Saturday, August 11, 2012

Preschool Space Unit



 Suggested books to reserve from your local library:



1)   Space (For kids who really Love Space) By: Sarah Powell
2)   Earth by:   Thomas K. Adamson
3)   The Planets By: Gail. Gibbons
4)   Jupiter By: Thomas K. Adamson
5)   Saturn By: Thomas K. Adamson
6)   Uranus By; Thomas K. Adamson
7)   Neptune By: Thomas K. Adamson
8)   Mercury By: Thomas K. Adamson
9)   Mars By: Thomas K. Adamson
    10) Venus By; Thomas K. Adamson
11) Pluto: A Dwarf Planet By: Thomas K. Adamson
12) Meteors and Comets By: Gregory. Vogt
13) Curious George and the Rocket By: H.A. Rey
14) Big Silver Space Shuttle By: Ken Wilson-Max
15) Cat in the Hat There’s no Place like Space By: Tish Rabe

Earth








Songs:
Caring, Sharing
(Sung to: My Bonnie)

This world is a great place to live in
With friends from all over the Earth
We all must take care of each other
And know what each person is worth.

Chorus: Caring, sharing
Come join hands together in play...today
Caring, sharing
We'll make the world better today!

So treat every person with kindness
And greet each new friend with a smile
The world needs our new understanding
Give kindness a chance for a while

Repeat chorus

Love Our World
(Sung to: If You’re Happy and You Know it)

If you love our world, clap your hands (clap, clap)
If you love our world, clap your hands (clap, clap)
If you love our world, really love our great big world;
If you love our world, clap your hands! (clap, clap)

If you love our world, plant new trees (new trees!)
If you love our world, plant new trees (new trees!)
If you love our world, plant new trees for birds and bees;
If you love our world, plant new trees! (new trees!)

If you love our world, recycle (recycle!)
If you love our world, recycle (recycle!)
If you love our world, then recycle and reuse;
If you love our world, recycle! (recycle!)

If you love our world do your part (do your part!)
If you love our world do your part (do your part!)
If you love our world, really love our great big world;
If you love our world, BE SMART! (be smart!!)

Videos:

Online Activities:
World in a Jar Jigsaw Puzzle (will have to go to “change cut” and pick the easier 6 piece version)




Earth Craft

Earth Crayon Melt



Materials Needed:
1) Earth coloring template on white paper
2) Blue and green crayon shavings
3) Pencil sharpener
4) Wax paper
5) Newspaper
6) Iron

Make crayon shavings by using an old pencil sharpener.
Color your Earth pattern using crayons. Place the Earth on top of a piece o wax paper. Sprinkle crayon shavings on top of the Earth. Put another piece of wax paper over the picture. Place a cloth or newspaper on top of that and iron gently on low until crayons are all melted. Cut our your Earth and hang in a window.

Sun








Songs:

Sing a Song of Sunshine
(Sung to: Sing a Song of Sixpence)

Sing a song of sunshine
Be happy every day
Sing a song of sunshine
You'll chase the clouds away
Be happy every moment
No matter what you do
Just sing and sing and sing and sing
And let the sunshine through!

Around the Sun
(Sung to: London Bridge)

The planets spin around the sun,
Around the sun, Around the sun.
The planets spin around the sun,
We live on earth!

The sun is found in the middle,
In the middle, In the middle.
The sun is found in the middle,
It keeps us warm!

The stars are twinkling far away,
Far away, far away.
the stars are twinkling far away,
Now make a wish

Videos:



Online Activities:

Sun Craft

Paper Plate and Handprint Sun



Materials Needed:
1) A paper plate
2) Yellow construction paper
3) Scissors
4) Glue (or a stapler)
5) Crayons, paint or markers
6) Googly eyes (optional)

Paint the back side of a paper plate yellow.
Trace a child's hand on yellow construction paper about 7 times. Cut out the tracings. Glue or staple the handprint tracings to the paper plate - the fingers are the sun's rays. Color in the sun, drawing a mouth and a nose. Either draw the eyes or glue on googly eyes.

Moon








Songs:
Orbiting Round the Moon
We'll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will
We'll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will
We'll be orbiting round the moon
We'll be orbiting round the moon
We'll be orbiting round the moon, yes we will

We'll be landing on the moon, yes we will
We'll be landing on the moon, yes we will
We'll be landing on the moon
We'll be landing on the moon
We'll be landing on the moon, yes we will

We'll be walking on the moon, yes we will
We'll be walking on the moon, yes we will
We'll be walking on the moon
We'll be walking on the moon
We'll be walking on the moon, yes we will

We'll be blasting off again, yes we will
We'll be blasting off again, yes we will
We'll be blasting off again
We'll be blasting off again
We'll be blasting off again, yes we will

We'll be landing back on Earth, yes we will
We'll be landing back on Earth, yes we will
We'll be landing back on Earth
We'll be landing back on Earth
We'll be landing back on Earth, yes we will

Climb Aboard the Spaceship
Climb aboard the spaceship, we're going to the moon
Hurry and get ready, we're going to blast off soon
Put on your helmets, and buckle up real tight
Here comes the countdown, let's count with all our might
10 . . . 9 . . .8 . . . 7 . . .6 . . . 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . .2 . . . 1 . . . blast off!

Flying to the Moon
(Sung to: Farmer in the Dell)

We’re flying to the moon.
We’re going to blast off soon.
Grab your helmets and your suits.
We’re flying to the moon.

Did you feel the blast?
We’re climbing up so fast.
Hang on tight, what a sight!
We’re flying to the moon.

We’re soaring through the air.
I think we’re almost there.
Retro Rockets going off!
We’ve landed on the moon!

We climb down the stairs,
With our tanks of air.
We plant a flag, then grab some rocks
And take them back to earth.

We’re flying oh so fast.
Then we’re home at last.
What a flight, what a sight.
Flying to the moon!

Videos:

Online Activities:

 Moon Craft
Moon Rock


Materials Needed:
1) A rock (any kind will do, look for something about the size of an adult hand)
2) Silver paint
3) White tissue paper
4) White Glue
5) Silver glitter glue

Use a paintbrush to coat your rock in white glue. Next take strips of your white tissue paper and cover the rock with them (just like paper machete) Leave to dry. Once dry, paint your rock with the silver paint and leave to dry. Last, paint it all over with silver glitter glue!

Planets








Songs:
Going to Mars
Today the crew of the space shuttle
Prepares to head for the stars
Me and my fearless astronaut team
Are off on a mission to Mars

We’ve got an important assignment
A really significant goal
Find out what’s making that “Boing” sound
And report back to mission control

We’re going to Mars!
We’re going to Mars!
A mission is what we’ve got
We’re gonna say “Roger” a lot

We’re going to Mars
They’re going to Mars
We’re going to Mars
We don’t know what lies ahead
But we do know the planet’s red

We’re going to Mars!

The Planets
(Sung to: Zippidy Doo-Da)

Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars
Then comes Jupiter, oh my stars
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune too.
Then comes Pluto zippidy doo

Planets Around the Sun
(Sung to: The Ants go Marching)

The planets revolve around the sun, hurrah; hurrah
The planets revolve around the sun, hurrah; hurrah
The planets revolve around the sun and spin on their axis every one.
And they all go spinning, around and around . . .They go.

Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, hurrah; hurrah
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, hurrah; hurrah
Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are whirling and twirling around the sun
And they all go spinning, around and around . . .. They go.

Jupiter, Saturn are next in line, hurrah, hurrah
Jupiter, Saturn are next in line, hurrah, hurrah
Jupiter, Saturn are next in line. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto make all nine
And they all go spinning, around and around . . .. They go.

The Family of the Sun
(Sung to: Farmer in the Dell)

REFRAIN : The family of the Sun,
The family of the Sun,
Here are nine planets in
the family of the Sun.

Mercury is hot,
And Mercury is small.
Mercury has no atmosphere;
It's just a rocky ball.
REFRAIN
Venus has thick clouds
That hide what is below.
The air is foul; the ground is hot.
It rotates very slow.
REFRAIN
We love the Earth our home,
Its oceans and its trees.
We eat its food; we breathe its air,
So no pollution, please.
REFRAIN
Mars is very red.
It's also dry and cold.
Some day you might visit Mars
If you are really bold.
REFRAIN
Great Jupiter is big.
We've studied it a lot.
We found that it has lots of moons,
And a big, red spot.
REFRAIN
Saturn has great rings.
We wondered what they were.
Now we know they're icy rocks
Which we saw as a blur.
REFRAIN
Uranus is far.
It's cold and greenish-blue.
We found it rotates sideways,
And it has a lot of moons.
REFRAIN
Neptune has a spot;
A stormy patch of blue.
The planet has a lot of clouds
And rings around it, too.
REFRAIN
Pluto's last in line
It's farthest from the Sun.
It's small and cold and icy, too;
To land there won't be fun.
REFRAIN




Videos:

Online Activities:



Planet Craft
Chalk Solar System



Materials Needed:
1) Black paper
2) Chalk, white and colored
3) Construction paper
4) Scissors

From your construction paper cut different sized circles to trace. Place a circle on top of your black paper and trace the circle with chalk. Smudge the chalk outwards and repeat with different sized circles and different colors of chalk. If you want to put little stars in your solar system try brushing on glitter glue or stick on little star stickers. If you doing this craft with young children it may be easier to trace if you secure the circles with masking tape and then remove them after they have smeared the chalk.

Asteroids, Comets, and Galaxies








Songs:
C-O-M-E-T Song
(Sung to: B-I-N-G-O)

Comets are very cold (Cross arms in front of chest and shake like you're cold)
A "dirty snowball" I've been told (Pretend to pack and then throw a snowball)
C-O-M-E-T (3x)
Comets are very cold (Cross arms in front of chest and shake like you're cold)

The coma & tails shine like gold (Wiggle fingers in front of you like the tail)
The sun makes their gases explode (Raise up both arms to signal an explosion)
C-O-M-E-T (3x)
The coma & tails shine like gold (Wiggle fingers in front of you like the tail)

Ice, dust, and rock to behold (Hold out both hands with palms up)
An elliptical orbit Halley's Comet strolled (Move index finger around in an elliptical shape)
C-O-M-E-T (3x)
Ice, dust, and rock to behold (Hold out both hands with palms up)


Videos:

Online Activities:

Galaxy Craft



Materials Needed:
1) Black construction paper
2) White glue
3) glitter

On a black piece of construction paper, draw a galaxy shape (or paint) with white glue. Sprinkle glitter over it and lay flat to dry. After it is dry, tip the paper to let an excess glitter fall off! Easy, but lots of fun!

Stars








Songs:

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle twinkle Little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle twinkle Little star
How I wonder what you are.

Four Little Stars
Four little stars winking at me,
One shot off and then there were three.
Three little stars with nothing to do,
One shot off and then there were two.
Two little stars afraid of the sun,
One shot off and then there was one.
One little star not having any fun,
It shot off and then there were none!

Counting Stars
One little, two little, three little stars,
Four little, five little, six little stars.
Seven little, eight little, nine little stars,
Ten stars in the sky.

Tiny Star
(Sung to: Little White Duck)

There's a little tiny star
Way up in the sky.
A little tiny star,
Up so very high
She twinkles brightly
Through the night:
The stars are shining oh so bright.
There's a little tiny star
Way up in the sky.
A little tiny star.


Videos:

Online Activities:


Star Craft



Materials Needed:

    1) White paper (cardstock, construction paper or heavy bond computer paper work best)
    2) White wax crayon (crayola, etc)
    3) Tempra paint
    4) Paint brush

Draw stars on the white paper with white crayon.  I know this sounds odd but it will make sense as we go For very young children, an adult can do this prior to craft time -- it will make the project seem very magical to them mix tempra paint with water to make a wash  (about 3/4 tempra to 1/4 water -- Add a wee bit more water if the paint is still quite thick) Paint over the white paper with your tempra paint wash and watch the stars magically appear in the night sky!

Please feel free to add any other resources in the comments! Have fun! 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Preschool Bug Unit

As part of the free discs I will be including in the up and coming Brilliant Bundles Preschool Kits (scheduled to go online August 19th)  I am happy to share the resources I have collected for each theme!

For a preschool Bug Theme:



Suggested books to reserve from your local library:
   1)   From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
2)   Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
3)   The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
4)   I like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown
5)   Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
6)   The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
7)   Simon and Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson
8)   1001 Bugs to Spot by Emma Helbrough
9)   Buzz-Buzz, Busy Bees by Dawn Bentley
10)           Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner
11)           Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies by Harriet Ziefert
12)           Beetles by Kristin Petrie
13)           Bees by Mary Ann. McDonald
14)           Smelly Stink Bugs by Meish Goldish
15)           Ants by Kristin Petrie

Movies: A Bug’s Life, Ants


Butterflies

 






Songs:

I wish I were a Butterfly

(Sung to: Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap)

Oh, I wish I were a little butterfly.

Butterfly.

Oh, I wish I were a little butterfly.

Butterfly.

I would go zoom, zoom, zoom.

All around the room.

Oh, I wish I were a little butterfly.


Caterpillar to Butterfly

There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There's a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There's a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle. (children do wiggling action for this verse)
There's a big fat caterpillar on a leaf, munch, munch, etc (munching action)
There's a pretty butterfly on a leaf, flutter, flutter, etc (fluttering action)

The Fuzzy Caterpillar
(Sung to:  Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled up on a leaf,
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping
She dreamed that she could fly,
And later when she woke up
She was a butterfly!

Videos:

Online Activities:


Butterfly Craft
Adapted from billybear4kids.com

Butterfly Mobile


Materials Needed:

    5 butterfly templates (1 2 3 4 5)
    2 Dowel Stick
    Yarn (or string or ribbon)
    Scissors
    Tape
    Glue
    Crayons (or markers or colored pencils)

Print out a total of 5 butterfly prints... 2 of each for a total of 10 printed butterflies. Color each of the butterflies. You can pick all the same butterflies... or all different butterflies... you can color them any color you would like them to be. Once you have them colored, then carefully cut each one of them out.

Cut the string the length you would like your butterflies to hang down... remember to allow for the length you need to tie the butterfly to the hanger. Lay one of the butterflies - good side down - so that you see the back of the butterfly. Tape the string in place.

Put some glue onto the wings of the butterfly that is laying down. Then add the second matching butterfly ... glue the two back sides of the butterfly together.


Once the glue on the butterflies has set up then tie the butterflies in place on the dowel stick hanger. The blue dots show the areas where the butterflies should be placed. If your dowel sticks are short... 5 butterflies should fit... if your dowel sticks are longer, then you can fit more butterflies on your mobile.

Ants

 

                           



Songs:

Oh the Ants are Busy!
(Sung to: Shell be Coming round the Mountain)

Oh, the ants are busy, busy as can be.
Oh, the ants are busy, busy as can be.
See them dig and dig and dig.
Lots of tunnels, oh, so big.
Oh, the ants are busy, busy as can be.

8 Ants
One ant two ants, three ants four.
Our picnic is their grocery store.
Five ants, six ants, seven ants, eight.
They are crawling on my plate!
Eight ants, seven ants,
Stomp around.
Six ants, five ants
On the ground.
Four ants, three ants,
On the run!
Two ants, one ant,
No more fun.

Ants go Marching
The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one
Watching Ants is lots of fun,
So let’s all go marching
One by one by one
Other verses:
The ants go marching two by two/ Worker ants have lots to do;
The ants go marching three by three/ The ants all live in a colony
The ants go marching four by four/ Now they’re marching through the door
The ants go marching five by five/ Hey, it’s time to say good by

Videos:
Nat Geo – Fire Ants (this video does show the ants eating a deceased frog at the end that may or may not be disturbing, viewer discretion)

Online Activities:

 Ant Craft
Egg Carton Ant

Materials Needed:

    1) cardboard egg carton - you need three cups attached
    2) scissors
    3) yellow, brown, red or black tempra paint (or another color if you want to make a creative ant)
    4) paint brush
    5) 4 pipe cleaners (chenille) -- three for legs and one for the antenna
    6) sharp pencil
    7) wiggly eyes, 2 cheerios or 2 fruit loops
    8) black marker
    9) glue

    cut a strip of cups (3 cups) from the egg carton -- adults can do this before craft time. Paint the cups and let dry.
     Using a sharp pencil, poke two holes in the top of the first cup -- adults can do this step before craft time.
     Antenna:  from inside the cup, poke both ends of the pipe cleaner through the pencil holes (one end through each hole) to make antennae. You can twirl the ends around a pencil to make them curly. Using a sharp pencil, poke one hole on each side of each cup (6 holes in total) -- again, adults can do this step. Push a pipe cleaner through the holes in the first cup. Make the same amount of pipe cleaner stick out the sides -- these are two legs -- you can bend little feet into the ends of the pipe cleaner if you like.
Repeat with the second cup and third cup. You should end up with 6 legs when you're through. Glue the wiggly eyes onto the head (you could substitute 2 cheerios or 2 fruit loops) Draw on a mouth with black marker!

Beetles









Songs:

Never Hurt a Lady Bug
(Sung to: Yankee Doodle)

Ladybugs are in my yard.
Just look at them devour
Those pesky aphids on the leaves
Of Mother's pretty flowers.
Never hurt a ladybug.
We need them in the garden.
Ladybugs help flowers grow
So we must never hurt them.

Beetles
(Sung to: Frere Jacques)

Big beetles, small beetles, big beetles, small beetles,
See them crawl on the wall?
Creepy, creepy, crawling, never, never falling.
beetles, beetles, beetles,
beetles, beetles, beetles.

Beetle Fly
(Sung to: Three Blind Mice)

Fly, fly, fly
Beetles fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly slow.
Oh, beetles fly

Videos:

Online Activities:
Ladybug Jigsaw Puzzle

Beetle Craft
Ladybug Hat

Materials Needed:

    1) Glue
    2) Wiggle Eyes
    3) Black or red pipe cleaners
    4) Yarn or string
    5) Hole punch
    6) Scissors
    7) 12”x18”Red craft foam sheets
    8) Black “sticky-backed” craft foam
    9) Small red craft foam hearts
    10) Black dot stickers
    11) Back Marker


    Cut a strip of craft foam for each child. Make a hole on both ends of the strip. Trace a circle on the back of the black sticky foam. (A frosting container lid is the perfect size.) Cut the circle in half. Attach a half circle in the center of the headband at the bottom edge. Use glue to attach the wiggle eyes as well as some yarn for the mouth. Color the ladybug dots on the red part of the headband or use black dot stickers.
Make two holes right above the ladybug head and insert the chenille stem and twist to secure. Coil the pipe cleaner antennae around a pencil to curl. Attach heart stickers or pom-poms to the tips if you wish. The antennae will flop forward but when the ladybug headband is worn, they will stand straight. Loop the yarn through the hole to make ties.

Bees








Songs:

The Swarm of Bees
One little honeybee by my window flew;
Soon came another - then there were two.
Two happy honeybees in the apple tree;
One more bee came buzzing up - then there were three.
Three busy honeybees starting to explore
Another bee came to help - then there were four.
Four laden honeybees flying to the hive;
They were joined by one more bee - then there were five.
Five tired honeybees with the others mix;
Now there's a swarm of them - a hundred times six.

Bumble Bee
(Sung to: Jingle Bells)

Bumble Bee, bumble bee,
Landing on my nose,
Bumble bee, bumble bee,
Now he's on my toes.

On my arms, on my legs,
On my elbows.
Bumble bee, oh bumble bee
He lands, and then he goes.

Don’t Sting me
(Sung to: Are you Sleeping?)

Bumble bee, bumble bee
Don't sting me, don't sting me.
Just fly to your home,
And leave me alone.
Don't sting me, don't sting me.

Videos:

Online Activities:
Online Color in the Bees Pages (scroll over picture and select color online)

Bee Craft
Bee Bouquet

Materials Needed:
1) Construction paper
2) Stapler
3) Pipe cleaner
4) Torn strips of yellow paper
5) Tape or glue
6) Pom-poms
7) Googly eyes

Hold a sheet of black construction paper with the shorter ends at the top and bottom. Starting at the lower right-hand corner, roll the sheet into a cone and tape or staple the overlap. Trim the top to create a rounded head on the front side. Form antennae by folding a pipe cleaner in half, stapling the bend to the backside of the head, then curl each tip around a small black pom-pom. Create stripes by wrapping torn strips of yellow paper around the cone and gluing them in place. Tape or glue on paper wings and a heart-shaped paper face complete with a drawn mouth and glued-on pom-pom eyeballs topped with googly-eye pupils.
For a hanger, make holes in opposite sides of the cone a half inch from the top. Thread a length of ribbon through the holes from inside the cone and tie each end into an overhand knot.

Spiders








Songs:

Spiders Invitation
(Sung to: Down by the Station)

Early in the morning
The spiders love to spin,
Then by and by
The flies drop in.
And when they come,
The spiders always say,
“We’re glad you came
For dinner today”!

Spider Dance
(Sung to: Farmer in the Dell)

Spiders crawl around, (children crawl around)
Spiders up and down, (stand up, bend down)
Spiders, spiders make a web, ( join right hands to form a spoke)
Spiders circle ‘round. (walk around in a circle together)
Spiders in and out, (crawl fingers on left hand, down and back on right arm)
Spiders all about, (repeat crawl action)
Spiders, spiders make a web,
Spiders now sit down. (children sit down)
Jean Warren

Busy Spider
(Sung to: This Old Man)

Busy Spider, he made one
Great big web on a drum,
With a spin, spin, spin
'Round and 'round he goes.
He puts on, quite a show.

Busy Spider, he made two
Great big webs on some shoes.
With a spin, spin, spin
'Round and 'round he goes.
He puts on, quite a show.

Busy Spider, he made three
Great big webs on a tree.
With a spin, spin, spin,
'Round and 'round he goes.
He puts on quite a show.
Busy Spider, he made four
Great big webs on the door.
With a spin, spin, spin,
'Round and 'round he goes.
When he sleeps, no one knows!

Videos:
Nat Geo Tarantula (This video does show the tarantula near the end, hunting a killing a mouse. Viewer discretion)

Online Activities: