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9 Rocket Books

Preschoolers loves rockets, spaceships, and UFOs! Who isn’t fascinated about the possibility of blasting-off into space? Here are some of my son’s favorite rocket books. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. My kiddo loved them so much that we ended up buying several of them. Check your public library for these stories and borrow them for free!

9 Great Rocket Books

Roaring Rockets

1. Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton—

Tony Mitton has written lots of books about “things that go” and my son especially enjoyed this one about rockets. Witty rhymes and great illustrations make this story lots of fun to read together. The author packs plenty of great information about rockets and space into this fun story!

Space Race book

2. Space Race by Joy Cowley—

This is an older book, but that didn’t stop my son from loving so much that we had to buy it! In this story, 5 rockets race into space, but one-by-one the rockets encounter a humorous/silly problem and can’t continue the race. Read this one to find out who will win!

Go. Otto, Go

3. Go, Otto, Go by David Milgrim—

The adventures of Otto the robot are sure to delight the preschool crowd. Otto is a space robot visiting Earth. Otto misses his family so he builds a robot to take him. Read this funny story to find out if he make the spaceship fly. Otto has several more books, each one sparsely worded with humorous pictures!

Interstellar Cinderella book

4. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood–

This is a fantastic STEM and girl-power book! In this take on the Cinderella fairytale, Cinderella is rocket mechanic who fixes the prince’s spaceship. She captures his attention with her repair skills and turns down his marriage proposal to be his lead mechanic instead. The book has great pictures and rhyming text, which will kids will love!

On the Launch Pad: a counting book about rockets

5. On the Launch Pad: a counting book by Michael Dahl—

This is a great book for preschoolers — it has counting, rockets, and bright colors! Kids will love seeing the rocket, astronauts, satellites, and other space things while searching the pages for the hidden numbers. My son loves to find the hidden numbers in book illustrations! This book will help get preschoolers excited about numbers and counting 🙂

Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket

6. Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue Fliess—

This rhyming story is sure to charm your preschooler! Sadie builds a rocket and hires her crew (stuffed animals) and heads into space. They make it Mars and plant their flag. An incoming storm causes them to depart. Sadie and her crew return to Earth as history- making heroes! This inspiring story concludes with facts about Mars and women in space.

Curious George and the Rocket

7. Curious George and the Rocket by Margaret Rey–

George becomes the first monkey in space in this cute story. Get ready to count down and blast off with this curious monkey as he zooms into outer space. Once safely back on Earth, George is awarded a medal for his heroism. Bright pictures and short text make this book a great choice for kids who can’t sit still for long stories.

The Snow Rocket

8. The Snow Rocket by Derek Anderson–

Although this is not a space story, friends Romeo and Lou build a rocket out of snow that magically comes to life and flies them far away from home! They land in a city and mistake the new people, animals, and things that they discover for more familiar home creatures: penguins, seals, walruses, and fish! The mistaken identities will make kids laugh as the two friends make their way through the city in search of a new rocket ship to take them home. When they are beginning to lose hope, Romeo and Lou board a cargo ship and make a rocket out of cardboard boxes and set off! Kids might just want to make a rocket of their own after reading this!

Sheep Blast Off

9. Sheep Blast Off by Nancy Shaw–

We love Nancy Shaw’s sheep adventures! These silly sheep always inadvertently get themselves into trouble. In this story, the sheep find a spaceship and they all get in and blast off into space! Unfortunately none of the sheep know how to fly a rocket. Get ready to giggle as the sheep blunder their way through space.

Disclaimer:

Check your library for these and other rocket books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

MORE SPACE!!!

Looking for more stories to read, check out our Alien Stories recommendations!

Space “I Spy” Worksheets: print out these 2 fun space themed I Spy pages and count how many of each space object you can find in the picture.

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Alien Stories for Preschoolers

Aliens are a popular topic for preschoolers! It seems lots of their favorite shows and movie feature creatures from outer space. Here are 8 great alien stories to read with your preschooler so that they can further grow their imaginations!

8 Alien Stories
8 Alien Stories

Aliens Stories:

Aliens Love Underpants

1. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort–

Using silly, rhyming text, Aliens Love Underpants explains that aliens come to planet Earth is search of underwear! So you had better check your undies for aliens before you put them on! Check your library for this one, or you can buy it on Amazon here. There are several sequels to this book: Aliens in Underpants Save the World, Aliens Love Dinopants, and Aliens Love Panta Claus!

