Rainy Day Fun With the Moon and the Stars

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The girls and I started out for a run this morning (well I run and they ride in the jogger), but after about six minutes we were running back home to get out of the rain. 

So now what do we do?

Lately, the girls have been very interested in the moon and stars. Which is funny because they are asleep by 7:30, so they haven't actually seen the real moon and stars. However, they love finding them in books, on random objects, and in pictures. They also love singing about them in songs like "Twinkle, Twinkle" and "God Bless the Moon". 

We've been using sign language for almost a year now. Star is one of their favorite signs to make. This is a link to one of their all time favorite asl sign videos of "Twinkle, Twinkle"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Npjh87WWKE (so cute)!

Anyways, I thought rainy day means dark and gray, so why not bring out the flashlights and make shadows.  

I started by cutting out the crescent moon and stars from black construction paper. The former 1st grade teacher in me always wants to throw in those extra geometry words. 

Then, armed with our flash lights, the girls and I went into the darkest part of the living room  to find a place to play with our new celestial shadows. 

After they tired of the moons and stars, they had fun making shadows with found objects like a shoe, a block, and their hands. 

Then of course, we had to explore all sorts of objects with the flashlight. 
The girls even wore their firework shirts today. They call them their "star shirts."

We ended the morning, with a fun stamp painting project. I had gotten this stamp years ago at a craft store. Add a little Crayola washable yellow paint on a paper plate. Stamp the paint on the plate first, then stamp the paint onto the paper and you've got Star painting!
Note: Keep wet wipes handy. Two babies painting is not easy!!! 

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