Setup: You’ve probably looked at the Moon at night lots of times, but have you seen it during the day? It doesn’t look as bright against a bright blue sky, but you can often see it in the daytime! We can see the Moon in the sky for about 12 hours of our 24-hour day, and some of those are in the daytime.
Please download and review the Moon resource sheet with an adult to learn some facts about the Moon before you begin the activity.
Activity: To get started, gather gray and white paint, white and black paper, paintbrush, glue, and optional small objects that can add texture to your project.
If you have a place just outside your house (front porch/backyard) or apartment building (outside steps/garden area) to see the Moon, make a plan to go outside with an adult at two different times of the day—one day and one night—and observe the Moon. They can be on the same day or a different day. Use the white paper for the daytime sky and the black paper for the nighttime sky.
After seeing the Moon, remember what it looked like in the day and night. Can you also think about other materials around the house that you can use to add texture to your art project? With an adult’s permission, select objects that would bring life into your project. These could include uncooked pasta, loose buttons, beads, coins, beverage caps, rice, candy, etc. You can also paint the Moon onto the paper using a brush or your fingers! Think about what the Moon looked like during the day and night, and be as creative as you can in how you “dress up” your Moon in the day and night.
Now, go create with what you have!
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.