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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
The goal is to explore the phases of the moon.
Gather participants around the floor lamp and explain that the balloon represents Earth, the ball represents the moon, and the light bulb represents the sun. Using the stick, circle the "moon" around the "earth." Try it while standing in different positions. Invite the children to observe and describe the different shadows the moon casts on the earth.
Ask the children if they have ever seen a full moon, a half moon, or a quarter moon. They may be familiar with terms such as crescent moon, harvest moon, or "once in a blue moon." Invite them to look for moon shapes they know as you make different shadows.
Use these questions to lead a follow-up discussion:
Optional: Have someone draw continents on the "earth" before it is suspended. Have someone else draw pockmarks on the "moon."
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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