National Moon Day Handout

Follow the instructions below to create your own painting of the moon for National Moon Day on July 20th.

Materials: White paper, black paper, white and gray paint (other shades and colors optional), tin foil, a compass or circular plate, paintbrush, scissors, and markers or crayons.

Fun facts about the moon: 

1. The moon used to be part of Earth. Roughly 4.5 billion years ago, a rock the size of Mars hit the earth and caused the creation of the moon, which then became caught in the gravity of Earth and began to orbit.

2. We always see the same side of the moon.

3. The moon is currently drifting away from Earth at approximately 3.8 centimeters a year.