There's an Alien in Your Book

2. There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher —

This is a fun, interactive book about a little alien who crash lands in your book! Meeting an alien seems scary at first, but the reader learns that being mean is not the answer. Fletcher incorporates a gentle message of acceptance mixed in with lots of humor that will keep your preschooler entertained. My son enjoyed the interactive components to the book and had fun shaking and flapping the book to try and rid it of the alien.

Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

3. Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara—

Loosely based on The Three Little Pigs story, this book is a giggle-inducing space and robot adventure. The little aliens set out to build themselves homes, only to have the big, bad robot knock down the first two homes. Will the aliens be safe in a house made of bricks with solar panels and a telescope? Great tool for learning about the planets and interstellar travel! This book is little on the long side and may not be ideal for wiggly kiddos; parents can skip parts to make it shorter if needed.

Chase's Space Case

4. Chase’s Space Case (Paw Patrol) by Kristen L. Depkin —

Preschoolers’ favorite Paw Patrol Pups plus aliens makes this book a winner! This book is based on the TV episode about an alien who crash lands in Adventure Bay. Mysterious giant bubbles begin lifting up the animals on Famer Al and Farmer Yumi’s farm and Paw Patrol comes to the rescue. Join Chase and the other pups as they save the animals, find the alien, fix the spaceship, and help get the alien back to space! The book is quick read with great pup pictures and it has stickers (which my child always likes).

The Smeds and the Smoos book

5. The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson—

Julia Donaldson creates a silly, rhyming story about two aliens (one is a Smed and one is a Smoo) who are star-crossed lovers. Since the Smeds and the Smoos have a long-standing feud, these two aliens wed secretly and leave their home planet in search of a place where their families will not come and tear them apart. The Smeds and the Smoos are both worried about the missing aliens and they team up to find them. Along the way, the Smeds and the Smoos realize that they actually like each other in spite of their differences. Everyone gets a happily ever after when the runaways are reunited with their family and everyone becomes friends.

Aliens Get the Sniffles Too

6. Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! Ahhh-choo! by Katy Duffield—

Oh no, Little Alien has a cold and nothing anyone does seems to help make Little Alien feel better. Mars Rover, the aliens’ three-eyed pup, is determined to make Little Alien smile. The pup does all sorts of tricks to finally earn a smile. Filled with space puns and lots of spacey-words that preschoolers will recognized, this story and its cute pictures will have your preschooler entertained.

Best Frints in the Whole Universe

7. Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis–

Aliens, Yelfred and Omek, have been best frints forever. But when Omek takes Yelfred’s new toy without asking and then breaks it, the two aliens get in a fight. Is their frintship over? No! Eventually the two aliens realize that their frintship is stronger than their fight. Filled with funny words and bright illustrations, your preschooler will enjoy reading this story with you.

Spacebot book

8. Spacebot by Mike Twohy—

My son LOVES this book! He actually clapped after I read it to him! A mysterious UFO lands in Dog’s backyard. A robot space dog appears and Dog is excited to someone who looks like a dog. However, it is the household appliances that the visitor is here for, and they come to life and start to fly around! When play time is over, the appliances return home. Poor Dog feels left out of the fun! Robot space dog gives Dog a special nose and now it is Dog’s turn for adventure! This poetic, rhyming book is absolutely amazing. The story and the pictures will capture your child’s imagination.

Check your library for these and other alien-themed books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

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Cotton Ball Ice Cream Painting

Get creative with your paintbrushes and try cotton balls with a clothespin for painting a picture of an ice cream cone. Pinch a cotton ball in the clothespin and then dip it in paint to make a fun paintbrush! Cotton ball ice cream painting was a lot of fun! My son enjoyed using the cotton balls as a paintbrush and it remined him of his dot pens.

Cotton Ball Ice Cream Painting
Cotton Ball Ice Cream Painting

Supplies needed:

  • cotton balls
  • clothespin
  • washable paint (I like to use Crayola Washable Paints )
  • paper plate
  • paper (preferably card stock or construction paper)

How To:

Painting the Cone

First, pinch a cotton ball in your clothespin. I knew we were going to use 3 different paint colors, so I had my son use 3 cotton ball clothespin brushes. If you only have 1 clothespin, it is easy to change out the cotton balls.

