The moon is an amazing structure in the sky and so are these Mesmerizing Moon Crafts for Kids! Learn about the phases of the moon, its surface, and more!
I’m not sure how it is in other parts of the world, but here in India, if you find someone who seems to be rather ‘outdated’ in their thinking, a common comment is this: “Man has landed on the moon, but you’re still stuck in the past!” Although it’s been over 50 years since the first moon landing, this saying is still very much in use!
Maybe the reason the moon still appears new to us is because of its mysterious nature because we have so much more to learn about it. That’s why Moon Day is important for all of us.
What is Moon Day?
It was on July 20, 1969 when the first humans stepped foot on the moon, and this day has come to be known as Moon Day. The minute Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, it changed the course of history – you can call it one of the most significant turning points in science.
Many cultures also worship the moon, and many religions base their celebrations around the moon phases. One such celebration is Bakrid that’s coming up on the 21st of July, so it’s only fair that we get busy with some beautiful moon crafts for kids!
If you have a little outer space explorer at home, we have Outer Space art ideas for Kids & ideas for an Outer Space Themed party plus 20 outer space crafts for kids that are as amazing as they look. Use these to learn about rockets, space ships, the moon, galaxies, constellations and so much more.
15 Mesmerizing Moon Crafts for Kids
If you’re wondering why we’re calling it the great big moon, that’s because the moon is the fifth largest natural satellite in the solar system, and the only permanent one for Earth. Super Simple has a project that captures the beauty of the moon in all its glory, and makes you wonder about the night sky.
As mentioned earlier, many religions base their celebrations according to the lunar calendar, which follows the phases of the moon. Hindu festivals like Karwa Chauth or Sankashti Chaturthi and Islamic festivals like Eid are all based on moon sightings. If you’re looking for a card to mark one of these festivals, check out this easy crescent card idea.
One thing we love about moon crafts is that because the moon is not a smooth surface, you can use many different techniques to create texture. A Dab of Glue will do uses aluminum foil to showcase the moon’s uneven surface and the result is impressive!
The moon rotates in synchronization with the earth, which means that we always get to see one particular face of the moon. It’s like the earth and the moon have a beautiful relationship with each other! Crafts on Sea helps us appreciate this fact with a pom pom painted project that’s easy enough for little kids.
Have you ever wondered how the moon was formed? One theory is that a huge rock crashed into Earth, and the bits and pieces that came out as a result of this crash joined together to create what we see today as our moon! Speaking of rocks, if you’d like to make your own version of moon rocks, do check out this craft from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Rainy Day Mum gets inspired from the book, If You Decide to go to the Moon, by Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg. The book has lots of interesting facts along with beautiful illustrations, and you can cement all the learning with a DIY puffy paint recipe!
One of the most awe-inspiring facets of the moon is how its phases come and go in the same number of days, every single time. Although it’s just the difference in the parts of the moon being lit by the sun, we still tend to think of the moon itself undergoing change! Learn about moon phases in detail with a fun craft from Cinta + Co.
We always think of the moon as silvery white, but the truth is that the moon can appear in many different colors. This is because as the sun’s light travels through the Earth’s atmosphere before reaching the moon, clouds or dust can block some of the light. So the moon may appear red, orange, yellow or maybe even blue! Little Bins for Little Hands features a moon craft that is blue, and the fun part is that it uses fizzy paint!
In many parts of the world, the moon doesn’t just feature in religious celebrations – it is also present in romantic poetry and of course, moon crafts! The moon is 3,84,400 km away from the Earth, and it is moving another 3.8 cm away from us every year. Maybe that’s why ‘going to the moon and back’ is the ultimate expression for love! We love how this sentiment is reflected in this cute craft from Red Ted Art – perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Inspiration Laboratories celebrates popular children’s author Eric Carle, who recently passed, with a craft inspired by his book, ‘Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me’. This project uses some interesting techniques like painting on a lid and then printing from it.
If you’re a beginner artist and are trying out new art tutorials, we’d recommend this one from Step by Step Painting. As the name suggests, there are step by step instructions that you can follow to recreate this gorgeous piece of art that is totally frame worthy!
Been trying to lose weight but its not working? No problem – just step on the moon! The moon’s gravity is much weaker than that of earth’s so you’d weight much less if you were on the moon. How cool is that! Another thing that doesn’t weigh much is this paper mache project from Jacks & Kate that looks incredibly realistic!
13. DIY Moon Pinata
If you’re planning a home party for this Moon Day, you can’t afford to skip this lovely moon pinata from Oh Happy Day! It’s also a great decor item for moon-based celebrations like Eid, and would go perfectly well with any moon-themed party. Fill it up with treats for a bash that’s out of this world!
What is the most popular English bedtime book for babies? Goodnight Moon, of course! Generations of children have grown up listening to the soothing, repetitive text of Goodnight Moon and if you’re looking for a simple craft to go with it, this one from Easy Peasy and Fun is perfect.
If your kids enjoy process art or more complicated painting techniques, this project from Choices 4 Children is a must try. Flour and paint are mixed to create an interesting texture that reflects the rough surface of the moon. Check out the tutorial for detailed instructions.
There are many amazing things to learn about the moon, and chances are that with these moon crafts for kids, the more interested they’ll become. A great way to celebrate Moon Day is to visit a planetarium, but if your country is still in lockdown, we’d recommend watching a movie. Some great picks are Apollo 11, First Man, The Dish, The Last Man on the Moon and For All Mankind. There are many books you can check out too, like One Giant Leap or A Man on the Moon. With so much to do, you’re all set to celebrate Moon Day in all its spirit!
This free printable game is perfect for little astronauts to learn the names of the various parts of the solar system as well as their characteristics – all while playing!