Friday, October 14, 2011

Night Sky

Book Suggestions:

The Night Sky by Donald M. Silver
How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers
Constellations: A Glow in the Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki
The Moon by Seymour Simon
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Papa Please get the Moon for me by Eric Carle
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
Stars by Seymour Simon

Activities:

Lay under the stars:
Materials: blanket
Description: Take your toddler outside after dark, lay a blanket on the ground, and you can lie on your backs and look at the moon and stars together. Talk with your toddler about the night sky, the shape of the moon etc. They can try to count stars.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to appreciate nature

Sorting Shapes:
Materials: yellow or white construction paper, 2 pieces of black construction paper, scissors
Description: Prior to doing this activity with your toddler, cut out several moon shapes from yellow or white construction paper and several star shapes from the same color construction paper. Lay out these shapes in front of your toddler and ask them to name the shapes. Your little one can sort them by putting all the moons onto one piece of black construction paper and all the stars onto another piece of black construction paper. Do this over and over again throughout the week or your toddler can glue the shapes onto the two pieces of paper. Count the moons and the stars.
Skills targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to sort, teach your tot to count, teach your tot math skills, teach your tot motor skills



Stamp Shapes:
Materials: sponges, scissors, white or yellow paint, black paper
Description: Make your own star and moon stamps by cutting sponges into these shapes. Your toddler can dip the sponge stamps into yellow or white paint and make moon and star stamps onto a black piece of paper.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Night Sky Mobile:
Materials: two wooden rods (or sticks), string, construction paper, glitter, markers, glue, scissors Description: Lay two wooden sticks on top of each other perpendicular and tie together in the middle. Hang a piece of string from the center of the sticks (to tie onto the ceiling, fan, hook etc.). Tie several pieces of string from the wooden rods (to hang the moon and stars). Draw a moon shape and a star shape on a piece of paper and help your toddler cut out each shape. They can decorate each shape using markers, glitter, or any other craft item. Hang the moon and star from the mobile. Throughout the week, add any other night sky items to the mobile.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot all about the night sky, teach your tot to be creative

Phases of the Moon:
Materials: camera or paper and pencil
Description: Talk with your toddler or read a book about how the moon changes. At the beginning of the week, take your toddler outside to look at the shape of the moon. Take a picture of the moon or draw a picture of what it looks like. Take your little one back outside, later in the week and talk about the shape of the moon. Take or draw another picture of what the moon now looks like. Compare and contrast the two pictures of the moon. How has it changed? Did it get bigger of smaller?
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot big, bigger, biggest, teach your tot language development

The Moon Changes:
Materials: construction paper (white or yellow and black), glue
Description: Talk or read a book about the moon changes. Cut out two crescent moons, two half moons, and one full moon from yellow or black construction paper. Show these shapes to your toddler. Talk about each shape, what they look like, which ones are bigger etc. Help your toddler glue the shapes in order from crescent, half, full, half, and crescent. Talk about how the moon starts off small and gets bigger than gets small again.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot big and small

Make Your Own Night Sky:
Materials: flashlight, black construction paper, scissors, a dark room
Description: place a black piece of construction paper over the lighted part of a flashlight. Secure it in place with tape. Poke small holes into the black construction paper and cut a small moon shape into it as well. Take your toddler into a dark room and turn on the flashlight. Point it at the ceiling and pretend that you are looking at stars and the moon in the sky. Talk with your toddler about what you see in the night sky.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to use their imagination, teach your tot all about the night sky, teach your tot to observe, teach your tot shape recognition

Small, Medium, Large:
Materials: yellow or white construction paper, scissors
Description: Cut out three different stars from yellow or white construction paper, making each one bigger than the last one. Show the stars to your toddler and see if your little one can identify the shape. Talk about small, medium, and large with your child and see if they can put the stars in order from smallest to biggest. Next, see if they can reverse the order and arrange them biggest to smallest. Your little one can decorate these stars when you are finished and add them to their mobile.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot big and small, teach your tot math skills, teach your tot that stars can be found in the sky

Count the Stars:
Materials: construction paper or craft foam, scissors, markers, string
Description: Cut out ten stars from construction paper or craft foam. Write the numbers 1-10 on each star. Hang the stars from the ceiling by punching a hole in each star and tying a piece of yarn to the hole. You could use thumb tacks or ticky-tack to attach the yarn to the ceiling. Throughout the week, count the stars with your toddler taking time to look at each number.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot that stars can be found in the sky, teach your tot count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot shape recognition

Letter S and Letter M:
Materials: marker, construction paper
Description: This is a great week to introduce to review letter S (for star) and letter M (for moon). Write the letter S for your toddler and talk about the sound that it makes. Draw a star, cut it out, and write a big "S" on the star. Throughout the week, refer to this star and see if your toddler can identify letter S and the sound that it makes. Do the same with the letter M. Draw and cut out a moon. Write letter "M" on the moon and refer to it throughout the week.
You can keep these pictures for your toddler and review them each week or hang them on your mobile.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot shape recognition


Songs and Fingerplays:

Do you know what's in the sky at night?
(Sung to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man?)

Do you know what's in the sky
in the sky, in the sky?
Do you know what's in the sky,
In the sky at night?

Yes, I know what's in the sky,
in the sky, in the sky.
Yes, I know what's in the sky,
In the sky at night!

A moon shines bright up in the sky,
in the sky, in the sky.
A moon shines bright up in the sky.
The moon shines bright.

The stars twinkle up in the sky,
in the sky, in the sky.
The stars twinkle up in the sky.
The stars pour out their light.

There are meteors, comets, constellations too,
constellations too, constellations too.
There are meteors, comets, constellations too,
In the sky at night.

Look Up:
(Sung to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey)

When the sun sets
everyday
The sky turns dark
Daylight fades away.
That is when
The moon shines bright.
The stars glow too
Every night.

5 Little Stars:

5 little stars glowing outdoors
One shoots by
Now there are 4.

4 little stars bright as can be
Another whizzes by
Now there are 3.

3 little stars playing peek-a-boo
One zooms away
Now there are 2.

2 little stars searching for the sun
One zips by
Now there is 1.

1 little star having lots of fun.
He scoots away
Now there are none.

Twinkle Twinkle:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high.
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are.

Online Fun:

Coloring Pages:
Check out Coloring.ws for some fun moon and star coloring pages.

Videos:
Visit SesameStreet.org to watch some fun videos about the night sky:
I don't want to live on the mooon
Trip to the Moon
If the Moon were a Cookie


Recipes:

Cookies:
Ingredients: Cookie dough, star and moon cookies cutters, sprinkles, icing
Description: Roll cookie dough out according to packaging directions. Have your toddler help you press star and moon cookie cutters into the dough, place them onto a cookie sheet, and bake according to the directions. When the cookies cool, your toddler can icing them and top with sprinkles (yellow sprinkles would make the stars and moon sparkle!)

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