Little kids are fascinated by the big, glowing moon in the night sky. Here are some activities to encourage their interest and imaginations. This is an excerpt from an article written by Diane Flynn Keith.
Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for school or homeschool success.
Paint a white, inflated, latex balloon (about 9-11″) with glow-in-the-dark paint. (Available at craft stores.) Let it dry. Explose it to lamp-light for an hour. Hang the balloon from the ceiling. Turn off the lights and bask in the “moonlight.”
Variation: You could get a white balloon inflated with helium and paint it with glow-in-the-dark paint. Then, after exposure to lamp-light, turn the lights off and watch your “moon” float across the room.
Note: When my sons were young, we painted cardboard cut-out star shapes with glow-in the dark paint and attached them to the ceiling in their rooms. It really helped them feel safe in the darkened room as they drifted off to sleep each night. You can purchase colorful glow-in-the-dark star stickers. You can also get them along with glow-in-the-dark moon balls.
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