It's BOOK WEEK 2013

      It's BOOKWEEK 2013!!  The theme is


      OUR RHYMES and chosen PICTURE BOOK will help to                     complement this theme and exciting week in the world of  books!!!!!  

                   BLAST OFF .......................................

                 2013 BOOK WEEK is celebrated from the
                             17th – 23rd August

Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia,
celebrating its 68th birthday in 2013!

Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

The shortlist of books can beb found at the Children's Book Council of Australia.

These are the shortlisted picture books for 2013!!


A Day to Remember Mark Wilson/Jackie French
Herman and Rosie  Gus Gordon
Lightning Jack  Patricia Mullins/Glenda Millard
Tanglewood  Margaret wild/Vivienne Goodman
The Coat Julie Hunt/Ron Brooks
Sophie Scott Goes South Alison Lester

You will be soon able to borrow these from your local library.

Susan Stephenson from the Book Chook has developed some great resources for
Book Week 2013 including this Activity Booklet!


Perhaps you would like to go on a mission to find another UNIVERSE!!!  Where could that Universe be?  Maybe it's under your bed or in your backpack.


this compilation of ideas for Book Week.

Have fun, dress up, visit your library and
read lots of picture books during book week!


A rhyme about SPACE to celebrate Book Week 2103 -


Zoom, zoom, zoom

Hands together and move back and forth
We’re going to the moon.

Point to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’ll  get there very soon.

Point to a pretend watch

If you want to take a trip

Hold out hands
Climb aboard our rocket ship.

Beckon to others
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re  going to the moon!

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2,1, ZERO….BLAST OFF!

0-2 years – With your baby or toddler sitting on your lap or lying on a rug on the floor follow the actions in the rhyme.  Your child will watch all the actions with interest.  If they enjoy listening to this rhyme chant it over and over again over months and years and your child will start to participate in the actions and even join in with the words.  Young children learn their vocabulary and body movements from repetition and observation.  What a great rhyme to learn from!!  At the end of the rhyme count down slowly and when you get to “Zero” gently lift your baby up in the air and zoom them around the room in their rocket ship!!!  This will create lots of giggles and laughter – children learn best during an exciting emotional experience! 

2-5 years – As for the 0-2 years but encourage your child to participate in the actions.  It is very difficult for young children to chant the rhyme and do the actions at the same time – they need a lot of concentration for this – so just keep chanting the rhyme over and over again until they are very familiar with the actions and then encourage them to join in with the words.  Usually the first words they join in with are the counting down numbers at the end of the rhyme – point to each finger as you count down to zero.  Then both of you BLAST OFF and zoom around the room together pretending to be a rocket ship.  Hesitate after ZERO and watch your child itching to zoom around the room – they are anticipating and predicting -
great early literacy and numeracy skills. What fun!!


5 little astronauts flying near the stars

The first one said “Let’s all fly to Mars”

The second one said “There are asteroids in the air!”

The third one said “But we don’t care!”

The fourth one said “Let’s go up in the sky”

The fifth one said “Let’s all fly very high”.

Then whoooooosh went the ship

And out went the light

And five little astronauts

Flew out of sight!!

0-2 years – Your child should be sitting on your lap or lying on a rug facing you as you kneel up over the top of your child maintaining eye contact. This rhyme is the same format as “This Little Piggy” and you should hold your child’s hand in your palm and then touch each finger as you chant the rhyme.  If you carefully squeeze and rub your child’s finger a number of times – bottom to top – this is a baby massage technique!!  This helps your child to be aware they have a number of fingers and helps their fine-motor development.  At the end of the rhyme lift your baby up carefully and gently and whoooosh them around the room like a rocket ship.  After chanting this rhyme a number of times your baby (from 4-6 months) will start to anticipate that they will be lifted and whooshed around the room and you will realise that your baby is listening to you and is now familiar with the rhyme.  They are such clever little beings!  The whooshing around the room can become more physical and active as your child becomes used to the actions of the rhyme – they will love it and you will be rewarded with lots of giggles and laughing.  
Don't forget to try it on both feet too!


2-5 years – Do the same actions as with the 0-2 years.  Children enjoy these touching rhymes for many years – sometimes until they are eight years old or older!  Don’t stop doing some of these rhymes – let your child tell you they don’t want the rhyme any more!!  The end of this rhyme can be much more active with this age group and you and your child can whoosh around the room making lots of rocket ship noises together and having lots of fun – this continues to strengthen the emotional attachment between you and your child.

Another rhyme to chant to help learn numbers
is all about the Stars!!

Go outside in the evening and look at the stars.  Chant the following rhyme and you can change the number of stars each time to chant it. This will help your child to become familiar with the names of large numbers.

100 Stars

I saw 100 stars last night
Shining in the sky
I wondered as I watched them,
How did they get so high?

The Butterfly Wings

International Year of Maths of Planet Earth

theme for August is




Preschool children learn best from everyday experiences solving problems which are meaningful to them. As a parent, it is helpful to observe those moments when children have problems and help them think about different ways to solve their own problems. Placing a new challenge or problem before your preschooler helps them brainstorm new ways to solve it. These are necessary life skills your child has to learn, not only for when they go to school but also as an adult.

Problem Solving:A question that needs a solution.
In mathematics some problems use words:
"John has three toys cars and David has two toy cars.  How many cars altogether?"

Websites with some simple, everyday problem solving activities, articles and ideas include:

24 Preschool Maths Activities 
Problem Solving Activities for Preschools 
Preschool Problem Solving 
Ability Path Areas of Development
Building Problem-Solving Skills in Toddlers and Preschoolers 
Learning Links Tip Sheet – Encouraging problem solving skills
Child Care Plus – Children can use problem solving 
In Praise of the Humble Board Game 




The Butterfly Wings Team would like to encourage families and early year’s educators to use picture books as a starting point to develop mathematical ideas and to play with mathematical concepts.

We would like to:

  • promote the use of mathematical language in story telling and picture books
  • recognise the breadth of mathematical concepts in picture books
  • encourage children to take concepts introduced through stories into the wider environment 


is all about Problem Solving  

"Mog wants to go in a spaceship for his birthday treat... so Meg makes a spell, and off they go!"

You can watch a retelling of this Meg and Mog story on YouTube

Meg and Mog books are full of problems and different ways to solve them.  Encourage your child to think of different ways to solve their problems– it doesn’t have to be sensible or real, it just has to be about using their creative imaginations!

Use Meg on the Moon to 
  • teach space vocabulary
  • predict what will happen next
  • make a spaceship out of boxes and other recycled materials
  • plant your very own moon garden - plants that flower and bloom at night!
  • go on an 'M' walk.  Look for all the things around your neighbourhood that start with the 'm' sound.  It is best to learn the sounds of the letters for reading!
What other ideas can you come up with to BRING Meg on the Moon ALIVE?