Want your preschool-age child to flex his rapidly developing counting, comprehension, and logical-reasoning muscles from time to time this summer?
High Five makes learning fun for eagle-eyed and highly motivated intergalactic voyagers. You can find That’s Silly! on pages 18–19 in the August issue. Get ready to share the fun.
1. Warm-up exercises for preschool solar-system travelers
Have your astronaut-to-be locate each of the following pictures. Discuss the italicized terms if he doesn’t know what they mean.
- A croissant-shaped moon
- An erupting volcano
- Bowling-ball planet
2. Countdown to lift-off
Ask your child to count each of the following beings seated in the auditorium:
- Sleeping visitors
- People pointing
- The planetarium guide with a crazy-looking moustache and long hair
3. That’s Silly’s one-time only outer-space challenge
Help your child count down backward from 10 to blastoff—just like pros in Mission Control at NASA.
4. Investigate these wow-me-now facts
Explore the wonders of outer space. Check out library books and online sites to find out:
- Why telescopes make faraway things look bigger and closer
- Why volcanoes erupt
5. Encourage your little storyteller to use her imagination
Together, look at all the crazy goings-on in the planetarium pictures. Ask your child:
- Where do you think the flag-holding critter who’s standing upside down on one of the planets is going?
- Is the astronaut in the audience going to exit the planetarium show and zoom into outer space? Where might he be heading? Is he worried about the volcano?
- Where is the goat going?
- What’s making the wolves howl? Is that normal?
- What’s frightening the boy who is covering his eyes?
6. Get artsy with crafts
- Make a telescope. Roll a sheet of cardstock in your child’s favorite color over a cardboard tube and lock it into place with rubber bands. Invite your child to decorate the telescope with markers and colorful stickers.
- Create a rocket-ship picture. Draw a basic rocket ship on construction paper. Encourage your child to decorate it with crayons or markers. Cut out three small cardstock circles. Cover with foil, attach to the rocket, and call them windows. Glue cotton balls to the base of the rocket. That’s the exhaust!
- Craft a comet. Create a round, shiny comet out of crumbled up foil. Glue the comet to black construction paper. That’s the sky. Make the comet’s tail out of glitter glue. (Construction paper planets are optional.)
7. Extend this activity
- Visit a planetarium. Together learn about our celestial skies, stars, moons, the sun, clouds, and planets.
- Go outdoors on a clear, warm night. Observe the evening sky. Find the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, and Orion’s belt.
- Look for a shooting star.