Our momstown Milton mamas and kids had fun exploring and learning about the planets in the solar system this month. We have 9 planets in our Solar System. These planets circle around the sun and is called orbits. The closest planet to the sun is Mercury. Then comes Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (although many no longer classify it as a planet). We learned a fun little saying to remember this order. "My Very Energetic Monkey Just Served Us Noodles"
For our craft time, the kids created their own galaxies with stars and planets they cut out with construction paper and fun stickers.
Miss Tina read a great book from Dr. Seuss called "No Place Like Space" which the kids loved. The colourful pictures and Dr. Seuss's great rhyming way, kept the kids entertained. We also watched a short video all about the planets.
We then had fun singing songs about the solar system:
Tune: The Ants Go Marching
Verse 1: The planets revolve around the sun. Hurrah! Hurrah! The planets revolve around the sun. Hurrah! Hurrah! The planets revolve around the sun and spin on their axis everyone. And they all go spinning, around and around they go.
Verse 2: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Hurrah! Hurrah! Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Hurrah! Hurrah! Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are whirling and twirling around the sun. And they all go spinning, around and around they go.
Verse 3: Jupiter, Saturn are next in line. Hurrah! Hurrah! Jupiter, Saturn are next in line. Hurrah! Hurrah! Jupiter, Saturn are next in line. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto make nine. And they all go spinning, around and around they go.
When we sang this song, we put a yellow ball to resemble the sun in the middle of our circle. We walked around the circle as we sang and spun in place to demonstrate how the planets spin on their axis. It was a fun little exercise!
Next we learned how to put the planets in order starting from the sun. We numbered each planet for number recognition. It helped them remember the number of planets and also a great way to get them counting. They also learned all about the special traits of each planet. They found that Mars is the red planet, Jupiter is the largest, Earth is where we live and so much more.
It was a fun day that was definitely an out of this world experience!
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This Blog was written by Angela Hickman – mother of 2, momstown Milton member and blogger – Mommy Time Out