Astronomy and Nighttime Activities
Nighttime can mean more than bedtime for your child. Just because it is dark, it does not mean that there are not plenty of interesting activities and things to do and learn. Take your child out on a clear night and introduce her to the wonder and mystery of the night sky. Your child will enjoy watching the phases of the moon and if you're lucky, maybe you will spot a shooting star!
Use a rubber band to secure a square of plastic wrap or cellophane over one end of each toilet paper tube.
Attach the two rolls together side by side with the remaining rubber bands.
Give your child crayons and stickers to decorate the binoculars.
Go outside on a clear night, and use the binoculars to look at the moon and the stars. If you have real binoculars or a telescope, be sure to bring that along, too.
Activity for an individual child
Age group: 18–40 months
Duration of activity: 20 minutes
All players stand in a circle.
Select one person to be “It.” That player takes the flashlight and stands in the center.
The person in the middle turns around while everyone recites the following chant.
Firefly firefly in the night, Firefly firefly shining bright. Turn to your left, And turn to your right, Pick a new friend and shine your light.
The person in the center then shines the flashlight on someone in the outer circle. That person becomes the new firefly.
Activity for a group
Age group: 30–40 months
Duration of activity: 15 minutes