| Trace around star cookie cutters on thin
sponges and cut out the shapes. Let your children dip
the sponge shapes into white paint and press them on black
paper to make star prints. Have them sprinkle on salt
or glitter while the paint is still wet, if you wish.
Give your children star shapes cut out of poster board.
Invite them to tear gift-wrap or magazine pictures into
tiny pieces and glue them onto their stars for decorations.
After brushing on a final coat of glue, have them sprinkle
on salt or glitter. Then punch a hole in the top of each
star and tie on a yarn or ribbon hanger.
| Cut an extra-large star shape
out of heavy paper. With your children, count the number
of points on the star and label the shape with the numeral
5. Then have them work together to glue or tape sets of
five small items, such as cotton balls, paper clips, pompoms,
rubber bands, or stickers, onto the star.
WISH ON A STAR
Make a sparkly star shape for each of your children. Put
all the stars in a bag and have the children sit in a
circle. Let one child take a star from the bag while everyone
recites the rhyme below. Then ask the child to make a
wish on his or her star. Continue until everyone has had
Starlight, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.
| CREATIVE CONSTELLATIONS
Display and discuss pictures of simple constellations, such
as the Big Dipper. Give each of your children a piece of black
paper and several star stickers. Invite them to invent their
own constellations by arranging their stars on their papers
any way they wish and then joining the stars with a white crayon.
Encourage them to make up names for their constellations, if