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Phases of The Moon Activity

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The Phases of The Moon Activity is designed for children with learning disabilities to learn and work on fine motor skills. For this activity, children observe the moon each evening (or almost every night) and the teacher has them mold the moon's shape.

Technical Specifications: 

Step One: Gather materials.

  • black or dark blue paper (to resemble the night sky)
  • white & gray colored Play-Doh  or Model Magic clay
  • plastic caps from a jar or bottle
  • chalk or Chalk Markers
  • a pencil

Step Two: The child mixes the white and gray playdough to create a “moon-look”.

Step Three: Use the plastic caps to cut out moon shapes/circles. The child holds, turns and pushes the caps.

Step Four: Observe the moon each night and makes a model of it, using the eraser side of the pencil to create its craters.

Step Five: The child makes a model of the moon each night and records the date on the dark piece of paper with the chalk marker.

Step Six: Repeat.


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