These activities make it easy to participate safely in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. They are suitable for a variety of age groups and adaptable for use with whatever materials you have available. Feel free to adjust the activities to better meet the needs of your participants or audience.

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  • Set aside some time each day to look at the Moon. Record your observations in the log provided here.

    Time: One month

    Recommended age: All ages

    Group size: Any

    Suggested materials: Printed or digital copy of Moon Observation Journal, writing utensil or editing app

    Related resources: Moon in Motion, Moon Phase and Libration (Northern and Southern Hemispheres)

  • Make Moon-related art (in any medium). Share your lunar artwork in the International Observe the Moon Night Flickr group using the tag ObserveTheMoonArt, and on social media using #ObserveTheMoon. Image credit: Yoonseung Choi

    Time: Varies

    Recommended age: All ages

    Group size: Any

    Suggested materials: Any

    Related resources: “Moon As Art” Collection, Do-It-Yourself Exploration with Moon Trek, Write a Moon Haiku

  • Create your own lunar impact craters using simple materials. When astronauts visit the Moon for future Artemis missions, they will study craters that may contain water molecules and ice. By identifying areas on the Moon that are rich in water and other resources, Artemis will help NASA understand how to use those resources on later missions.

    Time: 30-60 minutes (This activity can also be done as a brief demonstration)

    Recommended age: 9-14 years old

    Group size: Individual or teams of 3-4 children

    Suggested materials: Marbles or other objects such as ball bearings, golf balls, or wooden balls; a high-walled pan made out of plastic, aluminum, or cardboard; any dry powdery material that can look like the Moon’s surface (flour, sand, glitter); ruler or measuring tape; digital or food scale; newspaper or other covering to protect floors (if indoors)

    Related resources: New Craters on the Moon, Tour of the Moon, Kid Moon: Splat!

  • A coloring and activity booklet featuring past, present, and future rovers across the solar system. Grab your coloring tools and let’s see what you create!

    Time: Varies

    Recommended age: 5-14 years old

    Group size: Any

    Suggested materials: Printed Rovers of the Solar System booklet (or individual pages of interest); coloring utensils (pencils, crayons, or markers)

    Related resources: A History of Lunar Exploration, Make a Cardboard Rover

  • This guide includes four activities to help students learn about the Moon and create a model of a human landing system for the lunar surface. Using science, engineering and geometry, students design, build and test model spacecraft. Activities include:

    • Select an appropriate landing site for astronauts on the Moon’s South Pole by using NASA topographic maps and data.
    • Create a scale replica of a portion of the Moon’s surface that could be an ideal human landing site and identify the geologic features in the scale replica.
    • Evaluate and prioritize items for survival on the Moon and describe how to optimize packing.
    • Design and build a model of a lunar landing craft that will use the thrust of balloons to slow its rate of descent.

    Note: These activities are aligned to specific Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

    Time: Varies (see individual activities)

    Recommended age: 10-14 years old

    Group size: Varies (see individual activities)

    Suggested materials: Varies (see individual activities)

    Related resources: From Apollo Sites to the South Pole, How We Are Going to the Moon video, Make an Astronaut Lander Activity

  • Make a comic book that explains cosmic rays, the danger of cosmic rays, and how the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter works.

    Time: 15 minutes

    Recommended age: 14-18 years old

    Group size: Any

    Suggested materials: Printout of the CRaTER Mini Comic Book; scissors

    Related resources: How NASA Will Protect Astronauts From Space Radiation

  • Channel your inner astronaut! Take a picture of yourself completing each of the Moon photo challenges on the bingo sheet. Share your photos and completed bingo sheet on social media using #ObserveTheMoon.

    Time: Varies

    Recommended age: All ages

    Group size: Any

    Suggested materials: Printed or digital copy of Moon Photo Bingo Challenge sheet, writing utensil or editing app

    Related resources: Moon Viewing Guide, Lunar Photography Guide, NASA Prepares to Explore the Moon: Spacesuits and Tools

School groups and other educators may wish to incorporate or build on these activities in International-Observe-the-Moon-Night-inspired programming. This is an opportunity to get the whole school involved.

Everyone: We welcome your creative interpretation, adaptation, and implementation!

Looking for more? Try these activity and resource collections:

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Education Resources

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Explore! with the Lunar and Planetary Institute

NASA Wavelength

Night Sky Network Outreach Resources

Design Squad On the Moon Activity Guide

Learning Space with NASA at Home

NASA STEM Engagement

NASA Space Place

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