Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A large roll of paper or sheets of paper taped together
- A thick permanent marker (Sharpie TM) and a pencil
- Paper-decorating supplies such as markers or crayons, star stickers, shiny paper cut into stars or other shapes, and glue sticks
- Rubber bands
- Optional: Adult scissors
- Optional: Digital camera or smartphone
Preparation for Activity
- Prepare sheets of paper, large enough to draw an outline of each child.
Description of Activity
Children create a picture of themselves as a constellation.
Invite the children to the activity table. Say, in these words or your own:
Who knows what a constellation is? A constellation is a group of stars in the night sky that make a pattern that reminds us of something-like the Big Dipper constellation or the Little Bear constellation. Let's make you into a constellation!
Have each child lie on a large sheet of paper, and outline their body with a thick marker. Give each child their outline and invite them to add to their constellation with the supplies you have provided. They can add starry eyes or fingertips with star stickers, and they can draw with the markers or crayons.
Invite the children to help with clean-up. They can recycle the paper scraps and put away the paper-decorating supplies.
When the constellations are dry, roll them up, secure each with a rubber band, and write each child's name on their roll with a pencil. (Optional: Cut out the individual constellations first.) Put the constellations near the door for the children to take home later, or arrange to display them in your religious education area.
Including All Participants
If any children have difficulty lying on the floor, you could do hand constellations rather than whole-body constellations.