Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ramadan Moon

Moon Phases

  • Paper plates (two per child)
  • Moon Phases worksheet (one per child)
  • Yellow crayons
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brads (one per child).

1. Color each moon phase yellow. Be sure to tell campers not to color the new moon.
Cut out each moon phase.

2. Cut a circle of black construction paper about the size of a paper plate. Glue it onto one of the paper plates.

3. Draw a large square about 2 inches x 2 inches near the edge of the plate. Cut out the square to make a window.

4. On the black plate, glue each phase of the moon. The full moon should go at 12 o’clock, the quarter moons should go at 3 and 9 o’clock, the crescent moons should go at about 5 and 7 o’clock, and the waxing and waning moons should go at about 1 and 11 o’clock. Make sure that the moons appear in the window when you place the other plate on top of the black one.

5. Place a brad in the middle of the two plates to bind them together, but allow one to turn on the other one.

6. Older children can cut an additional circle to put on top of the top plate. They write the names of the phases on this circle and turn that circle to match each phase of the moon.

Special Note: The Muslim calendar follows the lunar phases of the moon. This is why it is important for all Muslims to learn about the phases of the moon.

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