Friday, August 3, 2012

Flannel Friday: Who's Jumping Over the Moon?

This month for our storytimes we going on a few adventures based on the Sesame Street song and book,

I Don't Want to Live on the Moon
written by Jeff Moss
"Well, I'd like to visit the moon
On a rocket ship high in the air.
Yes, I'd like to visit the moon
But I don't think I'd like to live there.
Though I'd like to look down at the earth from above,
I would miss all the places and people I love.
So although I might like it for one afternoon
I don't want to live on the moon."

Ernie sings about wanting to have fun adventures. He would like to visit the moon, the ocean, the jungle, and dinosaur times. So each week we will visit a new place with Ernie but, just like Ernie, we will always come home ~ because, while it is fun to visit these places, it is always best to be home with the people we love.

During our first adventure, we explored space and learned about the moon and stars through books, songs, fingerplays, and a Star Hopping game.

My favorite rhyme about the moon is Hey Diddle Diddle so it was a must-do for this storytime!

I decided to flannelize this popular Nursery Rhyme so that we could add the pieces to the flannel board as we learned the words to a song that includes movements for each character in the rhyme. We also included the ASL sign for each character. (I don't have the information for the CD available right now but I will add it as soon as I can. It is a very good song version of Hey Diddle Diddle that incorporates following directions as well as encouraging the memorization of this rhyme.)

Hey Diddle Diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle.

The Cow jumped over the moon.

The little Dog laughed to see such a sport.

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

To add a little age-appropriate science to our storytime, I included a song about the different phases of the moon. It is called "Moon Play". During the song, the children are instructed on how to make 4 phases of the moon with their hands. To help the children visualize each phase, I made moons out of fun foam and added a magnetic strip to the back so that they could be displayed on the magnetic board during the song. After the song, the children were asked to say the name of the phase as I removed it from the board. I was very impressed with how man children were able to say the names of each moon phase! Can you name them? (No peeking at the bottom picture!)

We also did some star counting to get us ready for our Star Hopping game. (Instructions coming soon!) Again I made my stars from fun foam and added magnets.

Five Shooting Stars

Five sparkly stars shining outside my door,
One shot off
And then there were four.

Four sparkly stars winking right at me,
One shot off
And then there were three.

 Three sparkly stars with nothing much to do,
One shot off
And then there were two.

Two sparkly stars searching for the sun,
One shot off
And then there was one.

One sparkly star hoping for some fun,
It shot off.
And then there was none.

This week's Flannel Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Liz on her blog, ReadMrsD.

Gotta go now!
As always,



  1. what a super storytime!!!! your suggestions for adventures from that book is perfect for our little group. we're full of super active boys who love adventures!!!

    do you have a pattern for the hey diddle characters? my friend can make them for us. my email is can you email me?

    thanks for your blog! i'll be following now!!!!!

    1. I sent the patterns yesterday afternoon. I hope you received them. Please let me know if you have any issues that I can help with.

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have fun with your boys!
      ~ K ~

  2. Love the characters - you did a great job! Can you send patterns, please? Thanks so much!

  3. Hi, I love your ideas here. I was wondering if you could share what the Moon Play song was?

  4. This is a great storytime! I came across it while looking for a preschool version of the moon phases to use with my 4 year-old daughter. THIS IS FABULOUS. Thanks!!

  5. Lovely! Could you please send me the patterns for the felt pieces? ("Hey Diddle, Diddle :)) This would pair well with the book, Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen! Thank you.