Moon? When is the moon out? Most children age six and under know it is out at night! And they might argue even when looking at the moon in the daytime sky. Hmmm, something isn’t quite right. Many children have firm opinions on this subject and think the sun is out during the day, the moon at night, and please don’t try to convince them otherwise. FOSS Science Kits for Grade 1 have a lesson teaching about the moon and that it is often visible during the day. But first graders might have a difficult time believing such nonsense! There is homework related to this topic but often families are too busy to take the time to complete it. This is an important concept for children.

Help Children Realize the Moon Can Be Out in Daytime

Help Children Realize the Moon Can Be Out in Daytime


“On average, the moon is above the horizon for 12 hours a day. Some of those 12 hours are bound to coincide with the sun’s—producing a daytime moon.”

Children find a picture such as this one showing the moon at night to be correct.

the moon at night

And the sun is just supposed to be out during the day, of course! Correct again.

the sun is out during the day

So, is the sun only out during the day?

is the sun ever out at night

What about the moon, is it ever out during daytime?

the moon can be visible during the day

Actually, the daytime moon has been called the “children’s moon” as their eyes are sharp enough to be able to see it!

moon in blue sky

Help children observe and appreciate nature, the sun, the moon, and the realization that the sun and moon can be out at different times. Your first grade science teacher will thank you! And you will enjoy being in nature with the children.


Thank you for reading, Carolyn

You might also like the post about Wait Until the Moon is Full work page and answer key freebie.


Science Free

This page has links to free science printable blog posts.  The printables and resources are available at the blog post links. There are more, so please use the search bar in the top right of each page to search for other resources.


The bubbling snowman is simply a version of using baking soda and vinegar which children never seem to become tired of doing. When the bubbling begins, it looked like it is snowing.  Please see the blog post here for more information and a short video.


Vertebrates/invertebrates sort, free PDF, instant download at the blog post.


Leaf-shaped 3-part cards printable — download at this blog post link.


Math and nature Fibonacci posters can be downloaded in the free eMember area. 

free bog-plants-science-printable

free printable with matching cards for teaching about bogs is at this blog post. The suggested text is not required for using the cards in the PDF, but some source of information would be nice to have on hand.


Information about a free magnets printable is at this blog post. The printable will be found in our free eMembers area.

free what-lives-on-the-prarie-plants-and-animals

Free student interactive notebook printable for studying plants on the prairie at this blog post. What plants and animals live on the prairie? Find out in this printable.


Observe and journal about a tree for an outdoors science activity. Visit the same tree a each season of the year to notice what is happening. More information and a free PDF is available at the blog post.


Have you see the dancing dime experiment to demonstrate that warm air takes up more space than cold air? See the post at this link for more information as well as a very short video.


Solar Bead Necklaces are amazing for children but do not tell the secret while inside and working on the project. Let children discover for themselves how the sun causes these beads to reveal their colors.  They will be happy to share the information with you! For information please see the blog post at this link.

free nonfiction-book-about-a-rabbit-growing-and-work-page

Watch Me Grow, Rabbit is a nonfiction book for children with facts, information, and photos that show how rabbits grow and live. The free printable at the blog post has a worksheet and answer key to accompany the text.


Science experiments at home using test tubes, nature print paper activities, and breaking open geodes. See the information at this blog post.


Build a solar oven and bake smores (free printable at the post)


Grow crystals over night using tissue paper instead of coal, and a few household ingredients.  See information and printable directions which open here.