Friday, May 24, 2013

toddler time: night sky

The toddler theme for our program today was the MOON and STARS!

Mystery Box: there was a silvery moon inside the yellow box today!

Books We Read:
Where Does the Brown Bear Go- Nicki Weiss (read this one first and I was surprised how well it held their attention!)
Rocket Countdown – Nick Sharratt (great!)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star- Jane Cabrera (just sang the first page, probably too long for this age level)

Also Read:
Here Are My Hands- Bill Martin
If You’re Happy and You Know It- Carter

Other Great Moon/Stars Books:
Goodnight Moon- Margaret Wise Brown
Papa Please Get the Moon for Me- Eric Carle
Zoom Zoom Zoom, I’m Off to the Moon- Dan Yaccarino

Way Up in the Sky
Zoom Zoom Zoom, We're Going to the Moon

Flannel Board:
Four Little Stars (found on What Happens In Storytime)

The moon from the mystery box and the flannel story stars.

Four Little Stars
Four little stars winking at me.
One shot off and then there were three!
Three little stars with nothing to do.
One shot off, and then there were two! 

Two little stars afraid of the sun.
One shot off, and then there was one! 
One little star alone is no fun.
It shot off, and then there was none!

I made little popsicle stick star puppets for all the kids to hold for this special rhyme:

Stars up!
Stars down!
Hold your star and turn around.
Stars up!
Stars down!
Put your star on the ground!

The toddlers loved having something to hold during the program and these were so easy! I’d love to think up some additional verses for this rhyme.

Star puppets and today's craft!

Moon and star puppets

I was inspired my the moon craft found here but I needed a paper version and ended up with this! We decorated with crayons and stickers.

A great program today with 12 kids!

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