We see the Moon in the sky practically every night, its radiance responsible for lighting up the evening sky. On special occasions, we’re lucky enough to see something magical like a solar eclipse! The Moon is quite the anomaly, and learning about its origin and purpose is super engaging when done right.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse encourages fun and educational activities so that kids are excited to discover new things. The Moon has long been a celestial body of interest, and NASA is responsible for getting the American astronauts into space; however, NASA wouldn’t have been able to do so without the help of the agency’s first Black female engineer, Mary W. Jackson, whom they are rightfully naming their headquarters in Washington DC after.
In honor of July 20 being National Moon Day, the commemoration of the first moon landing in 1969, we’ve created a playlist that consists of tracks about the Moon. The list features songs by the Grateful Dead, Phish, Talking Heads, and more family favorites! While you’re listening to the playlist, we’ve also developed a selection of kid-friendly activities and resources regarding the Moon and space.
Phases of the Moon Activity
What you will need:
Dark shade (black or blue) of construction paper to resemble the night sky
White Play-Doh or Model Magic
Plastic bottle caps
What to do:
First, you create a calendar on the construction paper. Each day should be about 2-3 inches wide. Each night, you look at the moon and write notes about its shape and other aspects (shading, texture, etc.). Then, you take a piece of Play-Doh or Model Magic and shape it to look like the Moon you saw that night. The plastic bottle caps help with shaping! Eventually, your calendar will fill up with the various moon phases of the month, and you will see first-hand how the Moon’s waxing and waning works.
Look into your sign and compare it with your life’s context. The following are surface level characteristics of your kids’ astrological signs:
Aries: March 21 to April 20
Aries kids are typically adventurous and energetic! They will be eager to learn new things and ask plenty of questions, and they will never not be bold.
Taurus: April 21 to May 21
Taurus kids can be patient and shy, navigating life with caution and extra thought. They love a steady environment and are hesitant to face change, but they inevitably adapt very well.
Gemini: May 22 to June 21
Gemini kids are total social butterflies, and they are especially fearless when it comes to trying new things. Constantly coming up with jokes and riddles, gemini kids aim to target any audience.
Cancer: June 22 to July 22
Cancer kids are normally very imaginative and constantly coming up with stories and ideas. Although sensitive, they will always be sweet and caring towards others.
Leo: July 23 to August 22
Leo kids are naturally confident and are never afraid to speak up. Very expressive, they will deliver any thoughts and actions with enthusiasm. Leo kids tend to a tad fidgety, but they ultimately put their restlessness to positive use.
Virgo: August 23 to September 23
Virgo kids are truly pure and have good intentions in all they do. They are very observant and therefore mini perfectionists, but they are also particularly smart and selfless. Virgo kids especially have soft spots for animals and nature.
Libra: September 24 to October 23
Libra kids love nothing more than aiding others and peaceful environments. They tend to fear confrontation, but constantly think about and describe the future and their aspirations.
Scorpio: October 24 to November 22
Scorpio kids commit to their actions with immense intensity and dedication, and they are fearless when it comes to confronting things bigger than themselves. Even from a very young age, they will exhibit these characteristics.
Sagittarius: November 23 to December 21
Sagittarius kids are extremely curious and will perceive the world in ways you never thought imaginable. They are always radiating positive energy and confidently cruise through life and its adventures.
Capricorn: December 22 to January 20
Capricorn kids always seem older than they are. Wise beyond their years, they will listen carefully to directions and rules, and they are practical with their thinking and doing.
Aquarius: January 21 to February 19
Aquarius kids are independent and lead strong, unique lives. They love to play outside and interact with nature, and they are very good with memorization.
Pisces: February 20 to March 20
Pisces kids will never fail to be generous, and they always want to teach their family and friends new things. Even though they are delicate, they will remain grounded in situations of doubt or fear. They also probably have an imaginary world.
The Moon’s First Friends: How the Moon Met the Astronauts from Apollo 11 by Susanna Leonard Hill and Elisa Paganelli
This book explains the moon landing in a kid-friendly and intriguing way. There’s no better way to commemorate the first moon landing than reading about it!
“Modern Figures” of NASA
This article published by NASA, “Modern Figures,” highlights women’s essential roles in making early space exploration successful. With modern figures education resources, a video series, and biographies on Mary W. Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan, NASA underscores and honors their crucial work.
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
The Moon Book will not only answer any questions your kids have about the Moon, it will also teach them a number of kid-friendly, fun facts! This illustration-filled novel covers the Moon’s phases and movements, as well as the explorations of the Moon.
Doorways to Astrology For Kids by Hanne Klein
Klein’s introductory novel to astrology is the perfect read for kids interested in the Moon and space! Looking into one’s astrological sign is always fun to do: interpreting some personal characteristics and life aspects may sometimes give a sense of security.
I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay
Curtis and Jay created the perfect book for curious and imaginative kids: a boy befriends the moon and the two go for a walk through the night. The novel introduces kids to the Moon and the darkness of nighttime, explaining that the Moon is the perfect night light.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Carle’s illustrations and story revolve around a girl who wants her Dad to get the Moon for her, just for the Dad to inevitably realize that it’s too big to bring home. The story introduces kids to the phases of the moon by elaborating on its patterns of waxing and waning.
I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth and Tim Warnes
A bear and her cub explore the day and night in this sweet novel, navigating nature and love through heartwarming illustrations. The book underscores how the Moon and Sun are both close and far.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Brown’s novel is a classic staple in any household, encouraging kids to explore and note the objects around them. Although the book doesn’t completely center around the Moon, its contents motivate children to absorb their surroundings.