Pick a paint color for your ice cream cone. Pour a little paint on a paper plate. Pinch a cotton ball in a clothespin to use as a paintbrush. Gently dip the cotton ball into the paint and then stamp it onto the paper in a triangle-shape to make the cone. If your child is having trouble with this step, lightly draw a triangle shape for them to fill in with paint.

Next pick a color for your first scoop of ice cream. My son chose blue, which is also the color of the ice cream he usually picks! I poured a little blue paint onto the paper plate and he stamped his cotton ball into the paint and then onto the paper. He made his first scoop pretty big and we didn’t have much room for the second scoop.

For his second scoop, my kiddo chose purple paint. He had to squeeze his second scoop onto the top of the first scoop and quickly ran out of room on the paper. His cotton ball ice cream painting still turned out cute, even if his second scoop wasn’t very tall.

Cotton ball ice cream painting preschool craft

OPTIONAL: I think it would be fun to add fingerprint “sprinkles” onto your ice cream cone.

For more ice cream fun, check out my ICE CREAM post! It contains cute book recommendations and ice cream recipe so that you and your preschooler can make ice cream together at home.

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Awesome Vegetable Books

It can be hard to get preschoolers excited about vegetables. Here is a list of awesome vegetable books to help your child view vegetables in a positive light.

Awesome Vegetable Books!
Vegetable Books

10 Vegetable Books:

Supertato

1. Supertato by Sue Hendra—

There’s an evil pea on loose and it is terrorizing the other vegetables! Who will stop it? Here comes Supertato to the rescue. No pea can match Supertato’s speed, strength, and determination! In this funny supermarket battle between the vegetables, Supertato defeats the pea and locks it back up in the freezer so all of the other vegetables can live in peace. Full of jokes, action, and bright illustrations, you and your child will enjoy reading this book together! Fortunately there is a whole series staring Supertato and his vegetable friends so the fun can continue 🙂

Grandma's Garden

2. Grandma’s Garden by Mercer Mayer —

Little Critter is a preschool favorite! In this story, Little Critter and Little Sister help Grandma grow a vegetable garden. They pick their seeds and carefully plant them. Little Critter learns that plants need water to grow and that he has to keep the weeds away so that the little veggies have room to grow. Wow, gardens take a lot of work! In the end, all of their hard work pays off and they get to enjoy a yummy meal made from their garden! Like the other Little Critter stories, this one is full of good intentions gone wrong and the author’s trademark humor to leave preschoolers giggling.

I will never, not ever eat a tomato

3. I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child—

Lola is a fussy eater, but her older brother, Charlie, comes up with all sorts of funny names for the foods that Lola believes she won’t like and Lola is convince Lola to give them a try. For example, she won’t eat carrots, but she will eat orange twiglets from Jupiter! So far Charlie is able to convince her to everything except tomatoes. After trying all of the foods that Lola declared she would never eat, the only thing left at the table is the tomatoes. She points to the tomatoes and asks Charlie to hand her one. Charlie is in shock! Lola takes a tomato and says, “Moonsquirters are my favorite! You didn’t think they were tomatoes, did you Charlie?” My son loved the illustrations and the collage art style!

Vegetables in Underwear

4. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman–

In this short book, vegetables model an assortment of underwear. My son laughed at potato’s small undies and at the beet’s funny underwear! Everyone wears underwear, even babies, the book says. Wait a minute…babies don’t wear undies! Cue the giggles 🙂 With bright, silly pictures of veggies in undies, this book will make your preschooler laugh.

Eating the Alphabet: fruits and vegetables from A to Z

5. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert—

We love Lois Ehlert’s books! In this yummy book, Ehlert takes the reader on a journey around the world to learn about fruits and vegetables. She includes a pronunciation guide in the back so you can look up how to say each one. As I read this one to my son, I like to say “Oh, I love broccoli” or “okra” and have him tell me which ones are his favorites to eat. This book is great for learning the alphabet, as well as incorporating some healthy eating habits.

