Learn About The Moon’s Phases With This Wall-Hanging Craft
By Vanessa Magic
Mar 1, 2021
Watching the moon at night when the sky is clear is one of our favourite activities, any time of year. We love looking at all the phases of the moon, but especially when it's full and at its brightest.
The phases of the moon are the different ways it looks from Earth over about a month. This craft will help your child visualize how the moon moves in its eight phases.
- New moon — the moon is dark, so not visible.
- Waxing crescent — the moon starts growing, since a slice is visible.
- First quarter — the moon looks like a semicircle, since half is visible.
- Waxing gibbous — the moon continues growing, more than half is visible.
- Full moon — we see the entire circle of the moon lit up.
- Waning gibbous — the moon starts shrinking.
- Third quarter — again, only half a circle is visible.
- Waning crescent — the moon is about to go dark and disappear.
What You'll Need:
- cereal box or card stock
- mug, cup or glass
- black and white acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- aluminum foil
- glue stick (school glue will work too)
- piece of string or ribbon
- glue gun
- moon phases template
Note: If you don’t want to use aluminum foil, you can just paint your cereal box or card stock. And if you don’t have a printer, you can use the template as a guideline on your screen.
How about a paper towel palm tree to sit under your moons? Find that fun and simple craft here.
How It's Made:
Take your cereal box and open it up so it lies flat. Use your cup or mug and trace out eight circles with your pencil. When those pieces are drawn out, cut out your circles. Circles are tricky to cut out, so be careful and go slow for precision.
Next, take your aluminum foil and crumple it up and then lay it flat. This will make a crater-like texture for your moon phases. Take your cereal-box circles, glue them on top of the foil and cut them out.
Use the moon phases template as a guide and use your pencil to indent the foil with the crescent shapes of the moon.
Using the template as a guide, paint on the moon phases in black. Feel free to leave the moons silver for an intergalactic feel. Or once the black paint is dry, use white paint for the remaining sliver of moon on each.
Spread your moons out in order (refer to the template if you forget), beginning with the new moon. Use the glue gun and put a dab of glue behind each moon, and attach them to a string or ribbon.
When your moons are glued down, hang them on a wall vertically or horizontally. We chose to hang ours close to a window, and wrote the moon phases on the back for reference when we are looking out at the moon at night.
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