Toddler Storytime: The Moon and Space


Books We Shared

Flannel Board Counting

Eight Little Planets

(Credit: http://missmegsstorytime.com/space/)

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

The Moon Might Be Milk

For my flannelboard I adapted a book by Lisa Shulman and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand called The Moon Might Be Milk.


Letter of the Day

To emphasize writing skills I have the toddlers practice drawing the letter of the day in the air. Our letter of the day was “M.” We talked about things that start with M.


Video We Shared

Today we watched “Papa Please Get the Moon for Me” based on the book by Eric Carle, on the Very Hungry Caterpillar DVD.

Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Open Shut Them

Open, shut them (open and close fingers)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
Open, shut them (open and close fingers)
Open, shut them
Place them on your lap, lap, lap (pat knees)
Creep them, crawl them, creep them, crawl them (“crawl” your fingers very slowly from your knees up to your face)
Right up to your chin, chin, chin (touch chin)
Open up your little mouth BUT…(open wide!)
Do not let them in! (quickly and abruptly move hands behind your back and smack lips shut)

Little Space Shuttle

Tune: Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon

Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle
Won’t you go to the moon with me?

My space suit’s on and my boots are ready
My space suit’s on and my boots are ready
My space suit’s on and my boots are ready
Won’t you go to the moon with me?

We step on the moon and we bounce up high
We step on the moon and we bounce up high
We step on the moon and we bounce up high
‘Cause it has really low gravity!

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocketship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon

(couldn’t find the original version I learned, but here’s a very similar one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMJ9pZ9W7jc)

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.

If You’re Going to the Moon, Wear Your Boots

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do,
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots.

…wear your gloves
…wear your helmet

(Credit: http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=1967)

Storytime’s Over

Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)

Goodbye Friends

Click here for video:  Goodbye Friends 

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Goodbye friends, it’s time to say goodbye.



Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“The Shaker Hop,” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about space or the moon?  Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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