This week we did a fun fine motor craft to explore stars! Ever since my first-born was able to see the stars in the sky, he was hooked. He’s loved them ever since. In fact one of his first words was “star” (which he pronounced “gar” for awhile) and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was the first song he had memorized. We are now finding that Little Bro has the same love for stars. He is also constantly singing the song and makes us all join in singing with him… “Weenole, weenole, widdle, dar,” he sings. Such a fun time. So this star fine motor craft is just perfect for them. They got to practice fine motor skills in a fun way, create something pretty, AND make it light up. Things that glow are always a hit around here!
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This post is a part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Come on over and join us in the facebook group where there are many activities to go along with weekly books and themes. This week the theme is night/sleep and the featured book is Time for Bed by Mem Fox. This story is so sweet as all the animals are getting ready for bed. My toddler LOVES animals so this book is just perfect for him. All throughout the story we see stars in the night sky illustrations, and at the end it mentions the stars shining bright before they say goodnight. So we were excited to make our shining stars to light our night!
Star Fine Motor Craft:
This craft is easily customize to go with the seasons or different holidays. It would make a cute Halloween decoration or pretty Christmas stars craft. Just add different stickers or paint it differently to make it your own!
- Foam cup (we used 8 ounce cups)
- small glow stick (the bracelets work well) or a flameless tea light
- black paint and paintbrush
- star stickers (optional)
First, we painted the foam cup with the black paint. An easy way to hold the cup still while painting, is to put it on our fist while painting. This kept the cup still without getting messy fingers. Otherwise, we put the cup down on a paper towel while painting to contain and paint.
Next we let dry completely. Applying another coat of paint is recommended (the end result looks best if the cup is completely covered). Big Bro didn’t want to apply another coat and I didn’t force it. He liked his how it was.
After the second coat of paint was dry we added star stickers. This is optional, but makes it look “starry” when it’s light. Plus, peeling and sticking is good fine motor practice.
Now for the fine motor fun! Using a tooth pick, we poked holes in the foam cup. Each hole is a “star” when lit. This took my preschooler hardly any time. My toddler thought it was a lot of fun and was actually very focused on it.
Next, we took an activated glow stick, curled it up, and put it in the bottom of the cup. The color the glow stick is, is the color the stars will be. This photo shows blue, but we also used yellow.
Last, we turned it upside down and turned the lights off. Voila! Stars in a cup!
And that’s it! Super simple, glowing stars that doubles as a fine motor craft! Big Bro brought it into his room to use as a night-light the night we made it. So sweet.
We also tried a flameless tealight instead of a glow stick. The way it flickers makes the stars look like they’re twinkling!
There are so many great night and sleep themed books! Here are a few of our favorites:
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