M is for Moon

Friday, September 16, 2011

M is for Moon

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This M is for Moon Unit is great for the whole family. Preschool and homeschool families alike will enjoy the creative play, free printables, oreo moon phases, and more to make this unit stick in a fun, memorable way.
M is for Moon Unit for Preschool and Homeschool Families

M is for Moon Preschool and Homeschool Unit

M is for Moon Information Sheet (download below)As we started our 2 week alphabet and science study "M" for Moon we decided to recreate Apollo 11 - the first time people landed on the moon. First, I did some research & compiled pictures & information (included in download) to share with the kiddos. Then, I had them watch some video clips & listen to some sound bites from the Apollo 11 mission. I learned so much myself!

DIY Apollo 11 from Cardboard Box

apollo space ship out of a cardboard boxWe then recreated the 3 man Apollo 11- shape as best we could, hatch, windows, limited space, and control panel. The kids then decorated it in their typical creative fashion! We talked about how their was not a toilet on board this 9 day mission! We also talked about logistics of eating floating food or having to tie yourself down while you slept.

We also created a Moon buggy. The kids got their pretend camera to document their historic landing on the moon, a bag to collect moon walks, and wore space suits.

Creative Play: Apollo 11, Moon buggy, collecting moon rocks
We had many hours of creative play reenacting Apollo 11's mission. The kids even recreated positioning for take-off, the pressure on their face at blast off, and we played the original sound clip for their ascent. A memorable 2 weeks!

Homeschool Science Solar System Unit

I bought this solar system to decorate our room before our space unit. The kids loved having a decorated school room! They got really good at naming all the planets. Goofy even pointed out the asteroid belt to me between mars & Jupiter - wow I can't believe he remembered that from one of the books we read! We also played a game where I would say the name of a planet & they would run underneath it. Then they got to call out the planets & I would run underneath them. Super fun! We did solar system puzzles & played Solar System Bingo ($5)
Solar System in our school room
Solar System PuzzleGoofy playing find that planet in our school room
The kids LOVE using our Bingo markers so they enjoyed making astronauts with this with M Bingo Paint Pages

We made craters in our moon dust from the My Father's World Curriculum.

M is for Moon Learning Worksheets

We also did worksheets to enhance our learning! I used my favorite go-to places: Homeschool Creations & 1plus1plus1equals1. I used the Solar System Pack by 1plus1plus1equals1: what’s a planet, planet mini book (my kids love these mini books), and vocabulary word flashcards. Plus there are lots of other great goodies here!
Planets Mini BookWhat's a Planet Cut & Glue Practice Sheet
I also used more free goodies from Jolanthe in her Astronaut Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations. My kids liked the space ship color book, shadow/image match-up (harder to do than I thought it would be), different sized rockets (practice order, right/left, middle, etc.), find & color all the a’s, and fun tracer & pre-writing pages.
Shadow Match-up ActivityFind & Color all the A's activity
This has to be one of our favorite activities! We made the different phases of the moon with Oreo cookies! I know, how cool is that?!?!? I made a worksheet to go with it that looks a little neater that you are welcome to use (in the download). This was some serious, delicious, learning fun!

Oreo Moon Phases Kids Science Activity

Oreo Moon Phases (see below for download)
We made Oreo Moon Phases! This had to be one of our favorite activities for the unit. In the free printable below I have a printable worksheet withe where to put your oreos and the moon phases.

Moon Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Our Space Sensory Tub was a HUGE hit! We bought the Safari LTD Space Toob and MOON SAND WHITE from Amazon.
Moon Sensory Box

Moon Games

We played the Astronauts to Earth Race Game by MamaJenn. We even bought the Photo Stacking Cubes to play the game (which we have gone on to use in so many things!). There are TONS of other games to play with them. Goofy has been enjoying them to learn the Dolch Words.  We each made a flag to put in the "moon" when we landed to show we were there. We also made popsicle stick stars to hang from the ceiling.
Astronauts to Earth Race GameFlags to put on the moon
We practiced our numbers and constellation shapes with star stickers.
Practice counting with stars'Shape' Star Constellations

FREE Printable Spanish Vocabulary Flashcards

I also created some Spanish vocabulary flashcards to go with our unit AND a moon counting book (They are also in the download). The kids are coming right along with their Spanish!
Feel free to download my resources by clicking on the image below. Feel free to hare with other by referring them back to my blog. Just please don’t link them right to the resources if you share them. Thanks!
Free Moon Resources to Download

Moon Books for Preschoolers and Homeschoolers

There are several books I used & really loved. But my favorite is On the Moon by Anna Milbourne. My other resources we used & loved are above this post.

