Whether your theme is patriotic, constellation, holiday, or achievement, stars are the perfect symbol to use in your classroom. It’s iconic shape has been recognized for centuries and so fun to make as a project. Here are a few star crafts to make with your students.
Paper Web Star
This star is made with colorful construction paper and has a dimensional look.
You will need:
- ½ to ¾ inch strips of paper in these lengths: 6-inch, 7-inch, and 8-inch
- Hole punch
- Yarn or fishing wire for hanging
- Prepare the strips using three colors of paper. Each star will require 15 strips (5 of each length/color).
- Make strip packets – 2 purple together, then 2 green over the purple, and last 2 orange together. Staple these packets together. You will need three of these packets. Note: the children can pick the three colors of their choice or use the colors that match a holiday or celebration.
- Staple the strips together at each point (see sample), with the longest strips inside the star and the shortest strips on the outside.
- Punch a hole through the top packet of strips.
- Attach a yarn or fishing wire hanger. You could also open a large paper clip to make a hanger.
Craft Stick Stars
Wooden sticks have been used for decades to make star crafts and other shapes. They are sturdy and can be used for any celebration.
You will need:
- Starfire – 4 sticks
- Double triangle star – 6 sticks
- Heavy-duty glue or a low-temperature glue gun
- Tempera or acrylic paints/ paintbrush
- Glitter, sequins, or other baubles
- Follow the design in the photo and glue the sticks together with glue.
- When dry, paint the sticks.
- Use glitter or glue on baubles to decorate the stars according to the theme you are studying.
- Here’s another way to make craft stick stars — a five–pointed star.
Why not freshen up the classroom with Cinnamon Stick Stars?
Your students will enjoy cutting out quilt pieces from a variety of paper or fabric and piecing a patchwork quilt star.
You will need:
- Poster board template
- A variety of paper (scrapbook pages, gift wrap, foils, etc.) or fabrics
- Hole punch
- Yarn or fishing wire for a hanger
- The teacher can make a cardboard template and allow each child to trace around the star onto poster board. Cut out this star.
- Then, use a template for each section of the star to trace onto paper or fabric. You will need 8 points. Cut out these pieces.
- Fit the pieces together onto the star in a quilt-like pattern. Glue then down on the poster board star.
- Punch a hole at the top of the star and use yarn or fishing wire as the hanger.
Good Deed Star Comets
Use these paper comets as communication stars that can be placed onto a paper tree, or outer space bulletin board. You can use these comets to reward children of their efforts in the classroom or things they do at home. Have the kids write their name on the star along with a good deed they have accomplished (such as “I helped my teacher clean the classroom" or “I helped wash the dishes at home"). Then, they can attach the comet to the tree or bulletin board for all to see. Teachers can duplicate these star comets and present this activity weekly until the tree or board is filled. You will see star power in full force as the children take joy in doing good deeds for other people.
Bubble Wrap Star
Bubble wrap is common and found in most recycle bins. It’s a fun material to create art. Hand out heavy-duty white construction paper or card stock and have your students trace a large star via a cardboard template. Take several colors (ones that are appropriate to your theme) in tempera or acrylic paint and brush these randomly on a piece of bubble wrap. Immediately press the paint side down on the paper star to make a glorious print. When dry, have the kids cut out the shape. Use these stars to decorate the classroom.
For more star crafts and activities, check out these articles on Bright Hub Education
Classroom experience as an early childhood teacher
Copycat Magazine, Nov/Dec 1998, Holiday Stars
Our Kid Things, Bubble Wrap Starfish Craft (adapted)
Photos courtesy of Tania Cowling, all rights reserved
Star graphic courtesy of Pixabay.com