Each May, the kindergartners in my class choose parts of the solar system (little slips of paper out of a hat) to reveal their Planet Play part for the performance. They research their part (Earth, Halley’s Comet, the Sun, etc.), write lines, sing songs and perform for their parents before school finishes in June. It’s a “moving-up” type of ceremony that children enjoy. In honor of the Planet Play, we switch out themed-curriculum areas (Practical Life, Science, the numeration shelf in Math) to coincide with what we’re learning. Here are some shelves that revolve around planets.
I’m not sure it really matters but just so you have some context, I currently have two 3 year olds, 5 four year olds, 9 five year olds, and 6 six year olds. No one puts anything in their mouths so I’m able to have small items.
I’m not sure where this puzzle came from but it’s a favorite. After taking out the pieces and replacing them, many children choose to do an extension where they trace each piece and then pin-punch it to make their very own astronaut.
Here are planets (the names are on the back) and children can attach them to the black magnetic board — move them around, rotate them, etc. It’s a simple work and children are drawn to it.