More Early Education Resources for Families


  1. What a very fun week!!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. Very cool! The oreo idea is FANTASTIC!!! I'll tuck that one away for sure.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! we are currently havin space as a topic at home and the kids have so much fun with it! The Moon buggy looks awesome!

  4. Great week!! I remember doing the oreo moon phases with my oldest when she studied astronomy. Such fun!

    Popping in from Tot School.

  5. love the moon phase biscuits - gonna remember that one. Thanks for visiting
    Zelda Homeschool Escapade

  6. I love a delicious project, for sure. How fun was it using those oreo cookies? What a great idea. The entire 2 week project was amazing, thanks for sharing. I love creativity and fun when it comes to learning. Children have so much fun that they forget their learning.

    I'm your newest follower. Thanks for following me. I'll be checking in often to chat about your blog post. .

  7. Thanks everyone! I so appreciate you taking the time to leave me your encouraging comments!!
    Beth =-)

  8. I love your moon unit! Space is one of my most favorite things to teach, and now I have a bunch of new ideas! Thank you. And thanks for inviting me over to link up with you!

  9. Hi Beth! thanks for joining me on my blog with a link back to yours...I am very glad to have stopped by! I am so inspired by this post! I have been dreaming of homeschooling sinc being pregnant with my 1st son (now 21 months...so fast!) There are so many in my life against it and I know if that is the route we decided to go I will need lots of support! so...consider yourself followed! :)

  10. The moon cookies are brilliant - I am so going to pinch that idea when i get back into teaching! x

  11. I love the moon cookies. Yes lets connect. I can learn so much from you about blogging. Blessings,

  12. love this idea, following you now. Hope you follow back at allmybabybirds

  13. Love the cookies and will do with my boys when we hit the moon part of our studies! Just saying hi and thanks for following me. I'm keeping an eye on you now too. ;)

  14. So cute! I am pinning like crazy from this post. Love the moon buggy/train table idea. So creative! We are getting ready to embark on an Astronomy unit and I am searching for ideas that appeal to all my kids at their various ages. Thanks, Beth, for the links you posted as well re: Apollo 11. ~Julie

  15. Cute idea with the moon phase cookies. I used a light box made from a cardboard box and a styrofoam ball hanging from the middle with a hole in each side to shine the moon phase onto the moon at different angles. A bit more involved, but had a worksheet too for shading in the phase seen through the front spy hole. My first graders loved it! Looks like your children enjoyed this exploration. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Cute idea with the moon phase cookies. I used a light box made from a cardboard box and a styrofoam ball hanging from the middle with a hole in each side to shine the moon phase onto the moon at different angles. A bit more involved, but had a worksheet too for shading in the phase seen through the front spy hole. My first graders loved it! Looks like your children enjoyed this exploration. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thank you!! I'm short on time to get my solar system unit ready by tomorrow and you totally helped me!

  18. Lots of great ideas here! Thanks so much for linking up to the Education Cubes Show & Tell! May I have permission to feature you on the Education Cubes blog? I would use one of your photos from this post and provide links back to your site. Please let me know your thoughts.

  19. What a great unit study, Beth! I featured your post and your Oreo cookie phases of the moon photo in my Montessori-Inspired Moon Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/07/16/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-moon-unit/

  20. Found you on Pinterest! We're starting MFW M week tomorrow! THanks for all the ideas.

  21. How clever. I am 41 and I am making a moon plate! And NOT JUST FOR THE OREOS, either! ;oD

  22. Hello. I just came upon this post and thought it was wonderful and fun so with the blood moon that just took place due to the leuner eclips (sorry for my phonetic spelling *smile*) we did this fun craft and I shared it on my blog being sure to link back to you here. Thank you for sharing this fun idea and so many of your families fun things here on your blog. I really appricieate you hard work. Sinerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

  23. How clever. I am 41 and I am making a moon plate! And NOT JUST FOR THE OREOS, either! ;oDPPC