If you have been following our holiday craft posts you will know that I asked my husband to cut a bunch of sticks to use for a craft project. That craft project failed, but I did save some of the sticks. After reading The North Star by Peter Reynolds, The Star-Child. A Fairy Tale by Oscar Wilde and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star we were inspired to use the sticks to make our own Star Ornaments.
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Star Ornaments Craft Materials:
- Polymer Clay
- Sticks 2″ long
- Glitter (optional)
- Glue (optional for glitter)
- Florist Wire or String
We love hiding skill building and lessons into all of our activities. The skills that we worked on while making our Star Ornaments are finger isolation and the pincer grip (fine motor). The pincer grip is key in handwriting so it’s an important skill to practice. The other skills that we added in are connecting to literature and thinking about others (perspective taking).
Star Ornaments Craft Instructions:
- Paint the sticks. We put the painted sticks into a slab of the clay which gave them a nice place to dry while reinforcing the use of a pincer grip.
- Now it’s time to add the glitter. There are 3 different techniques you can use: A) Don’t use the glitter. I know there are some glitter haters out there. If you are one of them just skip this step. B) Sprinkle the glitter over the wet paint and allow to dry. Or C) Let the painted sticks dry. Mix glitter and glue together and either dip the sticks into the glittery glue or paint the glittery glue onto the sticks. Allow time to dry.
- Make a small ball out of the polymer clay. You can dip the clay ball into glitter if you like.
- Poke the florist wire or string through the ball to make a loop to use to hang the ornament.
- Poke the sticks into the ball. Allow time to dry.
- Hang up and enjoy!
Connecting making Star Ornaments with Literature:
The North Star is a book about exploration and journeys. “It is often said that life is a journey, and it’s true. But sometimes it’s hard to know which path to follow when signs point in so many directions. In this beautifully illustrated book, Peter H. Reynolds once again encourages readers to observe, to wonder, and to consider diverging from the well-worn path — to pursue their dreams.”
Read the book with the children and while you are making the Star Ornament talk about places they want to go (a literal journey) and goals that they want to achieve (what their dreams and aspirations are). Talk about the challenges that the boy faced and how he handled those challenges. The publisher, Fable Vision Learning, also has resources available to you.
The Star Child is one of our beloved stories. Our favorite preschool teacher has the children act out the story every December. It is a story of a selfish child who learns the beauty of giving and being selfless. Have your kids act out the story. While making the Star Ornament have the children think of ways that they can be giving during the holiday season. How does it feel to give to others?
Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star by Petr Horacek is a book about wishes. Suzy Goose feels like her tree is not complete unless it has a star on top so she goes to find one. It’s a fun book with plenty of fun sounds and prose that keep the kids involved in the story. While you read have the kids help make the sounds. While you make the Star Ornament have the kids talk about what they wish for.
You can also make a glittery Christmas star suncatcher to go with the story Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star.
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