Printable Lesson Plan
A printable version of our God Never
Sleeps Lesson. Each lesson includes
the following resources.
-Morning Circle Time
-Letter of the Week
-Music & Movement
-Center Time Activities
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Bible Theme: God Never Sleeps
Children will have a blast learning about the Moon,
and how even when they are fast asleep, God is still
watching over them. This is a wonderful comfort to
children, and is a very important truth about the
character of God.
Preschool Theme: Moon
This page is full of Moon printables! There are moon
coloring pages, bible verse bracelets, printable word
wall cards, handwriting worksheets and more! We have
everything you need for a fun, moonlit adventure!
"Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
The classic bedtime story that has lulled generations of
children to sleep is the perfect first book to share with a
"Papa Please Ge the Moon for Me" by Eric Carle
In this unique and delightful picture book, the story literally
unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward
and upward. Monica wants the moon to play with, so her
Papa sets out to get it for her. It isn't easy to climb all the way
up to the moon, but he finally succeeds -- only to find that the
moon is too big to carry home! The way in which this
problem is solved is a joyful surprise.
||The Moon Shines Down
By Margaret Wise Brown / Thomas Nelson
The Moon Shines Down is a new bedtime picture book by renowned children's author Margaret Wise Brown. Based on the classic New England Sampler prayer, God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me, it uses poetic verses to follow a child praying for God's blessing on children in different parts of the world and themselves as the moon shines down on them all. Originally written many years ago, the manuscript was lost. When it was found, it was incomplete, but matching Margaret Wise Brown's distinctive writing style, it is now a complete bedtime picture book with a classical feel similar to the bestselling book Goodnight Moon. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Moon crackers. Cut swiss cheese into circles and place on round crackers. Looks like
the moon IS made of swiss cheese!
Astronaut Dramatic Play
Set up an area to be a moonscape. Use a large box like a refrigerator
shipping box or other large appliance box and decorate it to be a
rocketship or space shuttle. Spread white or gray sheets and blankets
around the floor, using a Set up an area to be a moonscape. Use a large
box like a refrigerator shipping snow suits or sweatpants and sweatshirts
for "space suits." Use a variety of box or other large appliance box and
decorate it to be a rocketship or space helmets for space helmets and old
plastic safety goggles. Headphones can be shuttle. Spread white or gray
sheets and blankets around the floor, using a used to add extra fun, but be
sure you don't mind them being played with! Let few pillows underneath
to create bumps and hills. Provide old white or gray the children ride
trikes around for space buggies. You could even scatter small rocks or
pebbles around and provide "scientific" lab containers for the children to
collect moon samples for study. If you have space sound effects, use
them in this corner.
|Bible Verse Bracelets:
Genesis 1:16 "God made
two great lights—the greater
the lesser light to govern the
night. He also made the
"He's Got the Whole
World In His Hands"
Read: Goodnight, Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown.
Talk about how God watches over us all the time, even when
we're sleeping, and that He never sleeps. Discuss how God
provides everything we need, including the sun to warm and
light our days, and the nighttime with its own restful light.
Music & Movement:
1. Take a trip to the moon! Guide children on a space launch: get into their space suits,
walk onto the space shuttle, (waving at all the onlookers,) strap themselves in, radio
mission control, countdown, feel the forces of gravity as the shuttle launches into space,
feel weightlessness, prepare to land on the moon, and then, the ultimate...moonwalk!
Jump and leap on the moon. Drive moon buggies! Plant the flag and stake your claim,
then come home to Earth again! After everyone is safe and sound back on the ground,
watch a clip of the original moon landing with the children.
2. To focus on the letter of the day, have an "O"utrageous "O"rchestra! Hand out
outrageous instruments to the children like kazoos, clappers, jingle bells, triangles, party
blowers, rainsticks, recorders, shakers, windchimes, blocks, and slide whistles. Form an
"o"val, and march to the music!