Growing Vegetable Soup

6. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert–

Lois Ehlert teaches young gardeners the steps to growing their own vegetable soup! With bright illustrations, and not a lot of words, this books shows the necessary tools to tend a garden, planting seeds, caring for your garden, and then harvesting your vegetables and preparing the soup! Ehlert’s art style will keep your preschooler enthralled with the garden process and pique their interest in growing their own vegetables. The book also includes a recipe for vegetable soup.

Tops and Bottoms

7. Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens–

A clever hare with a family to feed convinces a lazy bear, who owns lots of land for growing yummy veggies, to split his the crops in half — tops and bottoms. Bear chooses “tops,” so Hare plants root vegetables. This leaves bear with useless “tops.” Next time, Bear picks “bottoms” so Hare grows corn! The book is filled with humor and opens vertically, to better illustrate tops and bottoms.

The Turnip

8. The Turnip by Jan Brett—

In this retelling of the Russian folktale, Jan Brett provides beautiful illustrations and her trademark humor to tell a story of a family who grows a turnip so large that they can’t pull it out of the ground. One by one, family and friends try their hardest to free the turnip, but without success. Finally the rooster comes along and proclaims that he can get the turnip out of the ground! Out pops the turnip, but was it really the rooster who freed it? Pay attention to the pictures of the bears along the sides of the book and watch as they become the real heroes.

Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Jorge Lacer

9. Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Jorge Lacera —

This is a humorous story about a young zombie who loves vegetables, not brains. The little zombie comes up with all sorts of schemes to get his parents to eat veggies! Will his parents finally try vegetables? A little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun, this book is perfect for young monster-lovers.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

10. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming —

This one of my favorite “vegetable books!” Mr. McGreely has dreamed of planting a vegetable garden. Finally, this is year that he is going to do it. Three little bunnies are excited about the new vegetables he’s growing and they sneak in to eat the yummy food each night. Mr. McGreely builds fences, walls, a moat, and finally a fortress around his vegetable garden to keep the bunnies out. It looks like the bunnies are finally locked out of the garden. Mr. McGreely does a happy dance and carries his basket into the fortress, across the moat and over the wall to pick his vegetables. But who is that hiding in the basket? It’s the bunnies! Muncha, muncha, muncha!

Check your library for these and other vegetable books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Vegetable Worksheets:

  1. Which ones are vegetables? Color the pictures of vegetables. Circle your favorite veggie.

2. Living or Non-living? Cut out the pictures below and then paste them either in the living column or the non-living column. What vegetables do you see?

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Cut the Vines Scissor Skills Activity

Cut the vines and free the toy! This a fun scissor skills activity for preschoolers to practice cutting. Preschoolers love using scissors, so let’s give them constructive opportunities to practice cutting. I told my 3 year old son that the dinosaur was trapped in the vines and that he had to save him! I gave him scissors and told him to carefully cut the vines off and free the dinosaur. He really enjoyed this scissor skills activity and took his job of freeing the dino so seriously!

cut the vines and free the toy scissor skills activity supplies: plastic toy, green paper, scissors, and tape.
supplies

To do this activity you will need green construction paper, tape, safety scissors, and a plastic toy that won’t get damaged from scissors.

1. First cut the green construction paper into strips to be the vines. Mine were roughly 1/2 inch wide.

2. Wrap the vines loosely around the plastic toy and tape the ends of the vines hold them in place. I used a dinosaur because I like that it had legs and a tail that I could wrap the vine around.

Dino wrapped in vines

3. Have your preschooler free the toy from the vines by cutting the vines off!

free the dino

Yay, the toy is free! Great job using scissors!

Another scissor skills activity that I did with my son was a Paper Plate Hedgehog Craft. He got to use his scissors and cut the plate to the make the hedgehog’s quills! This craft was easy to pull together, but tons of fun.

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Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft
Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft

This toilet paper roll turkey craft makes a cute table decoration!

Supplies Needed:

-empty toilet paper roll

-paper plate

-feathers

-white, school glue

-stapler (optional, but highly recommended)

-orange paper

-googly eyes

-scissors

-red marker

How To:

Cut your paper plate in half. Discard one of the pieces.

Turn your plate backward so that the plate arches away from you. Staple the plate onto the toilet paper roll, making sure that the bottom of the the plate is even with the bottom of the toilet paper roll. If you don’t have a stapler, you can glue the plate to the toilet paper roll.

