Kids are naturally drawn to the wonders of the sky. The moon in its predictable orbit has reflected the hopes and dreams of humanity in all of its sunlit majesty. Kids can explore the changing phases of the moon with a unique Wikki Stix learning craft. The craft is FUN to create while offering kids hands-on opportunities for learning.
Phases of the Moon Learning Craft for Kids!
Discussion Information for Kids:
- Moonlight is actually sunlight. The moon reflects the light of the sun, but does not make its own.
- The moon has a fixed and predictable orbit (circular pattern) around our Earth.
- We get the word month from the word moon. It takes 29 days for the moon to complete its cycle before beginning anew.
- The phases of the moon are the light and dark parts we view from our angle on the Earth as the moon rotates.
Phases of the Moon:
- New Moon – when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth.
- Waxing Crescent – in 2-3 days, the moon continues its orbit and on Earth we view a tiny sliver (waxing means growing and the sunlit portion we view will grow until we have a full moon).
- First Quarter –after a week, the moon appears as a half-moon.
- Waxing Gibbous – Gibbous is defined as “humped” – the moon continues growing toward a full moon.
- Full Moon – the moon is round and is fully lit by the sun.
- Waning Gibbous – waning means less. As the moon continues its orbit, the sunlit portion we see from Earth begins to shrink.
- Last Quarter – the moon appears as a half-moon again, but this time the opposite side is lit by the sun.
- Waning Crescent – from Earth we see the crescent moon shape again before the moon is shadowed again as it orbits between the Sun and the Earth. The moon’s cycle then repeats every 29 days.
- Black, White, Yellow, Blue, and Green Wikki Stix
- Poster Board (one per craft)
- Printable Phases of the Moon Labels (print here).
- Review the phases of the moon. Kids can create the sun as desired with yellow Wikki Stix on the poster board.
- The Earth is created from a blue Wikki Stix circle with green “landforms” on top. There is no wrong or right way to create with Wikki Stix. Each of the crafts will be unique to the skills and abilities of the kids who create.
- Each phase of the moon is created with white and black Wikki Stix. Invite kids to make a circle from one black Wikki Stix. The initial outline can be filled in with black or white Wikki Stix as it corresponds to the sunlit/shadow portion for each phase.
- Cut out the printable Phases of the Moon Labels and press onto the Wikki Stix created crafts. Wikki Stix is tacky and will hold the labels without the need for glue or tape.
Kids will have fun creating while learning about the moon. Be sure have kids watch the night sky for the various moon phases after discussions and the learning craft.
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