Have a variety of rocks available along with magnifying glasses,reading
lights, scales and balances, and scrap paper. Set up some posters and
large books with pictures of meteors and moon rocks. Explain that
although these rocks aren't actually from the moon, rocks from outer
space often look very much like Earth rocks. Encourage the children to
smell the rocks, feel their roughness, try to make marks with different
rocks on scrap paper, and sort and weigh the rocks.
Introduce the letter "O" by playing a guessing game with the children. Say something
like, "I'm thinking of a word that begins with "o," and it has feathers, is tall, and runs
really fast." (Ostrich.) Give other clues as needed. Other words to guess could be
"ocean," "ox," "owl," "oval," "oatmeal," and "onion."
Transition into today's topic by discussing the recent Christmas holiday. Spend some
time just talking with the children about what they did. where they went, and what they
got for Christmas. Remind them that the whole Christmas season is celebrated because
of one special night. The night Jesus was born! Explain that today's lesson is all about
the nighttime. God made the night for very special reasons, and He was very happy
when He made the night! What are some special things about night? The moon, stars,
darkness, night animals, cooler air, sleep, dreams, etc.
Moon in My Room
If you have access to a "Moon in My Room" toy by Uncle Milton, set up a
corner to display and discuss the phases of the moon using it. This is a
very popular educational toy and is well-received and easily understood by
children. If you do not have access to this toy, set up a discovery corner
with posters and books set up showing the moon and its phases. Make
moon puzzles for the children to put together. Take a yellow circle and
cut it into varying crescent shapes. Help the children put it back together.
Explain that the appearance of the moon is really only a result of the
Earth's shadow being cast upon the moon. Provide a lamp and two balls to
demonstrate how one ball passing in front of the light casts a shadow onto
the other ball. Discuss how it is day on one side of the earth while it is
night on the other. Ask the children if they can explain why. Ask whether
they've ever seen the moon in the daytime. Explore the children's
|Eric Carle Moon Pictures
Make moon pictures based on those in Eric Carle's book, Papa, Please Get the Moon
for Me. Give each child a large rectangle of blue paper. Let them brush white paint
across it for a background, then let it dry. Next, give each child a circle of darker blue
for the moon. Show them the pictures of the moon in the story, and ask them to
create their own moons based on their responses to Carle's artwork. Provide white
paint and let them fingerpaint their own beautiful moons. After the moons are dry,
paste them onto the prepared backgrounds. Let the children embellish their creations
further by placing gold and silver star stickers into their night skies.
Optional Shape Match Game: Phases of the Moon
This is a printable game you can use to let children practice
matching up the different phases of the moon. Use the provided
blank pages and mount them to a file folder, or color one part of
each moon black as the shadowed part and laminate for a center
time activity. Glue the full moon in the center as a guide of how to
Moon Match Up Page 1
Moon Match Up Page 2
Moon Match Up Page 3
Optional Activity: Have a pyjama party!
Let everyone come dressed in their PJ's and bring their
favorite cuddly. Break out the popcorn and the latest
movie, dim the lights, and have a pyjama party at school!
Optional Craft: Whole World
This is a printable craft that you can do with children before
you sing the song "He's got the whole world in his hands"
during your bible storytime. Children color and cut out the
world, then paste on construction paper hands. Or if you're
feeling messy, let them dip their hands in paint and stamp on
top of the world.
||Inflatable Solar System Set
By Learning Resources Inc
Explore our universe with this inflatable classroom set. Teach size and distance relationships of planets, the moon and the sun. Learn rotation, revolution and orbit through class activities or demonstrations using this realistic looking set. Includes 36" Sun and proportionate planets and moon with sizes ranging from 8" to 22". Also includes a foot pump, Teacher's Activity Guide and hooks for easy hanging. Deflate for easy storage.
|O is for Olive Branch
This is a Bible Coloring
Page of a dove returning
to the ark with an olive