Discussion - Once you have read the book to the children, have them talk about the book. This is a good time for a question and answer session on the book and the illustrations of the solar system. You can ask them if they have any questions about our solar system or space. Have one child show you where the sun is. Have another child show you a star, and another one can show you where the earth is.
Glowing Space Artwork
Materials: You will need construction paper, glowing markers, scissors, glue and large glitter flakes.
Instructions: Use black or dark blue construction paper for the background of the picture. Draw and cut out the sun, moon and earth from a piece of construction paper. Using the glue, make squiggly lines on the background piece of construction paper. Sprinkle glitter all over this background. Glue the sun, moon and earth on the paper according to their positions in the solar system.
Materials: You will need to collect paper bags, scissors, glitter or foil, glue and markers.
Instructions: Cut the paper bag so that it rests on the child's shoulders. Cut out large squares on the front and each side of the paper bag. Allow the children to decorate the helmets with glitter or foil.
Materials: Collect two 2-liter plastic soda bottles for each child, kite string, foil or glitter and glue.
Instructions: Glue and tie both the soda bottles together side by side. Allow the children to use foil or glitter to decorate their oxygen tanks.
Meteor or Moon Rocks
Materials: Collect Styrofoam balls and aluminum foil.
Instructions: Cover each ball with aluminum foil.
Moon Rock Hunt
Have the children wear their space gear and, as a class and hunt for moon rocks that you have hidden either in the classroom or outside.