Have a dance party to this “stellar” playlist!
- Blast Off – Imagination Movers
- Rocketship Run – The Laurie Berkner Band
- My Ride from Outer Space – Danny Jacob
- Zoom a Little Zoom – Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans
- Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
- When You Wish Upon a Star – Disney
Here are two “starry” finger plays to do with your little ones!
(optional: place star stickers on fingertips)
One little star came out tonight,
It twinkled and twinkled with all of its might.
Two little stars came out tonight,
They twinkled and twinkled with all of their might.
(Continue with: three, four & five little stars. End with the children all holding up their hands and wiggling them.)
Thousands of stars came out tonight, Twinkling, and twinkling a beautiful sight!
By Jean Warren
A TINY LITTLE STAR
There’s a tiny little star way up in the sky.
(raise fist high)
A tiny little star, Up so very high.
(raise fist even higher)
She twinkles brightly through the night.
(open fist and wiggle fingers)
But during the day she’s out of sight.
(hide hands behind back)
By Jean Warren
Create Sticker Star Constellations Together!
Materials: star stickers, white crayon, black construction paper
Have your child place star stickers anywhere on the black construction paper. Next, have them take the white crayon and connect the stars to make constellations.
Make Magic Star Wands:
Materials: Yellow cardstock or construction paper, glue, glitter, Popsicle stick
Cut out a star from your yellow paper and glue glitter all over the star’s surface. Glue or tape a Popsicle stick to the star to create a wand.
Build a House for a Special Star:
In Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, each star sleeps in his or her own little house that looks much like a bird house. Make a house for one of the stars with your little one!
Materials: bird house, paint, paintbrushes, other decorative supplies as desired
Purchase a traditional wood birdhouse from your local craft store. Have your child paint and decorate the house for a special star to sleep in.
Grab your friends and play this flashlight version of “Hide-and-Go-Seek.”
“It” counts as the players hide in the dark. “It” searches for the players with a flashlight. When one of the players is found, he or she becomes the new “It” with the flashlight and searches for the other players.
DIY Light Play:
Light exploration is extremely beneficial to a little one’s development. Here are a couple websites with different light play activities to engage your child.
Lava Lamp Sensory Bags: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/09/lave-lamp-sensory-bags.html
Use pretzels and mini marshmallows to create different star constellations! Recreate actual constellations or create and name your own.
Eat the Moon
Spread peanut butter or cream cheese on a large rice cake. Let your little one place banana slices and Cheerios on top for the craters.
Fruit Rocket Kabobs
Use a variety of fruits to create a rocket on a skewer. (Recommendation: Use the top of a strawberry or a fruit cut in the shape of a triangle as the top of the rocket.) For the end of the rocket, use a piece of fruit (such as a piece of pineapple) and cut it in the shape of an isosceles trapezoid.