This moon craft was another activity we did as part of our N is for Night Sky theme. We made a textured moon and then attached it to one of our night sky paintings. The moon masterpiece from I Heart Crafty Things was my inspiration for this project.
I wanted the kids to be able to make craters on the surface of their moons, so I found these Styrofoam circles in a 2 pack at the Dollar Tree. Originally I was thinking of using spheres to show the kids the shape of the real moon, but I didn’t think they would work well for this project. We did talk a lot about the shape of the moon and why it appears the way it does in the night sky though.
The kids started by using the ends of different sized paint brushes, and they had a blast crashing craters on the surface.
When they had as many craters as they wanted to make, we mixed white paint and flour together. I used about 2 parts paint to one part flour, but you can also check out the link above to see how the original author made this mixture.
The mixture was a bit tough for the kids to mix on their own at first, but with a little help they soon had a paste that we could use to paint.
My kiddos love anything to do with paint, so they spent quite a while painting and repainting the moon’s surface until they decided they were done.
Then we used some of our playdough tools to smooth out the surface just a bit. A plastic knife or anything with a straight edge would work well.
This helped the craters of the moon become more visible. We left the moons to dry for a while. I think they looked great just like this, but since our theme was the night sky we had one more step.
Each of the kids chose one of their night sky paintings that we made earlier in the week, and we glued the finished moon to that painting. They turned out beautiful!
Click the links below to see some of the books we enjoyed reading during our night sky theme.
Have you made any special play spaces for pretend play or reading?
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