Of all the things in the night sky, the moon is the things that my kids have always found the most interesting. How it waxes and wanes throughout the month. This simple Phases of the Moon for kids craft is to create a Lunar Cycle Light display is easy and fun to make and they can hang up to remind them of the moon phases.
Many Moons by Remi Courgen – Moon Book for Preschoolers
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Many Moons by Remi Courgen, shows children how to look at the phases of the moon by comparing the shapes with things they will know and recognise. A wonderful book that is beautifully written and has striking black, white and yellow illustrations.
I really enjoyed reading this book and it inspired me to make a simple night light to show my child how to track the phases of the moon!
This seemed an ideal craft to share with you as part of the summer storybook activities for kids on Rainy Day Mum!
What You Will Need to make these Moon Phase Lights
Small Window Envelopes – something similar to these from our affiliate Amazon link
Circular Object to draw around that fits in the window of the envelope
How to Make Your Moon Phases Night Light to Teach Kids
Time needed: 50 minutes.
Simple Lunar Cycle Craft for Kids to create a light up moon phases display showing the waxing and waning moon
- Create your moon template
Place your circular object to draw around in the centre of the plastic window and draw around it with a black marker.
- Colour around the outside of the circle
Using the black marker pen colour around the outside of the circle to make the night sky
- On 1 window
Colour in the circle black as well.
- On 1 window
Colour in the circle with a yellow marker pen
- Create waxing and waning moons on the other windows
Using the circular object draw around it to create waxing and waning moons on all of the other envelopes.
- Colour in the waxing and waning moons
Carefully using the black and yellow markers colour in the waxing and waning moons on the envelope to create a sequence of the phases of the moon.
- Allow to dry
Before you proceed make sure that your moon phases are completely dry.
- Attach the Envelopes to the Fairy Lights
Carefully place an envelope in the order of the moon phases over each of the battery operated fairy lights. Attach in place on the wire with a small clothes peg.
- Hang Up
Hang up in place and then switch on to display and lit up lunar cycle with your very own moon phases night light or display.
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