Preschool Star Theme



Book List

Wemberly's Ice-Cream Star - Kevin Henkes
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Jeanette Winter
A Star Named Little One - Amanda J. Dukovich
Star, Little Star - Lonnie George
Who Made the Stars? - Joan Marie Joseph



Songs & Fingerplays

Traveling Stars

Show your children a number of five-pointed stars cut from construction paper or felt. Help them count the points on the stars and describe the shapes in other ways. Give a star to one child in the circle and have the children pass the star around the circle as they say the following rhyme. Let the child holding the star at the rhyme's end keep it to take home. Hand another star to the next child in the circle and begin again. Continue until each child has a star.

Traveling Star:

We see five points on this star,
Pretty star, pretty star, will you go far.

In and Out

Display a large paper star so that one point is at the top. Ask your children to notice the shape's five points and five indentations. Put your finger on the top point. As you sing the song that follows, slide your finger along the point. Continue moving your finger around the star as you sing the song. Then give a paper star to each of your children. Have them use their fingers to trace the star's shape while they sing with you.

The Points Go In and Out - sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

The points go in and out.
The points go in and out.
In and out and in and out,
The points go in and out

Sorting Stars

Collect two shallow boxes. Draw or paste stars on one box, and leave the other one plain. Cut out an assortment of paper shapes that include many stars, along with a few other shapes, and put them in a bag. (You will need at least one paper shape for each child in your group.) Put the boxes in the center of the circle, Pass the bag around the circle. Let each of your children in turn reach into the bag and pull out a shape. Let the children examine their shapes. If their shapes are stars, have them put them in the star-adorned box. If they are not stars, have them put them into the plain box. As the children sort their shapes, sing the following song.

Star Shapes - sung to "Skip to My Lou"

Toby's shape is a star,
Toby's shape is a star,
Toby's shape is a star,
His shape is a star.

Ashley's shape is not a star,
Ashley's shape is not a star,
Ashley's shape is not a star,
Her shape is not a star.



Arts & Crafts

Decorate A Star

Provide each child with a large tagboard star-shaped cutout (or have them cut it out themselves). Provide whatever materials you'd like and allow the children to decorate their stars. Some ideas would be markers, paint, glitter, stickers. If you'd like attach a wide popsicle stick with tape to the star to use as a wand.



Theme Ideas

I’m a Star!

Show your children a five-pointed star shape. Discuss how they might cooperate to make a star shape using their bodies. Select ten children and help them form a star shape while they lie on the floor. Have a camera ready to record the moment. Repeat the activity until each child has participated in a "starring" role.



Links to other Star Theme sites!

Star Shape - First School
Star Theme - Preschool By Stormie
Star Pattern - Under 5's




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