One of the most exciting parts of homeschooling is the time available to explore topics that are of interest. When my boys were younger, one of the first topics that really intrigued them was the moon. And so, “moon activities” became the name of the game.
We spent a lot of time reading moon books, observing the moon, sketching the moon… and even making the moon! We made the moon out of salt dough and used marbles to make craters. I swung the boys around in circles to demonstrate how we only see one side of the moon. We sewed crescent, half, Gibbous, and full moons…
We spent a lot of time diving into this topic because it was interesting to my little ones. And if those little ones are interested and curious, then I feel it is my job to keep that interest and curiosity going strong!
If you have little ones that are also interested in learning about the moon, you are in the right spot! I have some fabulous ways to explore and learn all about the moon for you below.
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Moon Activities for Preschoolers
Now, onto all of the moon activities! I have ideas for learning about moon phases and craters, craft ideas, science experiments, and more for you.
Activities for Learning About Moon Phases
Finger Paint the Moon – Enjoy a fun sensory finger-painting craft, then cut up your creation and learn about the phases of the moon!
Moon Phases on the Felt Board from Still Playing School – Let the kids get hands-on as they explore how the moon looks different in the sky depending on its phase.
Astronomy for Kids: Moon Journal from Buggy and Buddy – Use this free printable to record moon observations each night.
Gross Motor Moon Phases from Learn Play Imagine – Get the kids moving as they practice learning about the phases of the moon.
Making Phases of the Moon Using Oreos from Gift of Curiosity – Use Oreo cookies to create representations of the different phases of the moon. Label them and take a picture before having a treat.
DIY Moon Phase Puzzle from What Do We Do All Day? – Make your own puzzle to explore the different phases of the moon. Let the kids explore and build the puzzle over and over as they learn more.
Moon Phases Experiment from We Made That (link no longer available) – Use a few simple tools to set up this experiment. Kids can explore how the moon’s phase changes in comparison to the sun.
Make a Moon Phase Viewer from What Do We Do All Day? – Make a moon phase viewer using an empty salt container. Kids can explore how the different phases of the moon look, and then compare to what they’re seeing in the night sky.
Activities for Learning About Moon Craters
Why Are There Craters on the Moon? from I Can Teach My Child – A simple science experiment that explores how the moon came to have craters.
Moon Math Game from Stir the Wonder – Turn the moon’s craters into numbers and play a simple dice game. Switch it up and make the craters into the alphabet for another take on the game.
Moon Crater Gross Motor Activity from Pre-K Pages – The kids get to be asteroids in space as they explore how craters occur on the moon.
Fun Moon Crafts for Kids
Moon Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Make a three-dimensional moon craft with just a few materials. This is a great way to explore textures, too.
Paper Plate Moon Craft from NurtureStore – Grab a paper plate and some tissue paper for a beautiful stained glass effect.
Moon Craft Mobile from Fantastic Fun and Learning – Bring the moon inside with this homemade mobile. Kids can create the craters on the moon before adding stars and hanging from their ceiling.
Puffy Paint Moon Craft from No Time for Flash Cards – A few craft materials is all that’s needed to make this sensory art experience with the kids.
Moon Science Experiments
The Moon, Willoughby, and the Moon Buggy from JDaniel4’s Mom – Explore weight displacement by making your own “moon buggy” and experimenting with tracks on the moon’s surface.
How Far Could You Jump on the Moon from Finding the Teachable Moments – Such a great way to explore how far you can jump on the moon versus the Earth. So simple, but so meaningful.
Moon Rover Tracks from Preschool Powol Packets – A simple, fun experiment that illustrates the difference between tracks on the moon and tracks on the Earth.
Other Fun Moon-Themed Activities
Moon Rocks Fine Motor Activity from Pre-K Pages – Make “moon rocks” together, and then let little astronauts smash them up.
Making Moon Bread from The Educators’ Spin On It – Learn about the moon with the kids while reading and baking together.
Lunar Landscape Sensory Play from The Imagination Tree – Children can turn a sensory bin into the moon’s surface. They can play, pretend, and explore some of the concepts they’re learning about the moon this way.
There you have it! Oodles of ideas to help keep those little heads in the clouds… or up in space…
Lots of dreaming and imaginative play is bound to happen with these activities. Who knows, maybe our little ones will even be astronauts together one day!
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Thank you for being here, my friend. I hope you are having a fabulous week!