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. Learn about the different moon phases with this simple moon craft activity. Pair it with a book about the moon for literacy and science, all in one!
Explore The Phases Of The Moon For Kids
Get ready to add this simple moon phases activity to your space theme lesson plans. 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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Read on to find out what the moon phases of the moon are and why the moon looks different at different times of the month. Create this fun phases of the moon craft from a few simple supplies.
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.
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.
Phases Of The Moon Craft
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.
- Small white paper plate
- Blue and green felt
- Thin black felt
- White paper
- 1” circle punch
Note: This moon phases project can be easily done with construction paper as well!
How To Make The Phases Of The Moon
STEP 1: Draw and cut a 3” circle out from each of your blue and green felt.
STEP 2: Glue the green circle to the center of the plate. Cut out the water from your blue circle and glue to the blue circle to make the earth.
STEP 3: Use the circle punch to punch out 8 black pieces of felt and glue them around the earth.
STEP 4: Use the punch to punch 8 white circles and cut them according to the moon phases. Glue the white cut circles on top of the black circles and let dry.
STEP 5: Use your sharpie to write the the name of each moon phase (see below) next to its corresponding shape.
Phases Of The Moon Craft 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 sandwich? Oreo moon phases are popular activities or bake your own cupcakes and top them with moon phases! Learn how to make moon phases with oreos.
More Fun Space Activities For Kids
Pair this solar system project with one or more of these hands on space activities for kids. Here are more fun ways to learn about our solar system…
- Solar system lapbook project
- Make a solar system diorama
- Build your own satellite
- Learn about constellations
- Create a DIY planetarium
- Build an Aquarius Reef Base model
- Make a lunar lander model
With 250+ pages of printable hands-on fun space themed fun, you can easily explore classic space themes with your kiddos including moon phases, constellations, the solar system, and of course the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing with Neil Armstrong.
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