When learning about Day and Night, there are a variety of activities the kids can do. For this article however, I’m going to focus on the art. Children are so used to the moon’s crescent shape, that creating a full moon art was actually surprising to them. Some even told me the moon wasn’t round. I of course grabbed this opportunity to talk about the different phases of the moon. An experiment with a styrofoam ball and a flashlight would also be awesome.
Once the class understood that part, we proceeded to do our full moon art. We used a variety of everyday tools to make our night sky. The kids enjoyed using a water bottle and a toothbrush to complete the art. I did however need to remind them several times that we aren’t using the toothbrush to brush our teeth today. (heehee)
What you will need:
- Circle Shape (for the moon)
- Small Star Cutouts
- Black Paper
- Empty Bottle
- White Paint
- Black Paint (or gray paint)
What to do:
Step 1: Have the children paint the circle (moon) with light gray paint
Step 2: Using the mouths of the empty bottles, create small circles or craters on the moon with a darker shade of gray. (add a little more black to the mixture)
Step 3: Glue the moon to the black piece of paper
Step 4: Use the toothbrush to splatter some white paint unto the picture. These will be the billions of stars in the galaxy!
Step 5: For added effect, add small star cutouts on your unto the picture
Doesn’t that night sky just look gorgeous? The kids loved doing it, and the parents couldn’t believe their kids did it! A simple art work with beautiful results! Go try it out yourself. Do share how it goes for you in the comments below.