Phases of the Moon Visual Aid

My youngest has a newish interest in the Solar System and I must admit I am enjoying the new topic.  We have had fun learning about the different planets, looking at clips showing the size difference and talking about the huge distances in space.  He recently started talking about which planets had moons and I immediately thought it would be a good time to learn a bit more about Earth’s moon.

One of the things we read about was the different phases of the moon so I printed out the Activity Village Phases of the moon page for him.

Phases of the Moon Poster from Activity Village

And then I spotted the Phases of the Moon Mobile and the Phases of the Moon matching cards and wondered if we could use the matching cards to do a similar type mobile.  My thought was I wanted to show the phases of the moon but I wanted to attach the words to each picture (I keep forgetting which is which so I thought it would help the kids to have something which shows the names of each phase together with the picture).

So I started by matching the correct words to each picture of the moon’s phases and glued them together.

Phases of the Moon Matching cards from Activity Village

Then I used our hole punch to create 8 holes in a paper plate and I cut 10 strips of string – 8 pieces for each for each moon phase and 2 pieces for the mobile “handle”. (Just fold the paper plate in half 3 times and you will have equal spacing for the 8 holes)

paper plate folded 3 times to get 8 equal lines

I first created a simple string handle – using two pieces of string – I attached one to what would be the North and South hole in the plate and the second string to what would be the West and East hole of the plate. And then I used the hole punch to create holes at the top of each moon phase card and tied each card to the paper plate using our string.

Phases of the Moon mobile. Created using the moon phase matching cards from Activity Village

But my youngest pointed out that we need an earth and sun.  And I totally agreed.  My son had the idea of using the earth and sun from his orbit model   (And let’s be honest – this is a visual representation of how the moon phases change so the moon and the earth and the sun are not in Proportion but he wanted to show where the Sun and Earth would be).

Creating a mobile showing the different phases of the moon as it travels around the earth

Phases of the Moon visual aid. Perfect for a learning at home activity. Home education

I must admit I think it ended up being a great visual way of showing how the moon changes based on its position in relation to the sun and earth.

Phases of the Moo Mobile mad using matching cards from the Activity Village site. Great as a visual aid for home educationPhases of the Moon. Home-made visual aid. Perfect for home education, homeschooling. Card from Activity Village. Idea from

The Activity Village pages used are part of their subscription package which currently costs around £15 for 12 months.  If you have any queries regarding the Activity Village website please contact them directly


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3 Responses to Phases of the Moon Visual Aid

  1. another mom says:

    Well done mom….I am sure the children learnt a great deal from this example…..


  2. Camie Madsen says:

    What a fun mobile!

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  3. Pingback: Some ideas from the Activity Village site | ofamily learning together

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