Interactive moon phases for kids

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Interactive moon phases for kids
Kids can learn about moon phases through interactive games online. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Kids learn how to calculate current, past and present moon phases with online games that make learning astronomy basics fun. Through interactive games such as "Lunar Cycle Challenge," kids can learn to identify all phases of the moon, from waning and waxing, to quarter, full and new moons.

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Photo Recognition of Moon Phases and Eclipse Diagrams

Name the phase of the moon in photographs in the online game "Moonlight Madness." After a short lesson about moon phases, players choose from waxing, waning, full, new and quarter moon phases after examining photos onscreen, then entering their answers online. Solutions are generated online as well. At Neo K12's website, kids can label the phases of the moon and parts of a lunar eclipse using online diagrams and create a presentation which can be shared online.

Interactive moon phases for kids
Moon phase identification is made easy with interactive activities online. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Moon Phases and Tides

Learn about moon phases and how they interact with tides using interactive games and charts. Use an animated game such as "Lunar Cycle Challenge" to become familiar with moon phases, then go to a moon phase generator and find out the current phase of the moon. This generator also allows a search of moon phases for any date in time thus students can use an historical date rather than a current one for this game as well. Students then determine their tidal zones and locate tide charts online and match the tides up with the moon phases for the date. Kids can also look up the moon phases on the dates of their birth dates for extra fun.

Interactive moon phases for kids
The moon's pull on tides is explored using online tide and moon phase charts. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A Timed Moon Phase Quiz and A Drag-and-Drop Game

Drag moons online to their positions in a lunar phases chart and choose from three levels of play, which increase in complexity with the Lunar Phases Challenge. Play a timed moon phases challenge, which requires players to name all the phases of the moon within two minutes. Watch animated graphics about moon phases then answer questions about the phases, with "cheering crowd" audio tracks when players get the answers right.

Interactive moon phases for kids
Drag and drop moon photos into a chart online to learn the sequence of moon phases. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Indian Moon Names and Simulated Moon Phases

Learn Native American names for different moon phases throughout the year on Western Washington University's Indian Moons website. View all moon phases in a simulation game online at Harcourt School Publishers' website. The site also comes with background information about moon phases.

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