Now you get to decorate your turkey! Add glue all over the paper plate and then attach the feathers. My son used an assortment of colors and sizes. I loved the way the feathers stuck out past the edges of the paper plate.

For the turkey’s face, we used peel-and-stick googly eyes. I cut a diamond shape out of orange paper. My son folded the diamond in half to make the beak and then he glued it onto the toilet paper roll. He used a red marker to draw the turkey’s snood.

We let his project dry before placing in on our dinning table. My son is excited to give it to his grandparents when we go visit them on Thanksgiving!

If you are looking for another turkey craft to make, try our Turkey Paper Bag Puppet. I love crafts that my son can make with supplies we already have at home. All you need for this one is a paper lunch bag and construction paper.

Books!

We like to pair our crafts with our favorite books! We’ve been reading a lot of turkey and Thanksgiving books lately that inspired us to make our craft. Check out my book recommendations for stories to enjoy with your preschooler.

Turkey Books Post: eight turkey stories and one non-fiction turkey book that we enjoyed.

Thanksgiving Books: six Thanksgiving stories about being thankful.

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Free Math Worksheets Available

Check out the new “Preschool Math Skills” section under the Preschool page. I finally got some math skills worksheets available for free download so your preschooler can practice their number writing, counting, and number ordering skills 🙂

I originally made them for my son to practice his math skills, and I periodically print them off for him to do again. I am so impressed with how much his handwriting has improved. He just wrote the most beautiful number 20 on his worksheet!

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4th of July!

The Fourth of July is almost here! We watched an awesome fireworks display last night and we are looking forward to more festivities to come in the following week 🙂

We put up some red, white, and blue star decorations yesterday, and my son and I decided to make a star craft to go with our decorations.

July 4th Q-Tip Stars

This craft is great for helping preschoolers with their fine-motor skills, pattern sequencing, and color recognition.

Supplies needed are Q-Tips, white paper, black washable marker, washable paint in red, white, and blue, and a star shape to trace (I used a cookie cutter). I also used a paper plate for our paint pallet and baby wipes for getting paint off of fingers quickly.

To make your own 4th of July Q-Tip Star Craft:

  1. trace star shapes on your white paper.
  2. pour a little of each paint color onto your pallet. Set out a Q-Tip for each color of paint.
  3. talk to your child about patterns and following a sequence (great early math skills), and then pick a pattern for your stars. We did 1-1-1, 2-2-2, and 3-3.
  4. start making your Q-Tip dot patterns on your stars.
  5. after your have decorated your stars, let your project dry before showing if off!

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Dreaming of Rain

We’ve had a few light sprinkles last night and today — just enough to make my car look really dirty, but not enough to cool down the temperature. My son is disappointed that there wasn’t enough rain to make puddles because he loves to jump in puddles! And he looks so cute in his rain boots, hoping up and down too.

So here we are wishing for rain! If we can’t have actual rain, at least we can read about rain and puddles!!!

Our pick for rain: The Rain Came Down by David Shannon.

In this book, a series of chaotic events ensue when it begins to rain one Saturday morning. Squabbles among animals and among the townspeople break out as each event builds upon the craziness of the previous one. And all the while, “the rain came down.” But suddenly the rain stops and a rainbow appears and once again, all is well. Your preschooler will giggle at all of the commotion!

Your local library will probably have this book — it’s been around a while and David Shannon is a really popular author. You can also buy it on Amazon here.

Our pick for puddles: The Puddle by David McPhail.

This book is loving tribute to the imagination of a young child faced with a puddle! The little kid is not supposed to go into the puddle, but the toy boat escapes. What is a kid to do? Never fear, a whole series of animals appear to help rescue the boat! This book is full of silliness as a pig in a swimsuit appears, a turtle having tea, an alligator, and a thirsty elephant. Your local library will probably have this book since David McPhail is a well known author.

Our pick for rainbows: What Makes a Rainbow? By Betty Ann Schwartz.

This is such a cool book — not only does it devote a page to each color, it has a matching color ribbon that stretches across each page. As you turn the page, you accumulate more colored ribbons until you end up with a rainbow! It is truly amazing to see the rainbow at the end of the book. I ended up buying this book because it a great story, fantastic color teaching tool, and the ribbon rainbow is an awesome concept. Click here to buy it on Amazon.

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