Sun, Moon and Stars-Toddlers


Come Back Ben by Ann Hassett
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera
What the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri

Flannel Boards

Rhymes & Fingerplays

The Moon
I look for the moon every night. look upward
Sometimes it’s yellow, orange or white. count colors as mentioned
Sometimes it looks just like a ball. make circle with hands
Sometimes it is not there at all. shake head “no”
On some nights, half the moon will hide. cover half of face with hand
On others, it’s a smile tipped on its side. make “u” with thumb & index finger, turn

The Sun
From “Ring a Rig O’Roses by Flint Public Library
In the morning the sun gets up Extend arm horizontally.
And marches all the day. Raise arm slowly.
At noon, it stands right overhead; Point straight up.
At night, it goes away. Lower arm slowly and drop down.

From “Ring a Rig O’Roses by Flint Public Library
At night I see the twinkling stars Opening and closing hands
And a great big smiling moon. Circle arms overhead
My mommy tucks me into bed, Lay head on hands
And sings a good-night tune. Rocking motions with arms.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Use ASL as you sing the song.


Moon Moon Moon by Laurie Berkner
Mr. Sun by Raffi
This Little Light of Mine by Raffi
Use ASL-candle, shine
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Ten Little Suns

This is a simple little flannel to put together and works great with weather and astronomy themes. I got the idea from Amy over at One Little Librarian. I like how you can use the clouds to hide the suns instead of removing the suns from the flannel board.

Start by covering each sun with a white cloud. “I have some clouds to show you. It looks like something is trying to peek through those clouds!” Uncover the suns as you sing.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little sunshines,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little sunshines,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little sunshines,
10 little sun are out today!

“Uh oh, looks like it’s getting cloudy again!” Cover the suns back up while singing the second verse.

9 little, 8 little, 7 little sunshines,
6 little, 5 little, 4 little sunshines,
3 little, 2 little, 1 little sunshine,
No little suns are out today.

Night Moon, Night Moon What Do You See?

Night Moon, Night Moon what do you see?
I see a yellow star smiling at me!

Yellow Star, Yellow Star, what do you see?
I see a blue cloud smiling at me!

Blue Cloud, Blue Cloud, what do you see?
I see a raindrop smiling at me!

Raindrop, Raindrop, what do you see?
I see a rainbow smiling at me!

Rainbow, Rainbow, what do you see?
I see a bright sun smiling at me!

Bright Sun, Bright Sun what do you see?
I see lots of pretty things smiling at me!