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Starry Night

Star gazing activity

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  • Find a picture of painting "The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh (internet or library)
  • Ask child to describe what he sees
  • 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 child 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.   He sold only one painting but his paintings now are very famous. Find the country of Holland on a map or globe.


Encourage child to describe the painting "Starry Night".  Help child to describe what the night sky looks like, 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


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

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

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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

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"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

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Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight