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Starry Night

Star gazing activity

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  • Find a picture of the painting "The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh (internet or library)
  • Ask child to describe what he sees in the picture
  • Go outside at night and start counting the stars.  You could probably see around 2,000 stars but there are millions in the sky
  • Explain that the stars are always there but during the day it is too bright to see them


Help the child to say the painter's name - Vincent van Gogh.  Explain that he was a famous painter who lived in the 1800's - over 100 years ago - in a country called Holland or the Netherlands.   He sold only one painting but his paintings now are very famous. Find the country of Holland/Netherlands on a map or globe. Encourage a child to draw his own starry night picture.


Help the child to describe what the night sky looks like in "The Starry Night" painting: the town and the church and it's steeple, the dark structure on the left side of the painting what that could be, how many stars are shown, etc.  Look for another painting by Vincent van Gogh


What type of materials would an artist need to create a painting?

Becoming an artist takes talent and practice.  What is something you want to practice so you can become better at doing?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Purple
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon"
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Wave" VIDEO
by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon". VIDEO
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

"The Monster At The End of This Book". VIDEO
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

"Hello, My Name is Joe" VIDEO
by Ellen and Peter Allard (Activity 1)

"A - You're Adorable" VIDEO
by Sesame Street (Activity 4)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" VIDEO
by Ella Jenkins (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight