How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers


We love Oliver Jeffers and this is one of our favourites with it’s whimsical sense of adventure and wonderful artwork.    So it’s fair to say I was at least very excited for this week, the kids loved it too.  There were so many activities that we could have probably spent a month happily exploring all of the possibilities so I’m sure we’ll  come back to it time and time again.


Tissue Paper Resist Art Chickpea (4) and Monkey (2)


This was one of my favourites and I’ll use it again for other activities because it’s so easy with such beautiful results!  I used this tutorial for Tissue Paper Resist Art from the Imagination Tree.  I just adjusted it for a starry night theme instead and asked Chickpea (4) which colours we should use for the night sky, looking at the artwork in the book for inspiration.

Both of them were able to tear the tissue paper up, cover the stars with it and paint with water over the top. It was interesting to see how much water was needed to soak the paper and watch the colours bleed into each other. Science done for the day! Tick.


This was also fun, and who doesn’t love playdough!  I tried this recipe for galaxy playdough -but it seems we needed a heck of a lot more glitter and black food colouring to make it look that great, the kids still really enjoyed playing with it, though, and Chickpea had fun making these star chocolates.


We also did some stargazing and a few more activities including:

-Creating constellations using stars cut out with a hole punch stuck into a pattern on black paper.

-Numbering stars and connecting them in order.

-Watching quite a few Youtube videos about stars, starfish and a few great stop motion animations of the story. Sometimes I think we educate by Youtube but never mind.  It was a very fun, starry week!


More fun activities we found on the interweb:

Craft stick stars

Golden Shimmer Dough

Space Rocket Spell and Read game

Star matching sensory tub

Fishing for stars game

Golden shimmer sensory tub (with stars)

Constellation flashlight discs

Watercolour painting

Several Home education activity ideas

Track the stars

Ten projects for young astronomers

Glitter bottles




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