Story Time Starter — Night Sky

April 3, 2014

We’ve got another great story time to share.  Most kids love looking up at the sky, and the night sky is full of interesting things to see.  From the stars and constellations to the moon and planets, there are lots of fascinating things to learn more about.  You could even talk about rockets that blast off into space and satellites that orbit the earth.

Here are some stellar stories featuring the moon, the stars, and the night sky:

Night Sky Book List (Word Document/.doc file)

There are lots of songs you could use, but here are a few of our go-to favorites:

  1. I Found You! by Caspar Babypants                  
    Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (#6)
  2. Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi    
    Song: Aikendrum (#7)
  3. Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett             
    Song: Mr. Moon (#18)
  4. Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner                            
    Song: Moon, Moon, Moon (#3)

We’ve also got some familiar finger plays and rhymes to make your story time complete:

At Night I See the Twinkling Stars
At night I see the twinkling stars   (fist up and open hands over your head)
And a great big smiling moon.        (circle arms overhead)
My Mommy tucks me into bed,        (lay pointer of one hand across the palm of the other hand)
And sings a good-night tune.         (rock your hands back and forth)

Big Yellow Moon
Big yellow moon shines so bright,       (arms above head in circle shape)
Glides across the starry night,            (arms move from left to right)
Looks down at me                              (hand shades eyes)
Asleep in bed,                                     (hands together at side of face)
Whispers, "Good night, sleepyhead." (forefinger in front of mouth)
Big yellow moon, your turn is done.    (arms above head move down in front of body)
Here comes Mr. Morning Sun.              (arms move above head in circle shape)
I wake up.                                           (arms stretch out)
You go to bed.                                     (hands together at side of face)
"Sleep well, Moon, you sleepyhead."  (forefinger in front of mouth)

Hey, Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away
With the spoon.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
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.

Finally, here are some great crafts to extend the learning:

Enjoy sharing this story time with your little ones.  And be sure to save some time one night to go outside before bed and take a look at the real moon and stars up in the sky!

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