Discover our scientific, cultural, and personal understanding of Earth’s nearest natural neighbor. Explore Marvel Moon will acquaint you NASA's investigations into the ongoing saga that has shaped our Moon. The activities are suitable for children ages 8–13 unless otherwise noted.
Overview of Activities
Moon over My Town: Community members are invited to contribute photographs of the Moon for a display featuring the Moon's changing appearance.
Time Travelers: Determine the order of geologic events on the Moon and meet NASA lunar scientists through comic-book style visualizations.
Wham! Moon!: Create comic strips of our Moon's birth, and use balls of Play-Doh® to model the impact between Earth and a small planet 4.5 billion years ago.
Recipe for a Moon: Make edible models of the cores, mantles, and crusts of the Moon and Earth.
Edible Rocks: Analyze and discuss candy bars with the same terminology used by geologists to study rocks from space.
Rocks Tell Us the Moon's Story: See snapshots of the Moon's history and hold an important artifact of American history with a Lunar Sample Disk.
Growing up Moon
Children visit a sequence of stations to discover how the Moon’s dark and light areas and craters formed, and identify the lunar features that were produced at different period on a Moon map:
Infant Moon: Moon Mix!: Investigate the Moon’s infancy by modeling how different materials floated and sank in the early molten Moon.
Kid Moon: Splat!: Model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons.
Teen Moon: Moon Ooze: Model how the Moon's volcanic period reshaped its features using Rice Krispie treats and chocolate syrup.
Moon's Long History: Impact Paintings: Model how craters can help determine the ages of lunar surface, using paint and cotton balls.
Grown-up Moon: What Do You See in Today's Moon?: Use your imagination to discover an object or character in the Moon.
Future Moon: The Footsteps of Explorers: Make “Moon dust” by dropping impactors onto layers of graham crackers.
Moon in Action: View the Moon outside with the naked eye and binoculars or telescopes
Mirror Moon: Investigate the source of the Moon's light using an aluminum foil ball and flashlight.
Earth’s Bright Neighbor: Construct a scale model of the Moon, Earth, and Sun, and consider what it would be like if there was no Moon.
Loony Lunar Phases: Hear a story, song, or poem that celebrates the Moon’s different phases, recreate lunar phases using cookies, and write a Moon-inspired poem.
Lunar Phases: A Dance Under the Sun: Model the Moon’s phases using a Styrofoam ball and sunlight.
Spin! Day and Night: Explore Earth's rotation and the Moon's role.
Steady Partner, Steady Seasons: Explore how Earth's tilt creates the seasons, then model how Earth's axis would wobble if its tilt was not stabilized by Moon.
Dance of the Moon and Oceans: Model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes ocean tides.
Moon Mythbusters: Sort puzzle pieces into the "Far-out Far Side" and "True-Blue Blue Moon".
Penny Moon: Use a penny and a quarter to model the Moon’s rotation on its axis.
My Take on the Moon: Create zines about an aspect of the Moon.