We recently marked the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon, when the phrase “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind“ was on everyone’s lips. To celebrate, we’ve found 11 out of this world moon craft ideas for kids – we had to do 11 of course as it was Apollo 11 that made the famous landing!
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Staring up at the moon in the evening was a favourite activity of my kids. We used to try to see if we could spot the man in the moon!
With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the moon, we have kept our eyes peeled for some fun moon crafts that the kids will enjoy.
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Marvellous Moon Craft Ideas
1. DIY Moon Rocks
This easy play recipe from The Crafting Chicks takes some Moon Sand and adds a bit more moisture to make it mouldable to form into rocks. Make them black with some shiny glitter to simulate the sun reflecting off the surface of the moon.
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2. Foil Printed Moon Craft
This foil printed moon craft from A Dab of Glue Will Do is great for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, or even older kids.
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3. Moon Paper Plate Craft
Using a paper plate, some creative scissor work and basic painting skills, children can create an adorable moon craft with an interactive dangling star. All the instructions can be found on the DLTK-Kids.com website.
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4. Puffy Paint Moon
We love this Puffy Paint Moon craft project from Rainy Day Mum. Mum Terri says “it was easy, fun, and so messy that we took it outside.”
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5. Easy to Make Moon Model
This project to make an easy moon model from Growing Curious Minds is not only easy but involves minimal cleanup.
6. Moon Sand
This moon sand DIY from Parenting Chaos is not only a fantastic sensory play experience for kids, it only uses 3 ingredients and it’s safe for them to taste!
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7. Textured Moon Painting
Make your very own Moon masterpiece following the directions on I Heart Crafty Things, which uses a special painting technique to make sure your moon has lots of texture.
8. Moon Phases Activity
This is a super simple thing to create and it shows just how a moon looks at the different phases. You can download the free printable template at Teach Beside Me.
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9. Giant Papier Mache Moon
We love this project from Jacks and Kate to make a giant papier mache moon. To make the moon, you will need paper mache paste and lots of newspaper. Remember to let each layer dry in between.
10. Astronaut on the Moon Picture
I absolutely adore this idea, to make an astronaut on the moon picture and where the helmet space is put your child’s picture. Isn’t it cool that they could be standing on the moon looking down at Earth?
You’ll need black paper, grey tissue paper to make the moon (or blue and green tissue paper if doing the Earth). Then make an astronaut shape out of white cardboard, tuck their face picture in behind where the helmet space is. Then let your child do the sticking onto the black paper. And voila! Your own personalised astronaut in space picture!
11. Fairy Lights Crescent Moon
This craft will definitely need adult help, but isn’t it gorgeous? Make your own fairy lights crescent moon with a wire coat hanger and some fairy lights, all the instructions are on Shinecrafts.com.
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Which of these moon craft ideas do you think you’ll try with your child? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!