Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Star Preschool Lesson Plans


Art 

Fingerprint Constellations
Have the children make orange fingerprints on a piece of paper. Use a non-toxic ink pad. Show the children how to use one finger at a time. Have the children connect the fingerprints with a pen, then name their constellation.

Sun Art - (the sun is a star)
Have children paint a paper plate yellow. When dry, the children can add facial features with a marker. You may even glue yellow strips of paper around the edges for rays. 

Sticker Stars
Have the children place star stickers on a piece of black paper. 

Night Art
Have children draw a picture on black paper with chalk or white crayons. 

Create a Constellation
Have the children place star stickers on a piece of black paper. Have the children connect the stars with a white crayon. 

Sun Masks
Have children paint a paper plate yellow. Then cut out holes for eyes, and glue a popsicle stick on the back of the plate. 

Marshmallow Constellation
Have children create 3-d constellaions with marshmallows and toothpicks.

Stamping Stars 
Provide the children with star stamps. Have the child press the stamp on a non-toxic ink pad and press onto a piece of paper. (Silver or white ink will look very neeto on black or dark blue paper)

Star Sponges 
Provide the children with star shaped sponges. Have the child dip the sponge in non-toxic paint and press onto a piece of paper. (Silver or white paint will look very neeto on black or dark blue paper)

Decorate a Star
You can either have the children decorate a pre-cut star or they can decorate paper and cut out the star shape. Have your child decorate the star using: 
Glitter, Crayons, Pens, Colored Pencils, Markers, Paint, Lace, String, Yarn, Ribbon, Paper Doilys, Tissue Paper, Torn Paper, star Shaped Paper, The Holes from a hole punch, Stickers, Sand, Twine, Old Puzzle Pieces, Buttons, Colored Glue, Colored Tape, Chalk, Wet Chalk, Wrapping Paper, Stamps, Aluminum Foil, Heart Shaped Confetti, Glue on Candy Confections, star Shaped Sponge Painting, Pasta or rice colored with food coloring. 

Glue Stars
Place glue on a piece of paper in a star shape. Have the children place glitter, colored rice or koolaid on the glue. 

Popsicle Heart Frame
Have the children glue four popsicle sticks together to form a rectangle. Add star foam accents or decorate as desired. 

Eggshell Stars
Use food coloring to color crushed eggshells. Use a few different colors. (You can use eggshells from eggs you have used. There is no need to hard boil these egg shells.) Let your child glue the eggshells to a star shaped piece a paper, after the dye has dried. 

Star People 
Give the children a piece of white paper, and a star shape. Have the children glue the star shape onto the paper, and then draw a body as if the star was a head.

Star Headbands
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. have the child decorate one to three star shapes, then glue or staple the stars to the headband.

Sun Catcher Stars
Supply each child with a star-shaped piece of contact paper and many tissue paper squares of different colors. Have the children place the squares on the contact paper. Then trim the star and hang it in a window.

Tie Died Stars
Supply each child with a white construction paper star and many pieces of tissue paper that will bleed when wet. Have the child place the tissue paper on the star, then have them paint the paper with water, just enough to get it wet with no standing water. Then allow to dry. When dry remove the paper.

Star Shaped Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. 

Star Spray Paint Art:
Obtain a few clean spray bottles. Add water and a little bit of liquid or powdered tempera. Then, place a large piece of star-shaped paper on an easel, and have the children spray the colored water onto the star-shaped paper.

Star Punch Collage
Use a star punch to make many different colored stars for the children to glue to different colors of construction paper. We punched wall paper and construction paper. 

Star-Shaped Balloon Prints
In a pie tin, place three to five teaspoon sized portions of different colored pastel tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful. Cut out the paper into a star shape.

Contact Paper Art
You will need a picture of a star. Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper. 

Cotton Stars
Place glue on a piece of paper in a star shape. Have the children place cotton balls on the glue. 

Wooden Stars
Have the children decorate a wooden star shape with felt or paint. 

Star Rubbings 
Cut star shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these stars to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the stars and rub a crayon over the star. 

Shaving Cream Art 
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white star shaped piece of paper. 

Star Shaped Potato Prints 
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a star shaped cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a star shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly. 

Star Necklaces 
Supply the children with star shaped beads and yarn. You child also have the children cut out star shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn. 

Star Shaped Marble Art
First you need a large plastic container with a lid. (I used a shallow peanut butter container.) Next cut out paper that will fit in the lid of the container in the shape of a star. Place a few drops of paint into the container with a few marbles (be sure to observe carefully as marbles are a choking hazzard) then place a very small amount of paint on the lid and pre-cut paper on the paint. (I use the paint to make the paper stick to the lid.) Place the lid on the container, flip and have the children shake. When finished, remove paper and allow to dry, and place a clean piece of paper in the lid for the next child.

Star Shaped Bubble Art
Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of star shaped paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints.

Torn Paper Art
Draw a star shape on a piece of paper. Provide the children with paper to tear and glue onto the star shape. 

Math/Science/Games 

Lacing Cards
Cut colored posterboard into a star shape and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 

Stamping Patterns
Use star shaped rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the patterm on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.


Star Match
Cut out many different stars from different colors. Have the children find the matching star. 

Star Match Up 
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups: 

Cut out star shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child one star. Ask the children to find one person with the same color star. 

Cut out star shapes from different colors of paper. Cut the stars in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a star, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the star pieces are distributed. 

Cut out star shapes from one color of paper. Cut the stars in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Give each child one half of a star, and ask them to find the person with the other half. Or Give the children two pieces and have the children make a circle, with one child that has one match on one side and the other match on the other side. You may end up with 2 or more circles depending on how the star pieces are distributed. 

