My son is going through what I like to call a moon phase. He is absolutely fascinated by the moon. Every time he catches a glimpse of the moon at night, he has to point it out with enthusiasm.
And naturally, Goodnight Moon is one of his favorite books to read at bedtime!
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So to take that fascination a little further, I decided that a moon craft was in order! We chose aluminum foil as the main material to work with because of the wonderful sensory experience it provides. The bumpy foil texture is a great representation of the craters found on the moon, while the shiny appearance helps to demonstrate how the light from the sun reflects off the moon.
- Black construction paper
- Sheet of aluminum foil
- Star stickers – buy here
- Yellow construction paper
We started with a sheet of aluminum foil and cut it into a large circle.
We needed a way to make it look more like the texture of the moon so decided to crinkle it up into a ball (the kids will love this ;)!).
Have your child carefully open the ball and flatten it out. Let your child explore the foil texture as they smooth it out.
Aluminum foil is such a unique material for sensory exploration. It’s crinkly sound, shiny appearance, and bumpy texture will pique their curiosity every time they work with it.
This is the perfect opportunity to talk about the foil material and relate it to the moon they see at night.
Next, help your child glue the foil onto a black sheet of paper.You can add a starry sky and little sun in the top corner to teach your child where the moon gets it’s glow from.
My little guy loved worked with foil. It had a calming effect on him and think it would be a great activity to do during quiet time.
This is such an easy and educational craft for your toddler or preschooler to do as they begin to show interest in the world around them!
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Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a prenatal and postpartum educator at MommysBundle.com.