Tot-School Goodnight Moon

Tot-School Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon is T’s favorite book right now.  We had lots of fun with painting, food, puzzles, books, crafts, and games.  I love it when we have a unit study that both boys can participate in.  They both had too much fun with this one.

Goodnight Moon Book List

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
My World by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon 123 by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon ABC by Margaret Wise Brown
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Annie Kubler
The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Hickory, Dickory, Dock by Moria Kemp
Hey Diddle Diddle! By Annie Kubler
Three Little Kittens by Tanya Linch
Hey, Diddle, Diddle by Caroline Davies
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Sanja Rescek
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Skidamarink by Jacqueline East
Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale
Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Mr. Brown can Moo by Dr. Seuss
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen ChristelowIMG_2733 IMG_2702
Goodnight Moon Songs
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Hickory, Dickory Dock Hey Diddle, Diddle!

Goodnight Moon Sensory Tub IMG_2517 IMG_2522Materials:

  •  black beans (night sky)
  • clock (button with clock face drawn on garage sale dot sticker)
  • stars (glow in the dark plastic wall stars and moon)
  • mittens (cut from felt)
  • bowl (for mush)
  • spoon and dish 
  • red pom-pom (for the red balloon)
  • three plastic toy bears 
  • two plastic toy kittens 
  • a plastic toy bunny 
  • a plastic toy cow

Goodnight Moon Tot-TubsIMG_2865Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Sorting Balloons

I showed T how to use the tongs to take the red and yellow pom-poms (red balloon, yellow moon) out of the bowl and place them in the star ice cube tray.
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Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Shape Clock

I put our Shape Sorting Clock in the drawer for him to put the shapes in place.IMG_2621

Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Star Stickers

T loves stickers so I gave him some star stickers to place on a piece of black paper.IMG_2626Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Hanging Mittens

I cut some mittens out of felt and taped a string across his tot-tub.  I put in a few clothes pins and showed him how to hang his mittens to dry.IMG_2600 IMG_2604

Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Play Dough Moon

I gave him some play dough, a rolling pin, and a star and moon shaped cutter.  Then he rolled the dough and cut out stars.IMG_2697 IMG_2699 IMG_2698

Bowl of Much Breakfast

We had oatmeal for breakfast as our bowl of mush.IMG_2520

Red Balloon

I got one of those big bopping balloons for T to play with. IMG_2529

Secret Stars

I use a white crayon to draw stars on a white piece of paper.  Then I let T use blue water colors over it to find the stars.IMG_2601 IMG_2602

Spotted Cow

T used black finger paint to add spots to the cow outline on page 2, then we counted the spots.IMG_2622

Goodnight Moon Counting

I made this 1,2,3 Goodnight Moon download into a book for T to count with.IMG_2906

Hey Diddle Diddle Lunch


  • Taco shells
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Raisins
  • Block cheese
  • Banana
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Pretzel Sticks


  1. Cut 2 taco shells with scissors in the shape of a cow (head, ears, and body).
  2. Put the shredded cheese between the 2 cow parts and microwave until it melts a bit.
  3. Cut a slice of cheese from the cheese block and make stars with the star cookie cutter.
  4. Also cut cow horns and a cow bell out of the cheese.
  5. Add raisin udders and spots on the cow.
  6. Use the whole banana as the moon crescent.
  7. Add chocolate chips for the eyes, nose, and mouth.IMG_2680 IMG_2679

Painting the Moon

We finger painted a yellow moon, red balloon, and green mitten.IMG_2694 IMG_2696 IMG_2711 IMG_2715

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

I printed out and laminated a cow and moon.  I added a craft stick to them so I could make the cow jump over the moon.Goodnight Moon Study (44)

Goodnight Moon Puzzle

Just make a copy of the cover of the book and cut it into puzzle pieces.IMG_2631

Star Sorting

I gave T big stars and tiny stars and he sorted them into lines of big and tiny stars.IMG_2713

Sugar Cookie Moon

  • Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Pizza Pan
    1. Roll out the sugar cookie dough into on giant moon cookie and place on a greased pizza pan.
    2. Add craters to the moon with your fingertip.

Bake a 325 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the sides start to get brown.

Read: The Moon Might Be Milk by Lisa Shulman. You can use the recipe in the back of the book.IMG_2659 IMG_2667

Goodnight Moon Sequencing

I gave T pictures of the different items in the book and he put them in order according to how they happened in the book. IMG_2671
Hey, Diddle, Diddle!

I found this Hey, Diddle, Diddle! print out for T to color.IMG_2909

Balloon Colors

T reviewed his colors by coloring the balloons on page 2 of this download the color that I told him.  Then I cut it out and folded it into a book.IMG_2907 IMG_2908Mother Goose Game

T sang along with the nursery rhymes in this Mother Goose Game that we have.IMG_2724Making Craters

Discuss: The craters on the Moon are actually dents made by huge rocks called meteorites. The meteorites travel through space very fast.
  • small baking tray
  • some flour
  • marbles
  1. Pour the flour in the baking tray and spread out evenly with you hand (about an inch deep).
  2. Drop the marble or stone in the flour.
  3. Carefully remove the marble/stone from the flour.
  4. Look at the crater the marble/stone has made.
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 a few times so that you can see several craters.
Extension: Look through a pair of binoculars at the Moon and see if you can see the craters.IMG_2663 IMG_2661

Goodnight Moon Game

He liked to match up the cards to the correct place on each mat in Goodnight Moon Game.IMG_2630Goodnight Moon Celebration Cake

I made a cake for the boys!IMG_2445 IMG_2473 IMG_2710 IMG_2709Goodnight Moon Lap BookIMG_1429_edited-1 IMG_1428


1 Comment

  1. Wow! I am planning a moon unit for my little ones and just stumbled onto your blog via Google. So glad I did! So many great ideas here- you did a fantastic job preparing this week for your kids, and in writing such a detailed post. I love that you include which page of the printable packs you used. I’ll be checking out the rest of your “Goodnight Moon” posts. 🙂

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