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 family road trip this summer, and I hope to make a few busy bags to take along for the ride.
For each set I used one sheet of black felt and half a sheet of yellow felt. I made one moon and various big and little stars for each set.
Ideas for Play
1. PRETEND PLAY-Our first activity with the felt play set was open-ended play. Each child interacted with the set differently, and watching them helped give me more ideas to extend our learning.
2. SORTING-Tinker and I are learning “big and little.” Together we sorted the stars by size.
3. PATTERNING-Lovey and Big Buddy are learning to copy and create patterns. One day I made a pattern for them to copy, and they made the same pattern. Then they spent some time trying to create their own patterns.
4. COUNTING & COMPARING–To practice counting and one-to-one correspondence we rolled a number cube and then added that many stars to our night sky. After the kids played a bit with their own boards we started comparing the two numbers. We talked about words like more, greater, fewer, less, equal, and the same. I don’t expect them to learn all of these words yet, but we are incorporating them into our discussions so that they begin to become familiar with the vocabulary.
5. ADDITION-You could also roll two different number cubes and add the stars to the night sky to find the sum. We did not do this activity, but it would be a great extension for kids who are ready.
What other ideas would go well with this night sky felt play set?
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