We’ve been having a lot of fun with shapes around here and I’m really surprised at all the non-basic shapes Chipmunk is now able to recognize. For example, we were looking through the Love Heart Learning – Shapes ebook (I grabbed it while it was free, don’t spend $5 on it!) and she knew trapezoid! Impressive.
This week, we focused in on stars. One of the day care kids has a Twilight Sea Turtle and she brought it in for us all to look at the stars. It was a lot of fun except one of the kids hated turning out the lights, so we couldn’t play with it for too long.
I love how the little stars really sparkle in this book!
Our Week’s Activities
Songs: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Crafts: Masking Tape Star, Watercolor Resist Star
Family Activity: Looking at the stars in the backyard
Masking Tape Star
What You Need:
Star Pattern Printable (PDF format)
Paint and brush
What You Do:
Show the toddler (or baby) the star and ask them if they know what it is. Tell them you’ll be painting the star today. As you put masking tape over the lines on the star, ask them where stars live. You could even sing Twinkle Twinkle while you work. (Don’t like singing? Check out Freegal — a service provided through your local library where you can get thousands of songs free!!!)
Once the star is all taped up, let your child paint away! Once they are done painting, remove the masking tape (slowly!). I found that if you take the tape off while the paint is still wet, it doesn’t rip the paper as much. Your lines might not be quite as straight, but that’s okay!
Watercolor Resist Star
This activity is great for even the littlest of hands!
What You Need:
Water Colors and brush
What You Do:
Before child comes to the craft table, color in the star with white crayon. My resist didn’t come through very strongly, so make sure you color in with bold lines and fill in all the space. Introduce the shape to your child and talk about stars you’ve seen lately.
Allow your child to paint with watercolors. The paint should resist the white crayon and only go on the outside of the star. Watercolor is a great low-mess paint, so even older infants can participate in this craft. Take a look!
These kids are stars in my book, that’s for sure!
What about You?
What are some fun ways you teach your preschooler about stars?
Free Shape Ebooks and Apps (I don’t know how good these are!)
- Colors, Shapes and Numbers (Learning for Active Minds)
- Shapes (this is actually an app, but reads like a book)
- Toddler Shape Flashcards Free
Stay tuned next week for another star activity!
About the Author
Lindsey Whitney is a blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry. A blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook.