My kid’s obsession with the moon

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So, it’s not a picture of the moon, but my kids love to go and look at the moon. And that’s the only picture I have of them at night, and that’s only Batman, I think.

But, I wanted to share a super popular game I played with my kids for the phases of the moon. You take 4 pieces of black construction paper (I just cut one piece into fourths), and on each piece draw a different phase of the moon: whole, new, crescent, quarter (which is really half, but it comes at the quarter phase). Then each kid gets a card, and they have to guess what phase they have. If they’re right they get a button, if they’re wrong they don’t get a button. First kid to __ buttons wins.

Super duper popular, and I forgot to write about it back when we were studying moon.

For some more fun posts about the moon go over to Mommies Wise Little Bookworms.

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What we read this week

So, sadly I returned the library books before I wroet down what all we wrote, but here’s the really big hit of the week:


Dance by the Light of the Moon– this was incredibly popular, I read this more times than I can count.

Other great books about the moon, some we read this week, some are just great classics

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Me and My Place in Space- just like last week, it’s still a fun read.

Goodnight Moon- I’m gonna be lazy and not write a lot, but a great follow up activity to do with your kid, that we ran out of time to do is make your own good night book. You could use pictures, or clippings from magazines, or your kid’s drawings.

Sorry, not really super a lot on books this week. We read lots, but I don’t remember what, it’s been one of THOSE weeks. To see what other people read this week go to Well Read Child.

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The Cow jumped over the MOON!

See, it relates to our theme for the week…….

Supplies needed as we did it: paint, printout, your nursery rhyme book, brad, glue, markers (or crayons), fun foam or construction paper

Supplies for a simple version: printout, glue, markers, construction paper

Here’s what we did, this is a multi-step project, so be prepared to take breaks.

Put a big glob of green paint at the bottom and blue at the top. Spread all over with your fingers.

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Then when your child refuses to touch the paint with his hands, and just sits there and pouts, spread his paint around. Try not to grumble to yourself too much about silly boys.

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Then think calming thoughts after your son ignores your directions and closes the book with the paint wet. Admit after you’ve calmed down that it really does look kind of cool. Then your other two children will think it looks cool, and do the same thing. Remember, this is their project, repeat that over and over in your head as they giggle hilariously.

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Have very disappointed kids when you tell them, no they are not going to take a bath, but instead will just wash their hands.

Now wait a long time for the paint to dry, because Princess needed half a bottle of paint on that paper. In reality, we came back to the project in the afternoon.

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Come back and color the printouts. Notice how much happier Superman is now that he’s had a good nap?

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Cut out and glue on. In the ideal world, all of the characters are put on the grass on the same side of the page, and the kids glue the words on another page. In Batman’s world they go where ever he wants, and he took particularly nasty delight in breaking up the dish and the spoon.

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While the kids are excitedly cutting and gluing like crazy cut a quick little circle out of the yellow construction paper or fun foam. Cut out the cow and leave a little stick underneath him. Poke the brad through the cow and the moon, and then glue the moon on the page.

Here’s our completed versions:

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Notice Superman’s doesn’t have a brad, becaue he decided he didn’t want his cow to move.

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Princess doesn’t have a discernable sky or grass, because she was too busy having fun with the paint. Oh and the moon is lower than the rest of the stuff.

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Batman probably has the closest to what I envisioned, but not really. Sigh, this is what happens when the kids direct the art.

For the simple version: Color the pictures, glue the words on one side of the page, and glue the pictures on the other. Cut out a moon and glue it down.

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I’d recommend printing out the cow on cardstock for durability, that’s what I did for us.

This is our project for Open-Ended Art Mixed Media. It may not be completely open-ended because there was a sort of plan, but I let them lead the way with a little guidance.
And for more great crafts go check out We Made it Friday!