Provide construction paper stars and invite students to decorate them with crayons, markers, sequins, Styrofoam shapes or fabric scraps. Tape or staple the "stars" to drinking straws or long pencils.
Distribute copies of the Color and Count the Stars paper. There are stars of different sizes and stars upon stars to give students a different perspective.
Have available black construction paper and packages, or sheets, of star stickers. Encourage students to use the stickers and the paper to compose their own pictures of the night sky. Some students may wish to add the outline of buildings or trees.
Distribute copies of the Find the Star Shapes paper. Encourage students to talk about the pictures and what they notice in each one.
Provide stars cut from different colored paper that are all the same size and ask students to fit them together so that there are no spaces. Encourage them to learn the word - tessellate - they will love the sound as it rolls off their tongues!
Mix up some Star Paint: Mix 1/4 cup liquid starch, 1/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons tempera paint, 1 cup of salt.
Use this 'paint' to color star shapes and paste onto pictures, or use star-shaped sponges to make prints on paper. (Hint: you will need to stir the mixture often during the activity.)