You don’t have to plan an extravagant, time-consuming night sky and star activity for your child to demonstrate her out-of-this-world creativity. Cut and paste activities offer a simple, economical, kid-friendly option without a huge mess for you to clean up. This art method can still end with a finished product that she’s proud of and a space-traveling story to go with it.
A star activity isn’t complete without some sparkle. If you draw several different sized stars on a piece of yellow or white paper, your child can decorate the stars with colored glitter glue. Once dry, let her cut the sparkly stars out. She can paste these on a piece of card stock or poster board. She can add sticky-backed plastic stars, star stickers or star sequins to the poster for an extra touch. Hang this glitter poster on her wall when she’s done.
An outer worldly activity such as this doesn’t have to be within the realm of our own solar system. Offer your child several colors of construction paper. Encourage her to cut out planet shapes and stars to create her very own galaxy. Once she has created her planetary system, let her paste it onto an unfolded cardboard box wherever she sees fit. Have her finish it off by naming each planet. She can even tell you a story about who lives there and where it is located in the night sky.
A star-shaped sponge and some glow-in-the-dark paint can help your kiddo create a secret night sky that can only be truly appreciated at night. Once she has stamped the star sponge and non-toxic paint all over some thin cardboard, let the paint dry and then cut the star shapes out. Some masking tape loops can make the stars stick to her bedroom wall and ceiling. When the lights are turned out for the night, she can lie back and gaze at her own starry night.
You can tie in a lesson on star constellations during a cut and paste activity. You can help your child find the constellation that matches her astrological sign, such as Virgo or Aries, or any one that catches her eye, like Orion or the Big Dipper. On a large piece of black construction paper, place a small "x" with a pencil to indicate where each star is located in the constellation. You should then draw several stars on some white paper. Instruct your child to cut them out and glue them on the x’s with a glue stick. If you make your own astrological constellation, the two of you can compare them.