As soon as the nights get longer and days get shorter, my boys spend a lot more time noticing the moon. If your kids find the moon fascinating too, here are some of the Internet's best ways to learn about it.
1. Play a Yahtzee-like game with phases of the moon playing cards. This is one of Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational's free printables.
2. Make a model to demonstrate how the Earth rotates around the Sun and the Moon goes around the Earth. Preschool Crafts for Kids has the instructions!
3. Oreos aren't just for dunking. It turns out the sweet sugary treat with its creamy white center makes a great way to craft the moon's phases. Check it out on 123 Homeschool for Me.
4. Teach kids why there are craters on the moon with a great hands-on science experiment. I Can Teach My Child shows you how.
5. Get kids active with a game that challenges their knowledge of the moon phases. They'll have a blast jumping from one phases to the next! Learn ~ Play ~ Imagine came up with this brilliant idea for kinesthetic learners!
6. Learn the phases of the moon with connect the dots pages! This great freebie is available from Kids Activities Blog.
7. Calculate how far you'd jump on the moon and get active learning all about the moon's lack of gravity. This great idea is at Finding Teachable Moments.
8. Grab some paper plates and scissors so kids can cut their way to a great phases of the moon craft. Mrs. Parzych's Kindergarten did this incredible activity!
9. What can you do with a ball and some white and black paint? Make a moon to move around the room and demonstrate the phases! Science Matters is the blog to read to find out more.
10. One of the best ways to learn about the moon is to read about it. Fantastic Fun and Learning has a book list of moon-themed fiction and non-fiction children's books.
11. What better way to see how the moon changes than with a model that kids stick their heads through and rotate?!? Stop by Eberopolis for more details!
12. Make a phases of the moon flip book. You'll find the free printable pages here at Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational.
What are you up to with your kids? We'd love to know!
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