Hey! It’s the anniversary of the first moon landing (July 20, 1969). I find it hard to believe that was a mere year before I was born; it really seems like it happened so much longer ago than that. Does this mean I’m OLD?
If you haven’t yet made my super awesome glowy moon project with your kids, today would be the perfect day. Or just sit back and click away at all this cool moon stuff you can get to commemorate the anniversary and bring a little of the moon down to your kids.
Beckett loves his Moon in My Room. It’s just the right amount of glow so as to not be disruptive to sleep, it’s soothing, and it slowly works its way through its phases, or you can explore it using the included remote.
The Moon Seems to Change. This cute book gives kids an idea of why the moon’s size and shape seem to change. It’s a good intro for younger kids, and includes some simple illustrations to give kids an idea of what really goes on up there each month.
Faces of The Moon. This book is written in verse and illustrated simply- I like the handmade look of it- and it covers the phases of the moon through cut-outs in the pages to follow all that waxing and waning.
Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me. Classic Eric Carle- illustrated with his bold brush strokes and bright colors. The special bonus here is that the pages fold out and up and all over the place, which is such a cool way to convey to kids just how far away the moon is from us. The story is sweet, with a father trying to go fetch the moon for his daughter to play with.
Owl Moon. This 1988 Caldecott Medal winner is a soothing read, with delicate watercolor illustrations that fit the mood of the prose beautifully. You easily get caught up in the joy of being a child, out in nature with your parent, sharing a quiet adventure. Okay, so this book isn’t really about the moon, but at least the moon plays an important role in their walk…
Moonbear Books are sweet little books that will appeal to younger kids- they explore the idea of friendship and appreciation of the moon without delving into science concepts.
It just wouldn’t be a kid’s room without little glow in the dark moon and star stickers, would it?
The Shoot The Moon game is simple but addictive- I remember spending hours trying to master getting the ball to balance precisely on the bars and controlling where it drops.
Extra Moon Bonus for you! Mensa for Kids has these wonderful lesson plan sheets including a project idea, coloring sheets and lots of moon info.
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