We used night sky playdough and made a letter N craft to help the kids learn to recognize the letter N. I love how the letter N crafts turned out!
Night Sky Playdough
Our playdough idea this week came from the Starry Night Play Dough from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots. We already had some black playdough. Instead of silver glitter, I added small star confetti to make it look like the night sky. The very small confetti worked best for us, and the kids enjoyed playing with the playdough throughout the week. The big kids created different night scenes, practiced making the letter N and spelling their names.
Tinker spent some time adding our glow in the dark stars to the playdough and then removing them…over and over again as is her usual preference.
Night Sky N Craft
Each week we do a letter craft that relates to our letter of the week. At the end of the year we will compile all of the crafts into an ABC book. My daughter did a similar project last year in her former preschool class, and she still loves reading that book multiple times a week.
At the beginning of the week we spent some time painting with silver glitter glue. Each child painted multiple pictures on black card stock. They painted as many as they wanted in whatever patterns and arrangements they wanted. As they did so we talked a little about galaxies.
The next day the kids chose one painting to use for their letter N craft. I cut the letter N out, and they glued it to a piece of yellow paper.
Next we talked more about the objects we see in the night sky. We looked at some pictures of different stages of the moon, and each child chose a moon they wanted to make for their picture. I drew the shape on a square piece of paper. Then to give the moon a more textured look and incorporate some fine motor practice, we crumpled and opened the square ten times together. The kids LOVED doing this, and they tried to see just how small they could crumple the paper each time. When we were done, I cut out the moons, and the kids glued them on.
To finish off our night sky pictures we added some silver stars. This was another way to incorporate fine motor practice as the kids worked to peel off and then stick each star on the page.
I absolutely love how they turned out. They look even more beautiful in person.
We also enjoyed reading many fiction and nonfiction books about the night sky.
Click the links below to see some of the books we enjoyed reading during our night sky theme.
What are some of your favorite night sky books?
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