“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of … ”

Whoops, wrong intro! Lol. Space, the final frontier is close but not our theme today.

While it is very important to start teaching our children those fundamental, well grounded concepts that will help them throughout their lives, like: numbers and counting; the alphabet, words and how to put them all together; gravity, etc. it is also important to encourage and develop their imagination and sense of wonder.

Thankfully, when they are very young this is pretty easy – everything is new and wondrous to a toddler – and one of the easiest ways to spark their imagination is to start with things they can already see, hear, touch and feel. When we look up into the sky, whether night or day, there are all sorts of amazing things we can’t reach and touch but we can definitely see. This makes them perfect subjects to stimulate their curiosity and imagination, as they will always be that bit distant and mysterious.

There are so many things to look up at in wonder it’s hard to know where to start but I’m going to pick out the big, obvious, nighttime ones: the moon and the stars. Here’s some stories to get their imagination going:

But there aren’t just stories to tell, journeys to take and worlds to imagine, there are also rhymes to sing! Here are two we do at pram jams regularly:

Plus a couple of perhaps lesser known rhymes that suit our theme today:

Me and the moon

I see the moon and the moon sees me
Down through the leaves of the old oak tree.
Oh! let the moon that shines on me
Shine on the one I love.

Star Light Star Bright

Star light, Star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Now we’re ready to tackle one of those final frontiers …