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Storytime at Home: Space

Storytime at Home: Space

Can’t join us for storytime at the library? Try creating your own version at home! Here are some ideas to try out from our recent series of space-themed storytimes.

Books to Read

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Solar System by Jill McDonald

Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Song: Zoom, Zoom Zoom

[watch a recording of this song]

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

(rub hands together, fingers pointing toward the sky)

We’re going to the moon.

(hold arms overhead in a circle shape)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

(rub hands together, fingers pointing toward the sky)

We’ll get there very soon.

If you want to take a trip,

Climb aboard my rocket ship.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

(rub hands together, fingers pointing toward the sky)

We’re going to the moon.

(hold arms overhead in a circle shape)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1

(hold five fingers up and count down)

Blast off! (jump up in the air)

Rhyme: Here is a Rocket

Here is a rocket flying around,

(hold one hand in the air, moving as if flying)

Here is the landing site down on the ground.

(hold the other hand down low, palm open, facing up)

The astronaut knows when it’s time to land

(raise thumb of the hand in the air, giving a thumbs-up sign)

Zoom! The rocket lands right in my hand.

(fly the hand in the air down to the lower hand)

Action Song: If You’re Going to the Moon”

(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

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

(gloves, helmet, suit, etc.)

 

Once you’ve put on your astronaut suit, try going on a space walk! Put out tiles, flat objects, or pictures of planets and then zoom around the room. Depending on your child’s age and abilities, you can do the activity together, or make it into a musical chairs-style challenge.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pinkney and Jane Cabrera: try reading different versions of this familiar song and talking about the illustrations. What’s the same? What’s different? Which one is your favorite?