Parent Guide Activities - THE MOON & THE STARS

Parent Guide Activities - THE MOON & THE STARS

This month's theme is 'The Moon & the Stars" - these books will help your little ones explore the wonders of the universe, and will take them on a magical journey to the stars and back!

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had two sturdy board books - Animals in the Sky and 8 Little Planets.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Encourage your little ones to open the flap pages to reveal the animal shown in the stars. Ask questions to prompt higher level thinking, like 'where is the engineer driving to?' or 'how did the dog get into space?'
  • Learn more about star constellations and create your own constellation viewer from a toilet roll and black paper! Check out the easy instructions HERE.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • 8 Little Planets is a great book to encourage visual and tactile exploration to young readers with its die-cut holes! Ask your little one what they think it would be like to go into space - would they be nervous flying in a spaceship? What planet would they like to visit?
  • Each of the planets has something that makes them special. What kind of things make you special?

    Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month's box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: Look Up at the Stars and Odd Science: Spectacular Space. 

    Language Concepts:

    Look Up at the Stars is a lyrical story that will introduce your child to rhyming lines and dialogue ! Read the first line, then read the second but pause for a moment before you reach the rhyming word. This will encourage your child to anticipate the rhyme and predict the rhyming word.  

    See if your child can think of other word pairs that rhyme. Start with easy pairs (e.g., what rhymes with cat?), and then try more challenging or unfamiliar ones (e.g., what rhymes log?)

    Discussion Topics:

    • Before reading the story – what do you think the story it might be about? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
    • While reading – do you think Mum will be able to catch a star for the little bear? What would you do with a star if you could catch one?
    • After reading – Mum and the little bear couldn't reach a star, but found their own special safe star at home. Do you have a special place that makes you feel safe?

    Hands-On Activities:

    • Learn more about star constellations and create your own constellation viewer from a toilet roll and black paper! Check out the easy instructions HERE.
    • Draw a picture of what you feel like when you’re safe. What colours do you think of when you think about feeling this way?

    Language Concepts:

    Odd Science: Spectacular Space is a quirky book that introduces readers to the wonderful world of non-fiction. Explain the difference between fiction and non-fiction, i.e., that fiction books are like stories, and sometimes have imaginary characters while non-fiction books are full of useful information about the world around us. It may help to explain that there are lots of things we read that are non-fiction e.g,. newspapers, instruction manuals (like the one on the plane), and even street signs! 

    To build language and comprehension, use the illustrations on each page as opportunities for discussion and to prompt further exploration about space!

    Discussion Topics:

    • Before reading - what do you think this book might be about? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
    • While reading - did you know you cannot cry in space because there is no gravity? Talk about what gravity is and how it stops us from flying off into air.
    • After reading - which facts in the book did you find most surprising?

    Hands-On Activities:

    • One of the facts in the book is that Saturn could float in water (if you could find a bathtub big enough!) Try seeing what other things sink or float. Gather up various things from around the house (e.g., spoon, peg, apple, rock etc) and predict whether you think it will sink or float, and why.
    • Make an astronaut helmet out of a paper plate! Check out our easy instructions HERE.

    Our Family Box included one book from our Bitty Box and one from our Biggie Box. This month's books were Look Up at the Stars and 8 Little Planets.

    xx Karly
    Owner, Bookieboo 

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