Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Space Station Texas

Books to Share

Astronaut PiggyWiggy by Christyan Fox.

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Bryon Barton.

Man on the Moon by Anastasia Suen.

Mooncake by Frank Asch.

Papa Please Get the Moon by Eric Carle.

Twinkle by Scott Fischer.

What is the Moon Full Of? by Shulamith Oppenheim.

Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon by Dan Yaccarino.

Nametag

Stars and Planets

Make star nametags from an Accucut die at http://www.accucut.com/Star_2-p3722c427-path0.html. Or, use the planet pattern provided at the end of this program.

Rhymes and Poetry

The Moon

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of the “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”)

The round and glowing moon,   (raise arms above head and form a circle)
Shined up the night so bright,    
Out came the clouds,    
And blocked up all its light.   (lower arms, waving hands downward in a sweeping motion)
Along came the wind,   (blow)
And blew the clouds away,    
And the round and glowing moon   (slowly raise arms above head and form a circle)
Was shining once again.    

Recite the Mother Goose rhyme, “Hey Diddle Diddle.”

Recite “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” from The Best Kids Book Site at http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/funfingerplay.cfm?fingerplayid=303

Recite “Planets” and other space rhymes and poetry from the Can Teach web site at http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/songspoems34.html.

Songs

Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Flannelboard patterns can be found on Pages 72-73 in The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley.

Crafts

Space Scenes

Materials
  • 12 x 18 inch black construction paper
  • Pre-cut stars, moons, and circles
  • Silver glitter
  • Glue
Directions

Give each child a 12 x 18 inch piece of black construction paper, a pre-cut star and moon, and circles in varying sizes and colors to represent planets. Let the children decorate an outer space scene and add silver glitter to their pictures for a nice finishing touch.

Space Scene, Moons, Stars, Comets

Orbiting Objects Paper Plate Craft

Select from a variety of objects to orbit around your paper plate moon, earth or planet from DLTK Kids at http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/space/morbit.htm.

Shooting Star Wands

Materials
  • Yellow card stock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Liquid glue
  • Curling ribbon
  • Glitter
  • Straws
Directions

Using the star pattern from Family Fun at http://familyfun.go.com/printables/craft-templates/printable/star-pattern/, cut a star for each child from yellow card stock or construction paper. Cut up enough 2-foot pieces of curling ribbon for each child to have 3 to 4 pieces. Pre-curl the ribbon and give each child several pieces. Let the child tape or staple the ribbons to the top of the straw; tape or staple the star to the top of the straw; and decorate the star with glitter.

Shooting Star Wand

Games and Activities

Play the “Planet and Star Games” from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station07/outer_space_jun07.shtml.

Guest Speakers

Invite someone from a local planetarium or astronomy group to speak to the kids about stars and planets.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Astronauts by Carmon Bredeson.

Lift off! by Carmon Bredeson.

Moondogs by Daniel Kirk.

On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl.

The Planets by Martha Rustad.

Pupniks: The Story of Two Space Dogs by Ruth Lubka.

Bulletin Board

Blast off to Storytime!

Create a space scene on your bulletin board. Make a large moon with a rocket on it. Add stars and other planets.

Display

Ask a staff member or a local astronomy group for a telescope and star guides to display. NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center loans displays to non-profit organizations, free-of-charge. Be sure to book well in advance. Visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/events/exhibits/index.html for details.

Decorations

Place glow-in-the-dark stars and planets on the ceiling and walls of the storytime room, and turn off the lights and show the children the starry sky! Be sure to announce in advance that you are going to turn off the lights.

Incentives

Purchase “Solar System Dot Stickers” from SmileMakers at http://www.smilemakers.com/Smilemakers/product_family.asp?family%5Fid=1723&


gift=False&mscssid=00361E1C9B508439CB7C677168ED4717
in packages of 75 for $5.99.

Refreshments

Serve prepackaged Moon Pies in a variety of flavors. Top them off with a glass of milk. Or, serve freeze dried ice cream and Tang.

Audio Recordings

“Aikendrum” on Raffi the Singable Songs Collection by Raffi.

“Rocket” on Toot! Toot! by The Wiggles.

“Moon Moon Moon” on Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

All About Astronauts. (61 minutes)

All About the Planets. (23 minutes)

The Big Space Shuttle. (50 minutes)

Magic School Bus Space Adventures. (82 minutes)

Reading Rainbow: Space Case. (30 minutes)

Web Sites

Johnson Space Center’s Web site for Children


http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/


This web site includes games, projects, fun facts and more, all presented in a kid-friendly format.

NASA


http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/index.html


The NASA web site has a special area for students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade with informational articles, a picture dictionary, and games.

Professional Resources

The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley.

Accucut

http://www.accucut.com/


Purchase dies, die-cut machines, and laminators from this web site.

The Best Kids Book Site


http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/



Storytime ideas, books, crafts, and fingerplays can be found on this web site.

Can Teach


http://www.canteach.ca/index.html


This web site contains lesson plans, recipes, songs, poems, and numerous other resources for elementary teachers.

DLTK’s


http://www.dltk-kids.com/


This web site has a variety of crafts for kids, ages 2 and up.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express


http://www.preschoolexpress.com/


This web site includes Toddler and Preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts and patterns. The pattern section is useful when making nametags.

SmileMakers


http://www.smilemakers.com/


Good quality stickers and small incentives are available from this web site.

Craft Materials

Planet Name Tags

Planet Name Tags Sheet - 6 Saturn Planet Outlines



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