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Instructions:

1. Choose five children to be space explorers. Have them stand in a row.
2. Tell each child which space explorer he is. For example, "Ryan, you're the first space explorer; Adam, you're the second explorer..."
3. If you have a large group of children, have them join hands to make a circle around the space explorers and become the "flying saucer."
4. Sing the song below with the actions mentioned, and try to get everyone looking left and right at the same time.
5. When each space explorer "zooms away," he spreads out his arms and "flies" out of the flying saucer, under the joined hands of the other children.
6. In the last verse, all the children who make up the flying saucer spread their arms and zoom away too.

Spacemen by Anne Adeney
Five spacemen in a flying saucer
Zoomed 'round the earth one day.
They looked left and right,
But they didn't like the sight
So the first man zoomed away.
Four spacemen in a flying saucer
Zoomed 'round the earth one day.
They looked left and right,
But they didn't like the sight
So the second man zoomed away.
Three spacemen in a flying saucer
Zoomed 'round the earth one day.
They looked left and right,
But they didn't like the sight
So the third man zoomed away.
Two spacemen in a flying saucer
Zoomed 'round the earth one day.
They looked left and right,
But they didn't like the sight
So the fourth man zoomed away.
One spaceman in a flying saucer
Zoomed 'round the earth one day.
He looked left and right,
But he didn't like the sight
So the fifth man zoomed away.
NO spacemen in a flying saucer
Zoomed 'round the earth one day.
It looked left and right,
But it didn't like the sight
So it just zoomed away.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Math/Numbers/Reasoning
Topic: Numbers
Content: Mathematics
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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