We just started up a co-op preschool with a few friends. There are four kids in the group (including my 3-year-old) that are between 2-3 years old. I am hosting each week during December. Last week we did Christmas tree themed activities and this week we focused on the Christmas Story and a star theme. We are also hosting our A Very Toddler Christmas series right now! Yesterday we made candy cane collages and the day before we made handprint and footprint reindeer. We have been having so much fun!
I have hundreds of craft sticks and sequins, so I decided to put together a quick sparkly star craft activity for my class to do today! The kids loved getting to paint and use sequins!
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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR SPARKLY STAR CRAFT:
- hot glue gun
- craft sticks (5 craft sticks per kid)
- white glue
- yellow washable paint
- paint brushes
- thin ribbon
DIRECTIONS FOR SPARKLY STAR CRAFT:
Ahead of time you'll need to prep the stars. I used my hot glue gun and built the stars (above) using five craft sticks per child. As you put them together you can play around with the angles to get the stars looking how you want them to look.
Next (once the glue cools), paint the stars using a paint brush and yellow washable paint.
After that let the paint dry and then add white glue! Cover the glue with your favorite embellishments. We love sequins and buttons and jewels.
Let the glue and embellishments dry.
Finally, snip some ribbon and hot glue a little loop of ribbon to the back of the star so that you can hang it! These are fun to hang around the house or put on your Christmas tree!
My preschoolers loved this activity and were so excited to show the finished product to their moms when they picked them up at the end of the day!
I put the stars on paper plates to dry so that when I sent them home with kids they didn't get paint all over their cars or hands.
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Along with making stars we read the book The Story of Christmas by Patricia A Pingry and we talked about the star that was in the sky the night that Baby Jesus was born.
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We also pin Christmas ideas daily over on our Christmas Pinterest board if you get bored and need new ideas!