5-4-3-2-1,
Blast off!

This week’s storytime is all about space. So climb aboard your rocket ships and zoom up to the moon, swing by the stars, and venture to a galaxy far away. Take a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring the Milky Way, asteroids and planets along the way. Inspire your children to reach for the stars. Who knows, you may have a budding astronaut or astronomer.

My family went along to Astrofest 2016 at Curtin University in March and looked up at the moon through a variety of powerful telescopes. We also learned that more people have stood on the surface of the moon than have visited the deepest spot in the ocean. And my children can’t wait to look up at the night sky again when we visit the Perth Observatory later this month for a dark sky nights tour. We will be able to view a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars and enormous star clusters.

Books to Read

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

How to catch a star

In this vibrantly illustrated and visually engaging picture book by Oliver Jeffers, a young boy is on a quest to catch a star of his very own. It’s his dream. But how? He comes up with a variety of ideas and plans for pulling a star from the sky, but unfortunately none of them are successful. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t actually capture a star. But the underlying message in this tale is that we should not give up on our hopes and dreams. We should reach for the stars and even if we fall short, we might still end up with something pretty amazing.

Two Little Aliens by Sam Lloyd

two-little-aliens

This story was very popular at my storytime session on space. Two friendly little aliens have landed on Earth and want to have some fun. A park seems the perfect place to start, but even the simplest things can be confusing when you are new to the planet! In this funny tale, children delight in the things the two little alien friends get muddled and confused about in the playground. Fortunately, some human children come along and show the aliens the right way to do things. Friendship and helping others are messages in this brightly illustrated and humorous story for young children.

Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson; illustrated by Nick East

Goodnight-Spaceman-Jacket-Cover

This picture book was inspired by ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, and his two sons. Tim Peake is the first official British ESA astronaut. He left Earth on 15th December 2015 to begin a six month long mission aboard the International Space Station. Goodnight Spaceman tells the story of two brothers who dream of joining their dad on his adventures in space. They get ready for bed before being whisked away into space on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams. The illustrations are bold, vibrant and out-of-this-world. Tim hopes the book will inspire a new generation of girls and boys to look up at the stars.

An Outer Space Rhyme
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going very soon
If you want to take a trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon
5,4,3,2,1
Blast off!

Did You Know? Almost 10% of the total number of astronauts have been women.

Craft Idea
Have a blast making this rocket ship!

Rocket

 

 

 

 

You will need:

  • White card
  • A paper cup
  • A straw
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cellophane strips (red, orange or yellow)
  • Tape

Simply copy a picture of a rocket onto white card, colour and cut out. Tape a straw and cellophane strips to the back of the rocket. The cellophane will be the blazing rocket exhaust. Cover a paper cup with foil and pierce a hole into the base of the cup to insert the straw into. The cup will be the launch pad ready for you to count down for the rocket’s take off.

And Remember: Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Happy reading!

PS If you have a favourite story, rhyme or craft about space, I’d love to hear about it.