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SHINING STARS

SPONGE-PRINT STARS
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.
   
STAR ORNAMENTS
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.

STAR COUNTER

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 a turn.

Starlight, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Traditional

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 they wish.