This year, we are featuring activities that make it easy to participate safely in International Observe the Moon Night at home or almost anywhere. These activities are suitable for a variety of age groups, and they are easy to adapt for use with whatever materials you have available.

For even more ideas, explore highlighted collections from our supporters.


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

    Time: 1 month

    Recommended age: All ages

    Group Size: Any

    Materials: Printout or digital copy of Moon Observation Journal, writing utensil or editing app


  • Make Moon-related art (in any medium). Share your lunar artwork in the International Observe the Moon Night Flickr group using the tag ObserveTheMoonArt.

    Time: Varies

    Recommended age: All ages

    Group Size: Any

    Materials: Any


  • Make your very own lander, with a shock-absorbing system which will protect two “astronauts” when they land on a lunar landscape target. También disponible en Español.

    Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour

    Recommended age: 8–13 years old

    Group size: individual or teams of 3–4 children

    Materials*: 1 piece of stiff paper/cardboard (approximately 4 x 5 in/10 x 13 cm), 1 8–12 oz paper/plastic cup, 3 index cards (3 x 5 in/8 x 13 cm), 2 regular marshmallows, 10 miniature marshmallows, 3 rubber bands, 8 plastic straws, scissors, tape. *Don’t worry if you don’t have all the materials. Get creative and substitute materials with what you have!


  • There are as many stories about the patterns on the face of the Moon as there are cultures who have observed them. Discover a variety of characters seen by cultures around the world, and create your own.

    Time: 15–30 minutes

    Recommended age: 7 years old and up

    Group size: Any

    Materials: Printout of Moon Myths from Around the World, tape or glue, pen/pencil


  • Model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons.

    Time: 10–30 minutes

    Recommended age: 8–13 years old

    Group Size: Up to 10 children working in teams of 2–3

    Materials: Outdoor area (such as a concrete patio or parking lot), water, 5 balloons, 5 rulers or tape measures, a towel, colored pencils/crayons/markers


  • Find out how high you could jump on the Moon and other worlds.

    Time: 10–30 minutes

    Recommended age: 3 years old and up

    Group size: Any

    Materials: Colored markers, measuring tape, chart paper, blue masking tape


  • Channel your inner astronaut! Take a picture of yourself completing each of the Moon challenges from the sheet provided here.

    Time: Varies

    Recommended age: All ages

    Group Size: Any

    Materials: Printout or digital copy of Moon Photo Bingo Challenge sheet, writing utensil or editing app


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

Explore! with the Lunar and Planetary Institute

NASA Wavelength

Night Sky Network Outreach Resources

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