Cut the star shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of stars with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the stars with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one star and have them find the child with their match. 

Cut the star shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers on two stars. Give each child one star and have them find the child with their match. 

Cut the star shapes from one color of paper. Cut the stars in half using a puzzle type cut, like zig zag or interlocking pieces. Place matching stickers on each half of a star. Give each child one star half and have them find the child with their match. 

Place matching star stickers on separate index cards. Give each child a card and ask them to find the child with their match. 

Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the star to the file folder and laminate it's match.

Bean Bag Toss 
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut One or two star shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the star shaped holes. 

Star Hop 
Cut out large star shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one star to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time. 

Star Hide and Seek 
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a star in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the star, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the star. 

Star Hide and Seek 
Play the game the same as above, except hide the star. Then tell the children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the relation of the star. Allow the other children to have a change to hide the star, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game. 

Star Fishing Game 
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized stars from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each star. Spread the star shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the stars. Have them try to catch the red star.. or the biggest star. For a twist, label the stars with letters or numbers. Ask the children to catch a specific star, or ask them which star they caught

Star Card Match 
Remove the star card from a deck of old playing cards. Cut the cards in half so one number or letter is on each half. Ask the children to pick one card, then find it's other half. 

Star Shaped Games 
The following games require you to cut out many different star shapes from construction paper. You may choose to laminate these stars so they last longer. 

Star Sizing 
Cut out many different sized stars. Ask the children to line up the stars from largest to smallest. 

Star Numbers 
Cut out ten star shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the stars from one to ten. 

Star Colors 
Ask the children to sort the stars by color. 

Star Sort 
Ask the children to sort the stars by size. 

Star Bubbles
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Bend a red coat hanger in the shape of a star to use as a bubble maker.

Streamers
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Make a streamers with red ribbon, streamer or a plastic lei and a popsicle stick. Have the children dance and move with the streamer.

Stars and Moons Sort
Have the children sort stars and moons. You can buy plastic store bought stars and moons, or make your own out of construction paper. 

Constellation Fun
YOu can create constellations by poling holes in construction paper, then place the paper over the end of a flash light. 

Constellation Fun 2
Use a nail to pole holes in the end of a Pringles can to create a constellation viewer. Children can view the constellation by looking into the Pringles can. 

Connect Four
You can place star stickers on the piece of a "Connect Four" game. Play the game according to the traditional rules.

Songs and Group Time 

Flashlight Fun
Have the children bring in flashlights. Turn off the lights and let them shine their flashlights. 

Reach for the Stars
Have the children pretend to catch stars. Ask them how many stars they caught. 

Decorations
Decorate the room with glow in the dark stars and moons. 

Rooster Calls
Have the children make rooster calls. Explain that roosters usually call out in the morning, when the sun rises. 

Mister Sun
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, (Place hands over head to form sun) Please shine down on me. (Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,(Place hands over head to form sun) Hiding behind the tree. (Place hands over eyes) These little children are asking you, (Points to children) To please come out so we can play with you. (I don't know sign) Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,(Place hands over head to form sun) Please shine down on,(Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) Won't you shine down on,(Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) Please shine down on me.(Point at self) 

Star Light, Star Bright
Star Light, Star Bright First star I see tonight, Wish I may, Wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight.

Star Hop 
Cut out large star shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one star to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.

Star Bowling
Obtain 10 half gallon milk cartons, or 2 liter bottles. Fill the bottles about 1/8 full with water and seal the lid. Then, decorate the bottles with stars. Set the bottles up like they were bowling pins and have the children roll a ball to try to knock them over. If they don't knock over easily, remove some of the water.

Twinkle Twinkle
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the clouds
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Star Light
Star Light Star Bright
Wish I may, Wish I might 
The first star I see tonight
I wish ......

Star Light Bulletin Board
Write the poem above on a piece of paper. 
Ask the children to finish the poem with their own wish. 
Record their answer on a strip of paper or on a star shaped piece of paper. Flip the strip over and write their names on the other side. 
Place the poem and the responses on the bulletin board.

When You Wish Upon A Star
Listen to this Disney tune.

Star Clean Up 
Assign members to each team, making it pretty fair to the amount of mess in each area. Make star shaped necklaces with the names of the areas to be cleaned on them and pictures. Have the children sit down on our carpet and tell them what to clean and give them a necklace. Like Dramatic Play, blocks, small toys, art, puzzles.. etc. Then they would race against each other and whatever team was done and all sitting on the carpet first would win. 

Stars Song - by chicky
Sung to Mary Had a Little Lamb
Stars are shining in the sky
in the sky, in the sky
Stars are shining in the sky
Way way up so high.

Telescope
Pretend that a paper towel tube is a telescope. Use the telescope to check out the stars.

Paper Plate Solar System
Used different sized paper plate to represent each of the planets in our solar system and our sun. Have each child decorate one, or have teams decorate each plate. Talk about how Mars is the red planet, how the Earth is blue and green, the sun appears yellow. Display in the room from the ceiling, hanging the planets in order, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. 

Just for clarification, Pluto is no longer considered a planet, but now has a new classification of dwarf planet. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14489259/

Space Memory
Find identical space shape sticker, or use space shaped sponges to create memory cards.

Pretend to be on the Moon

On the moon we would feel much lighter. Have the children dance around and pretend that they are floating through the air. 

Rocket Ship
by chicky
sung to "The More We Get Together"
If I could be a rocket, a rocket, a rocket
If I could be a rocket I'd fly up so high
To Mars and to Venus
to Saturn and Pluto
If I could be a rocket I'd fly up so high.

Snack Ideas
Jello in the shape of Stars and Moons
Cookies shaped like stars and moons
circle cookies and crackers - moons or suns

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