Phases of the Moon Board
This video models how to make a Phases of the Moon board: https://youtu.be/L3_d7s5M55A
This activity is an interactive demonstration of the phases of the moon.
- Cardboard or Foam Board (20 inch x 30 inch)
- Yellow construction paper
- Box cutter
- Alternative to a compass: Tie a piece of string to 2 pens or pencils. Use one pen as an anchor and the other pen to trace the shape of a circle.
- 8 ping pong balls
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Tape or glue stick
- Black marker
- Use a compass to draw a circle (larger than your head) in the center of the cardboard. Use a box cutter to cut the circle from the cardboard.
- Use scissors to cut a semicircle from the yellow construction paper. This will symbolize the Sun. Line up the flat edge of the semicircle Sun with the short end of the cardboard. Use tape or a glue stick to attach the Sun to the cardboard.
- Using a black marker, color half of each ping pong ball.
- Create labels for each moon phase: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, 3rd Quarter, Waning Crescent
- Attach ping pong balls and labels as shown in the diagram below. Use hot glue to attach ping pong balls and tape or a glue stick to attach the labels.
- Have two students hold the board steady while a third student places their head through the opening, facing the Sun. The student inside the board should turn their head/body counterclockwise to view each of the different moon phases.