can be easily done with construction paper as well!

  • Small white paper plate
  • Blue and green felt
  • Thin black felt
  • White paper
  • 1” circle punch
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

supplies to use to make moon phases craft project

HOW TO MAKE THE PHASES OF THE MOON

1: Draw and cut a 3” circle out from each of your blue and green felt.

cut circles from felt

2: Glue the green circle to the center of the plate.

3: Cut out the water from your blue circle and glue to the blue circle to make the earth.

glue the earth to the plate

4: Use the circle punch to punch out 8 black pieces of felt and glue them around the earth.

cut out black circles and glue them around the earth

5: Use the punch to punch 8 white circles and cut them according to the moon phases.

punch out the white circles for the moon phases

6: Glue the white cut circles on top of the black circles and let dry.

glue the white circles onto the black circles

7: Use your sharpie to write the the name of each moon phase (see below) next to its corresponding shape.

PHASES OF THE MOON TIPS

As I mentioned above, you don’t need to use felt! Scrapbook or construction paper or construction work just as well. In fact, you can even draw circles and use markers to color in the Earth and the different phases of the moon. Get as creative or as simple as you like!

If you can use food, why not try this with a favorite chocolate and cream cookie sandwiches. Oreo moon phases are popular activities or bake your own cupcakes and top them with moon phases!

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WHAT ARE THE PHASES OF THE MOON?

To start, the phases of the Moon are the different ways the Moon looks from Earth over the course of about a month!

As the moon orbits around the Earth, the half of the moon that faces the sun will be lit up. The different shapes of the lit up portion of the moon that can be seen from the Earth are known as the phases of the Moon.

Each phase repeats itself every 29.5 days. There are 8 phases that the moon goes through.

HERE ARE THE MOON PHASES (IN ORDER)

NEW MOON: A new moon cannot be seen because we are looking at the unlit half of the Moon.

WAXING CRESCENT: This is when the Moon looks like a crescent and gets bigger in size from one day to the next.

FIRST QUARTER: Half of the lit portion of the Moon is visible.

WAXING GIBBOUS: This occurs when more than half of the lit portion of the Moon can be seen. It gets bigger in size day by day.

FULL MOON: The entire lit portion of the moon can be seen!

WANING GIBBOUS: This occurs when more than half of the lit portion of the Moon can be seen but it gets smaller in size day by day.

LAST QUARTER: Half of the lit portion of the Moon is visible.

WANING CRESCENT: This is when the Moon looks like a crescent and gets smaller in size from one day to the next

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