This week we combined a reading of Kitten’s First Full Moon with this fun creative moon activity for kids that doubles (if you want it to) as a wonderful lead-in to a space unit for kids. I created a simple free moon activity printable to make it even easier for you to enjoy this activity with your own children or students! Once they get curious about the moon, you can introduce them to these wonderful non-fiction books about Space for further exploration:
- Space: A Visual Encyclopedia
- National Geographic Little Kids First BIG Book of Space
- Astronomy and Space
- Big Book of Rockets and Spacecraft
- Look Inside Space
- Living in Space
As well as these fun fiction books:
And these fun Space Activities:
- Make this simple paper space shuttle
- DIY Cardboard Space Shuttle – with light-up panel!
- LEGO City Space Port
- LEGO Education Space and Airport Set
Moon Activity for Kids
This activity was super easy to put together! I used our moon photo from the Supermoon last September, put it on a sheet of paper, and told the kids to see what they could find. At first they didn’t see anything, but pretty soon they were finding all sorts of fun pictures in the moon’s craters!
We talked about the moon has craters because it has been hit by many asteroids and meteors. Our own planet has also been hit by many asteroids and meteors over the years, but since things grow on the earth these craters get covered up and grown over. Lake Manicouagan is one of the clearer sites of asteroid damage that you can find on our own planet earth. When something hits the moon, there are no plants, no water, no wind to cover them up – so they stay forever, frozen in time.
I loved all the different things my children saw in the moon! Here is what the wrote:
Emma (10 years old):
- Princess Leia
- A steamboat
- Moon Startdust soup
- A sugar cookie
- Smiley Face
- An igloo
Johnny (8 years old):
- A guy
- A mini guy
- A bridge
Lily (6 years old):
- A face with a shirt and hair and sunglasses
- An arrow pointing to a circle.
Lily found more when she woke up the next morning:
- Three circles
- A spoon
Anna (3 years old)
- A worm
What do you see when you look at the moon? Give this paper to your kids and see what they say!
Today’s post is part of Trisha’s wonderful Storybook Science series. Click on the button above to follow along throughout the series! This is my third contribution to the series – you can find my other posts here:
Do you know of a book or moon activity for kids that my children would enjoy? Let me know in the comments!