We are continuing our Exploring Creation with Hands-On Learning for Kids series today with a look at the sun moon and stars. I have come up with a couple sun, moon, and stars hands-on activities that kids of any age will love to explore.
Today’s Bible Verse:
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. – Genesis 1:14-19, NIV
Sun, Moon and Stars Sensory Tray
I made a mini version of this sensory tray for my daughter. I used a small bin that we had around the house and used cotton balls for the base to represent the clouds.
For the Sun, I used felt and cut it out using scissors. For older children, you could have them do this part themselves.
For the Moon, I used tin foil to make a small ball shape.
For the stars I also used felt ones that I had left over from our Star Shape tot school week we did last year.
You could also use these glow in the dark stars and then use some to hang on the ceiling in a dark room and watch them glow.
Daytime vs. Nighttime
For this activity, I made a simple printable with columns for night and day. I used the felt sun, stars, and tin foil circles to represent the moon so that Ellie could choose which column to put each in. We are also learning sign language, so we used the signs for day and sun as she placed items into each column (since those are the ones we have learned so far).
There are 3 pages in this printable, the first page has both the words and pictures in each appropriate column. This would be ideal for younger children so then place the appropriate item into each column matching the pictures.
The next page has just the words at the top. And the third page has just the pictures for matching the words to.
You can also check out these daytime and nighttime cards from Montessori services.
For more Bible themed activity ideas, check out our hands-on Bible activities board on Pinterest.