For the Solstice this year, I’ve decided to make Lunar Calendars with my older Girl Scouts. I went back and forth several times on how to do this and decided to do the following:
- Cut out one of each of the moon cycles from Science Netlinks. [Hint: number the moons and draw up arrows on the back of them with a pencil before completely cutting them out — they all look the same once they are cut out.]
- Glue them in the preferred order running down the side of two pieces of black foam sheets (glued together) starting at the bottom of the foam. I wanted mine to start with the new moon, and my daughter wanted hers to start with the full moon. Both ways look very nice.
- Draw 14 approximately equal columns and 28 rows on the foam (after the moons are glued on) with a metallic Sharpie (silver works best on the foam).
- Fill in the dates. January 1st is the 6th phase of the moon.
- Decorate the header space.
- Put hangers on the back (anything would do). Glue the extra cardstock on the back of the top of the foam if it isn’t stiff enough to hang.
- Hang and enjoy!
Supply List: 2 large black pieces of foam (posterboard would work quite nicely, too), 1 sheet cardstock to print on, glue and/or gluestick, at least two different colors of metallic Sharpies (to keep the months straight), a straight edge for drawing the lines.
I greatly enjoy knowing when a full moon will be ahead of time. This calendar will help me see the upcoming dates at a glance. Here is a snapshot of mine: