Baby Storytime: Moon and Rockets

How many rockets do babies see in their day-to-day lives? Not many! But talking about new things helps build our babies’ vocabularies!

OPENING SONG: Hello Song*

OPENING FINGERPLAY: Open Them Shut Them*

BOOK: Higher! Higher! by PATRICELLI
I SO wanted this book to win a Caldecott. I think it’s perfect.

FLANNEL RHYME: 5 Little Rockets
My version of 5 Little Pumpkins!

5 little rockets zooming off in space
The first little rocket said, “Let’s have a race.”
The second little rocket said, “Line up in a row!”
The third little rocket said, “Ready, set, go!”
The fourth little rocket said, “Beep beep beep.”
The fifth little rocket said, “You can’t catch me!”
Then roar went their engines and blink went their lights
And five little rockets zoomed out of sight.

LITERACY TIP: Vocabulary
Don’t hesitate to talk about places or objects that your baby hasn’t encountered yet. Just remember to help them out by giving them a little context for their new ideas. Say, “Look, here’s a rocket! A rocket flies in the sky like an airplane or a helicopter, but it can go much, much farther away. It can go all the way to the moon!”

FLANNEL SONG: A Hunting We Will Go*
Today we used king/swing, and rocket/pocket.

FLANNEL SONG: If You’re Going to the Moon
Sing to: 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.

…wear your gloves
…wear your helmet

BOOK: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by ME!
I was frustrated with the book versions of this song that were available to me, so I made another big book over the weekend! Here’s what one of the spreads looks like. If you’re curious, you can read about the process and my take on it.

ACTION SONG: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
I just put a big star shape on the flannelboard while we sang this together.

ACTION RHYME: This is Big Big Big*

CLOSING SONG: Sneeze Game*

*Check out the My Baby Storytime page for the words and/or citations for these weekly activities!

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5 Responses to Baby Storytime: Moon and Rockets

  1. Abby says:

    I love that “If You’re Going to the Moon” song – I was looking for another song for my night time storytime this fall and I think that if I pair this with a moon book, it’ll fit the bill perfectly! Thank you! :)

  2. Melissa says:

    Yay! You’re welcome–Glad you found it when you needed it!

  3. Anne says:

    This is my favorite storytime outline of yours, and I found 2 rhymes that would be cute for it in Kindergarten Magic:
    Bumpin’ up and down in my space shuttle
    Bumpin’ up and down in my space shuttle,
    Bumpin’ up and down in my space shuttle,
    Bumpin’ up and down in my space shuttle,
    Won’t you go to the moon with me?

    My space suit’s on and my boots are, too…
    We step on the moon and bounce up and down…

    and Galaxy Bend and Stretch
    Bend and stretch, reach for the stars,
    There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars.
    Bend and stretch, reach for the sky,
    Stand on tiptoe, oh so high!

  4. Melissa says:

    Thanks Anne! Excellent finds!

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