Looking up into the night sky and seeing a bright full moon or a tiny sliver - it's so interesting to learn about the moon and its cycle. We created this wheel that would be perfect for an at home moon study unit!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Fastener
  • Single Hole Paper Punch, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a large circle from cardboard. Paint and allow to dry. We used a mix of black and blue paint.

Step 2: Cut smaller circles from cardboard. (We used a cup to trace.)

Step 3: Paint the smaller circles for the moon cycle. We used light yellow and then added a little white paint on top for a moon texture. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Once dried from yellow paint, paint one circle over with black for the new moon. We used the yellow paint underneath so it contrasted slightly with the black background of the wheel.

Step 5: Leave one of the yellow circles whole for the full moon. Cut one equally in half. Cut 1/3 slivers off of two - on opposite sides - for the remaining moon phases.

Step 6: Glue the moon phases to the large circle.

Step 7: Cut three small squares from cardboard.

Step 8: Punch a hole (or poke a paper fastener through to create a hole) in the center of one of the squares.

Step 9: Cut two strips from a different colored cardboard (or paint and allow to dry). Add a single hole punch (or push paper fastener through) the end of each of the cardboard strips.

Step 10: Insert paper fastener through both strips and the square with the hole and attach.

Step 11: Glue the two remaining squares to the center of the wheel, one on top of the other. Glue the third square with the strips on top of the two other squares.

Take a look at the night sky and ask your little one to find the corresponding moon phase on the wheel. Ask them how it changes throughout the cycle. Such a fun way to learn!