A Phases of the Moon Storytime

During the week of the full moon, I decided to teach the kids about the phases of the moon in storytime. There are so many great moon books, and several that focus on the moon phases.

I chose to begin with Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. This is an adorable story, and I love the refrain of “Poor Kitten.” The kids also really enjoyed this one, and loved getting to correctly say what the bowl of milk actually was.

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Next we did the always fabulous rhyme, “Zoom zoom zoom.” I think we did this three times, and then once more at the very end of storytime, because it is just that fun.

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 rocket ship

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

We’re going to the moon

In 5…4…3…2…1

BLAST OFF!

Next we read A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin. I loved this book so much, and since it got a Caldecott Honor, a lot of others clearly loved it too. To be honest, I probably came up with the phases of the moon theme just so I could read this book to my kiddos.

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We followed that up by singing “Aikendrum” by Raffi, along with this silly flannel we have. We all strummed along on our “ladles” as well. When I asked which part of this moon looked the most delicious, surprisingly no children said pizza.

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I finished out the storytime with Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. This is a lovely story about how the moon gets smaller in the night sky and then grows again as it moves through the various phases. By this time the kids were experts on the moon and could answer all my questions with confidence.

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For the craft project this week, we did this awesome moon painting I found on A Dab of Glue Will Do. Each kiddo got a piece of black construction paper with the moon outlined on it. Then they used foil and paintbrushes to fill in the moon, and also create stars in the background. They all turned out so amazing! These kids have really got some talent.

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