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Create Starry Art

Provide materials for children to make starry art:

  • Sponge Stars. Paint with star-shaped sponges.
  • Starry Sky Drawings. Draw stars with crayons, then paint over with thin wash of black or dark blue. Crayoned areas will "resist" the paint and glow.
  • Put Your Name in the Stars. Connect the dots (tiny gold stars) to make your name.

Students, depending on their level, can trace their names with the beginning and ending of each letter marked with gold stars; or they might write their names and stick stars on the beginning and ending of each letter. Older students can begin with a blank paper.

Add a math connection: students sort the star names by number of stars, number of letters

Play "starry" music as students work. Display their artwork in and around the classroom.



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.


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