Songs and Activities about Day and Night

Most preschoolers like day time better than night time, and there may be several reasons for this.  Among them, night time means the fun and activity of the day is slowing down and they must prepare for bedtime.  Another thing they may dread is the darkness of night.  Some children have trouble going to sleep because they are afraid of the shadow at night.  These songs and activities here are meant to relieve some of those fears and help children understand that the day and night both have an important place in how we live and grow. 

Activity #1 – Coon goggles

 Make raccoon goggles using black felt that is cut in the shape of a large “peanut.”   Measure if necessary, to make sure goggles wrap slightly around to the sides of the each child’s head and rests on their temples.   After measuring, poke a small hole on one end of the goggles and slide an elastic cord through it.  Knot it firmly and repeat with the other end of the cord.  The cord can now be stretched enough to slip the glasses in place over the eyes.   If some children hesitate or resist putting on the goggles, leave them be.  They may soon join in while watching other children.

First, put your own goggles on while you tell a story about “a little raccoon that lived in the forest.”  Talk about how he couldn’t sleep during the day because it was too bright, so Mother Coon made him some night goggles to wear for his nap time.   Continue weaving this tale and how the little raccoon liked the soft material over his eyelids.  How he could relax because Mother Raccoon was close by.  Tell the children that Little Coon liked to stay awake at night while the stars are up in the sky, because that is what raccoons do, so it was important for him to sleep in the day time.   And wasn’t it good that Mother Coon made the goggles for him! 

After your story is over, remove your coon goggles and admire the ones each student helped make.  Tell them while your eyes were covered, you couldn’t see how they looked in their goggles.  Ask them to let you see how they look with their coon goggles on.  Play this little game several more times until all the children feel comfortable with it.  You might begin letting children wear their coon goggles while you read them a story at nap time.  Maybe they will, like Little Coon, find it easier to rest!

Activity #2 – Globe in the tent

Bring several sheets or blankets to class and drape them over tables and chair to make a large tent.  Pretend outside the tent, it is day and inside the tent, it is night.  Sit inside the tent together and talk about how the sun makes its journey across the sky every day.   Use a globe and flashlight to show how the sun shines on part of the world during the day time while it is night time on the other side of the world.

Locate your country and put a red sticker on it to mark the spot.  Now have someone hold the flashlight very still while you slowly turn the globe.   Show the children how we share the sun with children in other parts of the world so they can have daytime, too.  Then show how night time comes to their homes so they can sleep while we have school and play time!

Activity #3 – Hang the sun, moon and stars

Discuss sun, moon and stars while using various materials.  Run copies of sun, moon and stars for them to color or paint, or have them do their own free style.  Find cookie cutters in round, crescent and star shapes and  use them with Play-doh.  

Make a mobile from two small paper plates glued back to back.  Color or paint one side with a large bright sun and label it “DAY.”  On the flip side, use stickers or let children design their own stars and moon and label it “NIGHT.”  Punch a hole in the top and hang all the mobiles around the ceiling.  Let children take them home at the end of the week.

Songs about day and night:

Song #1 – Tune: Mary had a little lamb

The sun is shining oh-so- bright, oh-so-bright, oh-so-bright!

The sun is shining oh-so-bright, it’s day and time for play.

The stars are shining oh-so-bright-, oh-so-bright,  oh-so-bright!

The stars are shining oh-so-bright, it’s night and time for sleep.

Song #2 – Tune: The bear went over the mountain

V. 1   The sun comes up in the morning, the sun comes up in the morning,

The sun comes up in the morning, it’s time to rise and shine!

It’s time to rise and shine!  It’s time to rise and shine!

The sun comes up in the morning, the sun comes up in the morning,

The sun comes up in the morning, it’s time to rise and shine!

V. 2  The stars come out in the night time, The stars come out in the night time,

The stars come out in the night time, It’s time to go to bed!

It’s time to go to bed!  It’s time to go to bed!

The stars come out in the night time, The stars come out in the night time,

The stars come out in the night time, It’s time to go to bed!

It’s important for preschoolers to know that day and night are both good.  It’s also important to know that we need our sleep so we can grow bigger and stronger.  Remind them that preschoolers, just like Little Coon, need a nap now and then so they won’t be too tired.  Some children will resist that idea, but continue to review your Day and Night songs and activities to plant these truths in their little minds.  Their parents will thank you!