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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme | Star Craft
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Alphabet > Letter S > Star (adapt the Starfish activities)

Bible >  Epiphany >
Biblical Magi > The Wise Men follow a Star
Mathew 2

Biographies > Mozart

Colors >
Yellow

Crafts >  Easy Shapes Star 

Music >
Mozart

Shapes > circle, triangles, ovals, crescent, star

Holidays and Events >
*Jan. 5 > Twelfth Night
*Jan. 6 > Epiphany
*Jan. 27 > Mozart's Birthday
*Dec. 25 > Christmas

Nursery Rhymes >
*Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
*Star Light Star Bright
Special

Outer space > Star

 

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Star Light Star Bright are probably two of the most known and loved nursery rhymes.  

Activity #1:   Music: Twinkle, Twinkle a Little bit of Mozart
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star's music was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the great composer and child prodigy.  
Visit this short presentation and music of Mozart for children.

Activity #2:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme and Music (Optional: Star Bright, Star Light)
*  Read and/or sing the nursery rhyme posters of your choice.  Make sure child understands the meaning of all the  words.   Identify colors in the picture.  Here is the music and longer version of the lyrics, enjoy and sing!

Note:  Children under 2 will benefit greatly from singing, using puppets, stuffed animals, and/or finger plays with nursery rhymes.

*Try to dress in something yellow for this activity.

Note:  At this point you can include a Bible reading and discussion related to star as it is represented during Christmas festivities, view links below.  Use Bible coloring pages as display resource.  

Activity #3:  Easy Shapes Star Craft
Tell the children they will make a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.   Have the children hold their finished star as they sing your choice of nursery rhyme.

Note:  If presenting this activity for a Christmas theme, present the significance of the star as it relates to the holiday.   

*  In this activity children will have fun practicing shapes: circle, triangle, crescent, oval
*  Print the template of your choice:  in color or black and white version on paper or card stock.  The black and white version can be printed on yellow paper.
*  Cut the pieces
*  Practice Numbers & Shapes:  Counting & Sorting
1. Ask and help child to identify the shapes.  
2. Count and sort the shapes by type. 
3. Write the number 1 - 5 on the back of the triangles and 6 & 7 on the circles, 8 on the crescent and 9 & 10 on the oval eyes.
 4. Colors:  Talk about the different shades of yellow (light or darker).
*  Children can color and decorate the pieces.  Encourage child to glue the template pieces to a piece of paper or to the large circle edges.  Allow child to see the small image provided on the template as a guideline.
Optional:  Children can add glitter glue or small pieces of tissue paper to embellish the star. 

* Note:  If assembled directly on the circle you can make a little hole and tie a ribbon or string to hang as a holiday ornament or glue a craft stick/Popsicle stick to make a hand puppet

*  To reinforce, read and sigh the rhyme again after the craft has been completed, and at  read at least once a day during the week using the rhyme poster and finished craft.

*  Place the finished craft in a place of honor at child's eye level.

Other activities & ideas:

Nursery Rhyme Coloring Pages:
Children can enjoy having the nursery rhyme read again during the week or at bedtime after a coloring activity.  The coloring page is available with text or no text in the materials column.

Christmas Holiday > Epiphany | Three Kings Day 

These two nursery rhymes and the star theme craft (The Star of Bethlehem) are appropriate to commemorate Epiphany > Twelfth Day > Relating to the Magi | Three Wise Men follow a Star (Matthew 2)

Read from a  toddler/ preschooler Bible storybook or adapt and simplify Bible text links here with related coloring pages.

Bible alphabet - W is for Wise men
Three Wise Men follow a star to visit Baby Jesus > Bible Link: Matthew 2
Coloring Pages Text   No Text

Print Easy Shapes Star Craft:
Color Version
Black & White

*Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
*color poster
*coloring page:
with text
no text

*Star Light Star Bright Rhyme Poster

Bible Coloring Pages:
*The First Christmas
Coloring Pages Text   No Text

*Three Wise Men Visit Baby Jesus
Coloring Pages Text   No Text

*Try to dress in something yellow today - both educator and children.

* white paper or card stock
* scissors
* glue
*something color with: crayon, markers

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