Storytime Theme: Twinkle, Twinkle (Outer Space)

So, this week was another fun week at storytime! We talked about outer space!  This included the moon, the sun, the stars, planets, aliens, astronauts, rocket ships and even a small lesson on earth’s rotation, lunar phases and the calendar year. Whew!  And after all of that, we still had time for crafts!  BLAST OFF!

Books:

  • Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino (This is the story of a little boy who imagines going into outer space on a rocket ship)
  • On the Launchpad by Michael Dahl (This book is a neat counting book for toddlers. Good talking points for the slightly older kids, as well)
  • If I Were An Astronaut by Eric Braun (This is a career series book that provides lots of information about the job to potential astronauts. Plus you see how astronauts get to sleep!)
  • Sheep Blast Off by Nancy Shaw (The sheep find a rocket ship and accidentally take off. But they are not alone…)
  • Our Stars by Anne Rockwell (This non-fiction book provides a great deal of information about celestial bodies.)

Activity:

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Star Sticker Pictures: When I was a kid, I loved those little foil star stickers.  In fact, I still do!  Toddlers used them to create a night time sky!

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Straw Rockets: While I have done something similar for a program before, I borrowed the idea to use actual rocket ship clip art from the blog “Buddy and Buggy.”  On their site, they graciously provide a template for the rockets.  I precut them, and glued two together, back to back, being sure to leave room to slip in a straw.  The kids decorate their ships, load them onto a straw and use the rocket power of their lungs to launch their ship into orbit!  Such fun!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                              

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This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

 

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