Moon Chart

July 20th is the anniversary of the first moon landing! Celebrate by talking to your preschooler about the moon and teaching them how and why it changes shapes. A fun activity is to create a moon chart.

What you’ll need:

  • 8 sheets of yellow cardboard paper
  • A circle stencil
  • A pencil
  • Glue and scissors
  • One sheet of black cardboard
  • Glow-in-the-dark stars or golden sticker stars
  • Glitter for decoration

What to do:

  1. Trace the circle stencil shape onto the yellow cardboard paper. Cut out the moon shape and glue it onto the black cardboard paper.
  2. This will indicate the first phase: the new moon.
  3. Only a quarter of the moon will be visible. Glue the rest of the cut out moon pieces onto the black paper, after cutting out.
  4. The second phase is called the "waxing moon." Two quarters of the moon will be lit.
  5. In the third phase the whole moon will be lit, and is called: full moon. A full moon is seen every 28 days.
  6. The fourth phase is known as the "waning moon." Three quarters of the moon is dark during this phase. The moon has a crescent shape.
  7. A complete cycle of the moon could be recorded over a period of a month.
  8. Decorate the moon Chart with stars, glitter, glow in the dark stars, and so on.

A visit to a planetarium might add to this learning experience. An evening under the stars will also do the trick. Enjoy, and explore their creativity!