I began this activity with a reading of Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. This delightful story features fold-out pages (so Papa can climb a ladder to get the moon) and a nice introduction to the waxing and waning of the moon. After finishing the book, try this activity to explore the phases of the moon.
- Black paper
- White crayon
1) Trace a circle (3-4 inches across) on sandpaper. Cut out.
2) Tape the circle to the work surface. Cut a piece of black paper in four sections. Cover the circle with black paper.
3) Remove the paper from the crayon. Make a rubbing of the circle.
4) Cut the circle in half. Repeat the above steps. Cut the half circle into a crescent. Repeat the above steps.
Using a very rough sandpaper creates a nice “crater” effect for the moon. After finishing the crayon rubbings, we labeled the moon phases and stapled them at the top to make a little booklet.
Make sure to save your crescent moon! We’ll use it next week during our “Star” theme!