This tot school activity focuses on recognizing the look, feel, and colors of star shapes. Many toddlers develop a fascination with space and this can be a small first step towards developing that interest.
Many of these are simple print outs, or prebought shapes that can be put together in an instant.
We have also included some crafty activities with some painting, and assembly included to engage your toddler for a bit longer.
With a total of 11 activities included you and your toddler can be seeing stars for weeks!
11 Star Themed Tot Trays
1. Star Themed Sensory Bin
- Large Dish Pan
- Dried Lima Beans
- Large Star Buttons
- Star Pipe Cleaners
- Wooden Stars
- Small Star Slinkies
This is a fun sensory activity to start to recognize the feel of the star shape.
The contrast between each object will make the star instantly recognizable, even for a toddler!
2. Dot Marker Stars
- Dot Markers
Dots are a quick and easy activity that requires no preparation. Just a print out and some markers.
You can get as colorful as you like here, or you can stick to the more common yellow colors of the stars that you will see in most kids books.
3. Stars Flashcards
- Playskool Flashcards
- Sesame Street Flash Cards
- Crayola Color Connect Flashcards
- Mickey Mouse Flash Cards
While these cover a lot more shapes than just stars, they will be in there.
This is a great follow up activity after you have covered some of those above to see if the star shape is now identifiable.
4. Star Matching Tot Tray
- Wooden Stars
Fill the tray with stars of different sizes and looking to match those of the same size.
Keep the number of stars low at first or you risk frustrating away their interest.
5. Star Books
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Little Shapes
- Nemo Shapes
A great activity to incorporate, or use as a lead up to the shapes flash cards.
There are so many star themed children’s books that you will have no trouble finding them.
6. Star Coloring
- Crayons Printables
Coloring is another quick and easy one to setup.
A printout and a box of crayons is all you need. Then let the creative juices flow!
7. Washi Tape Stars
- Washi Tape
I wouldn’t go out of your way to buy these, but if you have star printed washi tapes around the house anyway then this can be a quick and fun activity.
Your toddler can stack these up with the star prints alongside each other, lining them up and just playing around with the patterns.
8. Play Dough Stars
- Play Dough
- Clear Sheet Protectors and Printables
Who doesn’t love playdough?
Molding them into star shapes will be challenging, but is likely to keep your toddelr busy for a while.
This is a useful way to test out their learning after a few activities.
9. Star Stickers
- White Paper
- Foam Stickers
Here you can make colorful arrangements of star shaped stickers.
Stickers of any kind are usually a hit with kids and this should keep them happy for a while as they make their own arrangement.
10. Craft Stick Star Building
- Yellow Popsicle Sticks
Now we are getting a little more crafty and into some more advance assembly.
The star shape may not be apparent at first so you will likely have to demonstrate, or assist with the first few. But it will be interesting to see how close they can get on their own.
11. Star Threading
- Large Buttons
- Pipe Cleaners
This one is getting a bit more precise with the assembly and may be a bit tough for a younger toddler.
It is fun to try though and you may end up with a colorful arrangement of stars on the pipe cleaners if your persist. This is another that can frustrate their interest away if they don’t get it early on though.
These star themed activities provide some quick and easy ways for your toddler to become familiar with the star shapes through visual and hands on learning.
A lot of fun to be had, and an area that a lot kids develop a lasting interest in beyond toddlerhood.