Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR Goodnight Moon

This week for our preschool adventure box we looked at Goodnight Moon. It has to be one of our all time family favourites, one I read to the littles each night and one A4 knows off by heart.

  • Read alouds and go along books

These were the little one’s extra bed time read alouds. They were also available in the morning whilst the older ones were doing their chores and also during quiet time.

  • Factual books

In the same vein as the fiction books, these were available in the morning and during quiet time to browse through. The factual books were mainly used for their pictures rather than script.

 

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  • Trays
Perfect combination of MOON dough and BUNNY shapes - a great tray activity
Perfect combination of MOON dough and BUNNY shapes – a great tray activity
Playing with the rabbits she made
Playing with the rabbits she made
Close up of the rabbit.  Apart from the fact the dough gets every where, this is a great toy for all ages!
Close up of the rabbit. Apart from the fact the dough gets every where, this is a great toy for all ages and was played with ALOT!
Supplies to make a night scene (idea from fun&fabulous)
Supplies to make a night scene
B2 painting her moon with flour and white paint
B2 painting her moon with flour and white paint
Preparing their night sky with some glitter glue
Preparing their night sky with some glitter glue
Sticking the star stickers
Sticking the star stickers
B2 and A4's night sky
B2 and A4’s night sky
Trays from left to right:  Bunny Lego; Goodnight Moon puzzle; paint effects night sky
Trays from left to right: Bunny Lego; Goodnight Moon puzzle; paint effects night sky with cotton pad stars
L10 plays Lego
L10 plays Lego
A4 does the puzzle alone
T11 creating a messy night sky
T11 creating a messy night sky with the littles
B2 'ragging' with glitter glue
B2 ‘ragging’ with glitter glue
Starry nights and T11's galaxy!
Starry nights and T11’s galaxy!

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Printables

http://homeschoolcreations.com/files/Goodnight_Moon_Printables.pdf

I photocopy a wad of these to hand out as and when needed.

Snacks

  • Ginger star biscuits
Ginger star biscuits ready to be decorated
Ginger star biscuits ready to be decorated
All done and soon to be eaten
All done and soon to be eaten
  • We filled a mini muffin snack tin with healthy star crisps, cheese stars, apple moons with a couple of chocolate stars:
Mini muffin snack tin
Mini muffin snack tin
  • We cut some holey cheese to fit onto half an English muffin, we added two star cheese slices with a few sweetcorn kernels:
English cheese muffin snack
English cheese muffin snack
  • I demonstrated the phases of the moon using Oreos and a CD for the earth and a banana as the sun:
Phases of the moon
Phases of the moon

Muffin tin meal

Our Goodnight Moon muffin tin meal
Our Goodnight Moon muffin tin meal

I cooked a star-shaped pasta cheese, made a moon from a round tortilla with holey cheese on top with some chopped cherry tomatoes underneath, I cut kiwi, mango, papaya and melon into moon and star shapes and sprinkled a few chocolate stars on top of some yogurt. For a treat I added some star sprinkles all around the muffin tin.

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Games or Group activities:

The children and I decided to throw a Goodnight Moon slumber party! Oh, the fun!! We all joined in with the preparations:

C10 made the invitation:

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L10 baked little Rabbit cakes:

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T11 and L10 packed the Bunny bags with little bunny cuddly toys, the picnic, Bunny chocolates, a Bunny cake L10 had made and a Bunny cracker:

Bunny bag waiting to be packed
Bunny bag waiting to be packed
A4 and B2 had an extra bunny rabbit in their bag
A4 and B2 had an extra bunny rabbit in their bag
All 5 baskets ready to go
All 5 baskets ready to go

Daddy and T10 prepared the room by sticking glow in the dark moons and stars on the ceiling and our ‘pin the tail on the Goodnight Moon’ bunny on the wall and putting down our sofa bed and collecting duvets. And me? I kinda just organised (read bossed!) everyone! No change there then! I did light a candle or two. Our room just before the littles saw it:

Sofa bed down, duvets brought down and Goodnight Moon Bunny baskets lined up along the bed
Sofa bed down, duvets brought down and Goodnight Moon Bunny baskets lined up along the bed
Close up of baskets
Close up of baskets

And as they came in:

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Everyone snuggled on the sofa bed and ate tea, whilst Daddy read the Velveteen Rabbit, which was too long to have had as a go along, but is such a wonderful book I couldn’t resist!

Eating and listening....
Eating and listening….
....whilst Daddy read the velvetine rabbit.
….whilst Daddy read the Velveteen rabbit.

We all had a turn at ‘pin the tail on the rabbit’:

A4 doing a fab (albeit hilarious) job!
A4 doing a fab (albeit hilarious) job!
B2 had watched everyone else and very enthusiastically stuck it right on, no hesitation!!
B2 had watched everyone else and very enthusiastically stuck it right on, no hesitation!!

I missed the Rabbit, which by the way everyone had turned upside down, and aimed right for Gary’s forehead. I didn’t miss and considered myself the winner!!  (the others fervently disagreed!!)

Then we turned out the lights, blew out the candles and enjoyed the peaceful effect of the glow in the dark stars on our ceiling whilst we listened to Goodnight Moon being read by Susan Saradon

A great end to a great book study!

All my slumberers snuggling with Daddy. How blessed am I?

My lovely family
My lovely family

DVD’s and YouTube videos and any other learning bits and pieces

Goodnight Moon video

More inspiration

Phases of the moon

https://pinterest.com/mamajoyx9/book-activities-goodnight-moon/

http://tabstart.com/directory/education/goodnight-moon-worksheet-1364

 

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30 comments

  1. How fun! I didn’t do half as much when Tiger and I read this book, and I really like your ideas. Maybe I’ll get to use them the next time round — with my grandchildren. 🙂

    1. I had to laugh at loud at that! Whilst I don’t enjoy every FIAR book, this one has to be a favourite, simply for it’s potential. I’ll be rerowing next year-you’ll have to come and join us!

  2. All your activities and snacks look SO fun! The muffin tins are great, but my favorite is the English Muffin cheese night scene on the blue plate – it is so pretty!
    Thank you for linking up with Muffin Tin Monday. I love peeking in on what you’re up to. 🙂

  3. Such a fun MTM! I love the theme 😊. I also love the use of Oreos for the moon phases demonstration! What great ideas you have!

  4. What a fun week! I love that you had cookies for her to decorate. We made moon oreos way back when too and my kids still talk about it =-)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Don’t forget to change to our {new} button ~ Thanks =-)

    Hope to see you linked up again later today! Have a great weekend,
    Beth

  5. How wonderfully creative for the kids – I also love the use of oreos for demonstrating the moons phases. I’ve always had a fascination with astronomy, and my son is the same! (I remember decorating my ceiling with stars and a moon when I was a kid). Looks like a fun and happy home!! 🙂

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