Books About the Moon

The moon is fascinating to people of all ages.  Little ones love to look at and learn about the beautiful changing ball in the sky. This week we are looking at non-fiction and fiction books about the moon. These books can be used in a classroom during a moon unit or at home as you read by the light of the moon. Enjoy! Moon Books This post contains affiliate links. Non-Fiction The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons The Moon Book {Read More}

Magnetic Rocket Puzzle and Math Activities

The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Nick Sharratt this month. This author was new to us, so it was a lot of fun discovering his books. They are full of rhymes and humor, and the girls enjoyed many of them. Both of the girls liked Rocket Countdown!    Tinker enjoys any lift the flap book, so she was immediately drawn to this one in the library stack. Lovey liked acting out the astronaut’s action throughout the story, and I {Read More}

Astronomy Unit Resources

If you follow this blog you probably already know that we love theme-based learning. We base our home preschool activities on the kids’ current interests. Some of our favorite themes from last year were about rocks and seeds. While I enjoy gathering all of the resources and ideas for each unit, it can definitely be a daunting task. There are SO many great ideas to choose from! When I saw these amazing collections shared in the Discover & Explore Space Exploration theme, I {Read More}

Rocket Books

This week’s theme for Discover & Explore is Space Exploration: Rockets, Space Travel, Satellites & More.  We’d love for you to share your favorite activities, crafts, tips, and resources for kids at the end of this post. Growing up I had a dear friend who was fascinated by space exploration. Her passion was contagious and inspiring. As a teacher and now as a parent, I think of her often when we are learning about outer space, and I hope to encourage {Read More}

Moon and Stars Activities for Kids

It was very tough to choose which activities to feature from our Discover and Explore night sky themed linky.  Within each individual post there were so many wonderful ways to help kids learn more about the moon, stars, and night sky. Today I’m sharing five activities that I definitely want to try. If you haven’t had a chance to look through each one of the night sky posts shared, don’t forget to go back and check them out. They are terrific! {Read More}

The Nighttime Sky (Discover and Explore)

In honor of International Space Day on May 3rd we thought it would be fun to Discover and Explore The Nighttime Sky this week. When I taught in the classroom, I was blessed to teach at a NASA Explorer School. As part of the program kids were introduced to some amazing hands-on science activities and resources starting in kindergarten. Kids are often fascinated by space, and as their teacher I loved to see their eyes light up as we started to talk {Read More}

Moon Craft

This moon craft was another activity we did as part of our N is for Night Sky theme.  We made a textured moon and then attached it to one of our night sky paintings.  The moon masterpiece from I Heart Crafty Things was my inspiration for this project. I wanted the kids to be able to make craters on the surface of their moons, so I found these Styrofoam circles in a 2 pack at the Dollar Tree. Originally I was thinking of {Read More}

N is for Night Sky Letter Recognition Activities

We used night sky playdough and made a letter N craft to help the kids learn to recognize the letter N. I love how the letter N crafts turned out! Night Sky Playdough  Our playdough idea this week came from the Starry Night Play Dough from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots. We already had some black playdough. Instead of silver glitter, I added small star confetti to make it look like the night sky. The very small confetti worked best for {Read More}

Night Sky Reading Nook

I love to incorporate a new pretend play space or reading area into our themes. In the past we’ve made cardboard jeeps to learn about Africa, a barn to learn about the farm, and a tent rain forest to learn about South America. When I saw this cave of stars from Play At Home Mom LLC and the fibre optic sensory cave from The Imagination Tree I knew I could have a little fun putting something together for our night {Read More}

Night Sky Felt Play and Math Games

For the letter N we learned all about the night sky. I made this easy night sky felt play set, and all of the kids enjoyed using it in different ways. Making the Set I chose to make two small sets instead of one large set to hang on the wall. Either way would work for these activities. I went with the small set so that I could use it as a busy bag later. We will be taking a {Read More}