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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has it all

 star activities for pre-schoolers
The Starry Night Oil on canvas by Vincent van Gogh
     Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
     How I wonder what you are.
     Up above the world so high,
     Like a diamond in the sky.


Have you ever wondered why this is the universally loved child's song?
It has everything going for it:
  • Fine motor skills of the twinkling fingers that the very young can do
  • Large motor skills as we move our arms up high
  • Simple language that rhymes which makes it simple to say and remember
  • A catchy tune that helps us develop language even when we are too young to talk by listening and remembering what to do next
  • It develops hand and eye coordination
  • It is about the loveliest thing in nature that has captivated us over the centuries - a twinkling star
  • The symbolic symmetrical shape of the star
  • It has a second verse for those wanting to learn it  (and a 3rd, 4th and 5th!)
     When the blazing sun is gone,
     When he nothing shines upon,
     Then you show your little light,
     Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

     Then the traveller in the dark,
     Thanks you for your tiny spark,
     He could not see which way to go,
     If you did not twinkle so.

     In the dark blue sky you keep,
     And often through my curtains peep,
     For you never shut your eye,
     Till the sun is in the sky.

     As your bright and tiny spark,
     Lights the traveller in the dark.
     Though I know not what you are,
     Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

These verses were written before 1806  by Jane Taylor and first published as a poem with the title "The Star" by sisters Ann and Jane Taylor in Rhymes for the Nursery in London in 1806.


Star activities:

star activities for toddlers
Children colour, paint or collage a large pre drawn star.
Star stickers can be placed on a blue painted background.
Decorate with felt or paper star shapes
Draw a giant star on the ground or chalkboard for children to draw in

star activities for pre-schoolers
Go outside on a starry night and do some star gazing

star activities for pre-schoolers
Make star shape cookies

star activities for pre-schoolers
Use the star cutters in the playdough or clay
star activities for pre-schoolers
Paper plate from Motherly Loving

star activities for pre-schoolers

Read about the universe in Our Stars by Anne Rockwell
with simple text and bright illustrations

star activities for pre-schoolers

There are quite a few books with illustrations of the poem including:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
by Kate Toms (from cover above) mice con­tem­plate their place in the uni­verse
by Rosemary Wells - a board book with rabbits
by Sylvia Long - with English animals like badgers and blackbirds
by Iza Trapani
And Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes by Sanja Rescek

star activities for pre-schoolers
Starry Night Over the Rhone Oil on canvas by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)




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Love this!
~Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH

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