Space

Space Storytime! At storytime this week we went outta this world and explored space and the solar system!  Now, as someone who learned about Pluto during school it was very hard for me to decide whether or not to include Pluto in my songs and fingerplays this week.  I decided against it, but boy did that feel wrong!
Anyways, storytime went very smoothly and even though space might be a foreign topic to 2 and 3 year olds they really enjoyed climbing into our pretend rocketships and learning about the planets!

Space Picture Books

space_bugs in space
Bugs in Space: Starring Captain Bug Rogers

by David A. Carter
space_mousetronaut
Mousetronaut: Based on a (partially) true story

by astronaut Mark Kelly, Illus. by C.F. Payne
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Light up the Night

by Jean Reidy, Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
space_the way back home
The Way Back Home

by Oliver Jeffers

Songs & Fingerplays

“We’re Flying to the Moon”
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We’re flying to the moon
We’re flying to the moon.
Blast off, away we go
We’re flying to the moon.

other verses:
We’re going in a spacecraft
We’re walking out in space
We’re landing on the moon
We’re collecting moon rocks
We’re flying back to Earth
We’re landing on the Earth

“Do You Want to go to the Moon?”
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do you want to go up with me to the moon?
point to kids then to self then to sky
let’s get in our rocket ship and blast off soon!
pretend to climb in ship, swish hands
faster and faster we reach to the sky!
jump and reach
isn’t it fun to be able to fly?
we’re on the moon, now all take a look look around
and gently sit down and i’ll show you a book

Flannel Activity

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One little two little three little planets
Four little five little six little planets
Seven little planets and here’s the eight planet
Orbiting the sun.

Mercury Venus and the earth
Mars Jupiter and Saturn
Uranus and here is Neptune
orbiting the sun

I added the planets in order as they came up in the song… for the first verse I laid them down without the names of the planets (they are velcroed on) and then for the second verse added the names.
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disclaimer: rhyme originally came with 9 planets and so the new lyricsa re a tiny bit muddled

Craft
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Name Spaceship!

Materials:
Construction paper
Glue
Markers

Prep work: cut up squares in different colors of construction paper. Cut out triangles for the top and the sides. We also had a lot of stars and moon die cuts available so I used those.

Very easy and looks great!

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1 thought on “Space

  1. Love your space ideas! I’ll bet your storytime friends had a BLAST! (Pun intended ~ lol ~ sorry! I couldn’t resist.)

    Your name craft has given me an idea for a reading incentive activity to go along with it. Should be fun!

    Thanks for sharing this week!
    Have a wonderful day!
    ~ K~

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