The Moon

TODDLER STORYTIME

Fall seems like the perfect time for a storytime all about the moon.

OPENING SONG:The More We Get Together

OPENING RHYMES:

BOOK 1: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
One of my all-time favorite books!  The story follows “poor kitten” through a series of humorous mishaps as she goes in search of the moon, which she has mistaken for a bowl of milk.  Simple text and gorgeous black and white illustrations will make this 2005 Caldecott winner a favorite for years to come.

FLANNEL RHYME: Hey Diddle Diddle
You can print my clipart file here.

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.

FINGERPLAY: Sun and Moon

For moon: Hold hand to form crescent, For sun: spread five fingers for sun’s rays

Moon comes out (Hold hand to form a crescent.)
Sun goes in. (Place other hand behind back)
Here is a blanket to cuddle your chin. (Place hands under chin.)
Moon goes in. (Place moon hand behind back.)
And Sun comes out. (Hold hand out with fingers extended)
Throw off the blankets and bustle about! (Fling arms out wide and wiggle body.)

SONG: Moon, Moon, Moon (From Laurie Berkner’s CD Victor Vito)
This is a sweet and simple song, but be forewarned – it’s one that tends to get stuck in your head!  I use motions to go along with the song.

Listen or download the song here.

Moon, moon, moon (form arms in circle over head)
Shining bright (wiggle fingers like they are sparkling)
Moon, moon, moon (form arms in circle over head)
My night light (act like turning off a light)
Moon, moon, moon (arms in circle over head)
I can see, (point to eyes)
Moon, moon, moon
You’re taking care of me. (hands to heart)

Look up, it’s the moon (point and look up)
Look up, it’s the moon up in the sky
It’s big and round (make circle with arms over head)
And I have found,
That it looks just like a pizza pie! (make circle with arms in front of you)

BOOK 2: I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
A charming rhyme accompanied by Alison Jay’s unique folk-like illustrations.

FINGERPLAY AND SONG: Twinkling Stars

At night I see the twinkling stars (wiggle fingers)
And the great big shining moon (arms overhead in circle)
My mama tucks me into bed (fists under chin)
And sings this goodnight tune
(Sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

CLOSING SONG:  We Wave Goodbye Like This

CRAFT: Provide children with pre-cut yellow moons and foil stars to glue to sheets of black paper.  Use white and yellow crayons and glitter to decorate your night sky picture. (sorry, forgot to take a picture of this one!)

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