Sun & Moon Baton Craft

Alternate between night and day with this Sun and Moon Baton.

This craft is great since you can make just the sun or just the moon or both depending on how much time you have.

Sun and Moon Baton

You will need:

  • 2 Paper Plates
  • PVA/White Glue and spreader
  • Silver Foil
  • White, black, yellow and red paint
  • Colour printer and Sun Rays Template
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen roll tube
  • Sticky Tape
  • Black marker pen
  • Sponge
  • Stapler

How to make it…

See steps in photos

For the Moon:

  • Take a piece of silver foil (15x20cm will be sufficient) and scrunch into a ball. Carefully unwrap and smooth out slightly so you have a crinkly effect.
  • Tear the silver foil up into pieces (average 5x5cm)
  • Take a paper plate and place it upside down. Glue the silver foil pieces onto the back of the plate sporadically. There should be lots of gaps where you can still see the paper plate. The silver foil pieces are the lakes and seas on the moon.
  • Use a sponge to mix various shades of grey from the white and black paint and dab on to the plate. Leave to dry.
  • If you want, draw a smiley face on your moon with a black marker pen once it’s dry. Or create a smiley face using art materials such as pom-poms and googly eyes.

For the Sun:

  1. Take a paper plate and place it upside down.
  2. Use a sponge to dab yellow, red and orange paint onto the plate. Leave to dry.
  3. Print the Sun Ray Template and cut out the yellow and orange triangles.
  4. Once the paper plate is dry, glue the triangles all the way around the basin of the plate so that the points just reach the edge of the paper plate and you can’t see them from the other side.
  5. If you want, draw a smiley face on your sun with a black marker pen. Or create a smiley face using art materials such as pom-poms and googly eyes.

For the Baton:

  1. Cut the kitchen roll tube lengthways all the way up the middle. Re-roll into a tighter tube and secure with sticky tape.
  2. Flatten the end of the tube and using a stapler, secure well to the inside of one of the paper plates, either the sun or the moon.
  3. With the first plate laying face down, lay the second paper plate on top of the other (face up) and secure all the way round with a stapler.

Tips..

  • For the moon, show children approximately how big a piece of foil should be before they tear their own foil so they can gage the size.
  • You can paint over some of the foil if your like.
  • Use the sponges to mix the colours and experiment with shades of colour.
  • When making the baton, rolling the kitchen roll tube is not difficult but does require a firm hand so adult help may be required for this bit. Rolling the tube tighter makes a really strong handle.

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