Moon Phase Canvases

Kids can learn about the different phases of the moon with this educational space-themed craft project.

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Take two round canvases and cover the whole of them with black paint, then leave to dry.
  2. Take another two round canvases and use a pencil to draw a small moon shape, about a quarter of the size of the canvas, on one side of them.
  3. Leave the moon shape white and fill the rest of the canvas in with black paint. Mix up a grey paint colour and paint small markings on the white section of the canvases to create the moon texture.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with two more canvases, however this time the moon shape should cover half of the canvas.
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 again with two more canvases, but this time the moon shape should cover three-quarters of the canvas.
  6. Take one round canvas and cover it with light grey markings to create the full moon.
  7. Once the canvases are dry you can arrange them in the right order.

Top Tip

Use a large paintbrush to fill in the black areas of the canvas faster.

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