Star Arts and Crafts

Star arts and crafts are great to tie in creativity with learning rhymes like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

We have several different star arts and craft activities depending on the age of your child.

Most of the activities can be done by your child with only a little help from you.

So don't feel like you have to do everything but the decorating, they will find the entire experience a lot of fun.

All these crafts give your little one a chance to shine and create one of a kind ornaments.

Their creations can be used as refrigerator art, Christmas tree ornaments or bulletin board art.

I still have a very special star Christmas tree ornament that my daughter made when she was a toddler and she has a toddler of her own today.

I can't wait till I can make star ornaments with my grandchildren this coming winter!

Star Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments have been around for ages.

This simple little recipe can cook up some fabulous fun and creativity.

Depending upon how many ornaments you want to make, you may want to double or halve the recipe.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Wax paper
  • Star shaped cookie cutters in various sizes
  • Mixing spoon
  • Water based paints
  • Glitter or glitter glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Emroidery thread in various colors
  • Child safe scissors
  • Cookie sheet

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Add the water and oil and mix till all dry items are now wet.

Knead the dough till it's a smooth texture.

If it's too sticky add a little flour and work it in. Just be careful to not add too much.

Once the dough is a smooth consistency and not sticky, place it on the wax paper.

Roll out the dough till it's about 1/4 -1/3 inch thick.

Use the star cookie cutters to cut out various size stars

Use the toothpick to put a hole in the end of one star arm big enough to thread the embroidery thread through later.

Place stars on the cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 1 -2 hours.

Check periodically so you don't burn them but do bake them till dry.

Allow the stars to cool before you handle them.

Your little one can now use the paints and glitter to decorate the stars.

Allow to dry and then have them put their name or intials with the date on the back.

Once they have completely dried, thread the embroidery thread through the hole and tie the ends.

Fantastic! One of a kind stars for your Christmas tree or other plants or fixtures that could use a little twinkle!

Paper Stars

Paper stars can be made from virtually any kind of paper.

But to have them last for years, we suggest you use cardboard, cardstock, heavy construction paper or other sturdier paper stock.

Here's a few things you'll need on hand:

  • Cardstock, cardboard, construction paper any color
  • Pencil or pen
  • Child safe scissors
  • Star shaped cookie cutters or other star shaped pattern
  • Colored markers or paints
  • Single hole punch
  • Colored string, embroidery thread or thin yarn
  • Glitter or glitter glue
  • Glue
  • Other craft decor like beads, feathers, macaroni, etc

Use the cookie cutters or pattern to draw stars onto the paperstock you have selected.

Cut the stars out of the paperstock.

Use the hole punch to put a hole in one arm of the star.

Decorate with any combination of the arts and craft items you have on hand.

Thread the string, thread or yarn through the hole in the star and tie off the ends.

Be sure your little ones put their names and the date somewhere on their delightful works of art!

Check out these other fun craft activities!

Make A Lamb - from Baa Baa Black Sheep to Mary Had A Little Lamb!

Old King Cole's Crown - Make a crown fit for a king!

Spider Web Activities - Lots of creative spider webs for Miss Muffet!

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Do you have a great game or craft that you do with nursery rhymes?

Children love to play as they learn! Whether that's clapping to the rhythym of the verse, acting out the characters, playing games or creating great artwork!

We would love to hear about games, arts and crafts, fingerplays, anything that you do with your special little one to make nursery rhymes a fun interactive learning activity.

We know our mom's and grandma's have great ways to entertain while teaching their children and grandchildren.

Please share with us those fun learning experiences.

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