We are going back to the moon! It’s been over 50 years since astronauts explored the moon. With the launch of Artemis 1, NASA is going back! Even though Artemis 1 is unmanned, it is the first step toward returning astronauts to Earth’s only natural satellite. This is to be the first of several Artemis missions planned. How exciting! To help you share this amazing adventure with your kids, we’ve compiled some great resources and moon activities for kindergarten. Make it a Fun Friday or an entire science unit.
Moon Activities for Kindergarten
First, some fun moon activities for kindergarten, to get your kids excited. With a few minor adjustments, these can be great moon activities for preschoolers too.
Earth, Moon, and Sun Rotation
Let’s all rotate. For the earth, moon, and sun rotation you need lots of room. LOTS OF ROOM! Outside is best. Divide your children into groups of three. Each group will have the sun, the moon, and the earth. One child represents the sun, give them a big yellow circle to hold. One child represents the earth, give them a medium blue circle. The other child is the moon, and they can hold a small gray circle. This helps the children remember what they are. Now the students act out the rotation of the earth, moon and sun. The sun will stand still while the earth slowly walks around them (not too close). The moon goes much faster around and around the earth. If this is too difficult, have your students partner up (one earth, one moon) and you be the sun. Show them how the moon goes around the earth and then have them all go around you. Either way it’s FUN!
Big sponges on little feet will simulate less gravity on the moon. Get some really big sponges along with big rubber bands (or hairbands) to put on your little astronauts’ feet. Tell your kids they are space shoes. Now they can pretend they are walking (bouncing) on the moon. I buy the sponges and rubber bands at the Dollar Tree. I also put duct tape on mine so I could clean them more easily.
Space Gear and Moon Rocks
Space helmets, grabbers, and moon rocks are a great addition to any space center. After suiting up, the astronauts can collect moon rocks. You can buy foam rocks or make them. Gray packing foam makes great moon rocks. I’ve also scrunched up black and gray construction paper into a ball and used it. Anything can be used as long as it is big enough for the grabbers and light enough for the kids. Kids just love to pick things up with the grabbers. We found these at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science gift shop. You can also find them on Amazon. The pictures are linked.
Why not turn your playhouse into a rocket ship? You are going to need a place to put the space helmets, space shoes, grabbers and moon rocks, along with books, puzzles, and anything else relating to the moon. Get out the butcher paper, scissors and tape. Create any rocket or space shuttle you want. As long as it resembles a rocket the kids will be thrilled.
Fly Me to the Moon Art
Create an adorable rocket ship picture using rectangles and squares that you have pre-cut. Little artists simply snip off corners and glue them down. You need to model this step by step before having your students do it on their own.
Make a yummy moon snack. Kids love to cook or in this case assemble food items. This snack starts with a rice cake. Smear on some peanut butter, add sliced bananas and Cheerios for the craters and you have it. Let your kids do it all. Plastic knives work great for spreading peanut butter and cutting banana slices.
Now for some great resources to help you teach your little ones about the moon. Books, websites and youtube videos help build background knowledge for both teacher and students. The following have been reviewed by us and are great for kindergarten.
Books about the Moon
When teaching lessons about the moon, start with a great read aloud. Whether it’s a great book that you read to your students or one that is read by someone else on YouTube, children love read alouds. Here are some we recommend.
Moon! Earth’s Best Friend
Moon's First Friends One Giant Leap for Friendship
Moon’s First Friends One Giant Leap for Friendship by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli: Moon is lonely and she wants friends. Throughout time she asks multiple creatures from Earth to visit her. But they don’t come. She watches and waits until…finally, a spaceship from Earth lands on the moon. This charming book is perfect for learning about the first time men walked on the moon.
On the Moon
If You Were the Moon
Online Resources for Teaching about the Moon
Here are some more fantastic online resources for helping you create exciting lessons about the moon.
Nasa.gov is a great resource. It is my go to website for all things space. When it comes to the moon the following links will be helpful.
- Learn all about the moon from this kid friendly website: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/all-about-the-moon/en/.
- Learn all about Artemis 1 from the following websites: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-i/ and https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1.
- Need a great digital read aloud about Artemis? This website has it. You Are Going, illustrated by former NASA intern Shane Tolentino, was written to help children learn about and feel connected to the Artemis missions. There is a version you can read to your kids and also one read by NASA astronauts: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/you-are-going/.
YouTube to the Rescue
I love finding and using engaging and informative learning videos on YouTube. Here are some very good videos for teaching about the moon from SciShow Kids. If you want more teacher approved learning videos go to Teacher Approved Kindergarten Learning Videos for Literacy and Teacher Approved Math Videos for Kindergarten.
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