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Starry Night by Van Gogh is one of our favorites from Art Studio’s Art in the Netherlands and Spain lessons from Mother Goose Time. The kids love this piece of art and always remember its name. We used pipe cleaners shaped into swirls to make stamped prints on our Starry Night Door Hanger crafts.

tarry Night by Van Gogh is one of our favorites from Art Studio's Art in the Netherlands and Spain lessons from Mother Goose Time. The kids love this piece of art and always remember its name. We used pipe cleaners shaped into swirls to make stamped prints on our Starry Night Door Hanger crafts.
Starry NIght Lesson 11 from Mother Goose Time's Art Studio Preschool Curriculum | Starry Night Door Hanger
Starry Night Door Hanger - Art Studio Theme

A Starry Night Door Hanger

A Starry Night Door Hanger is a Make & Play activity. First, the child makes the project and then can use it or play with it. I mixed white tempera paint and glue to dip the pipecleaner swirls into.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

After making the swirl patterns, the second part involves shaking glitter on the paint and glue mixture.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

I like that the child can hold the pipecleaner and feel the shape as well as see it.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

The pipecleaner might make a different stamped mark than it looks like it will because it’s not completely flat.

painting with pipecleaners Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

The process requires getting a little messy, pressing the swirl into the paint and glue mixture and then pressing it onto their door hanger template.

paint and glue painting with pipecleaners Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

The process takes repetition and experimentation.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

It looks like art or a craft, but it also involves a sensory experience with the metallic pipecleaner, paint and glitter. I watched one little guy swirl his finger around in the glitter on the tray. It’s part of the learning!

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

Some kiddos weren’t too concerned about making swirl shapes and that’s fine too.

sprinkling glitter Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

Through this process, children learn that glitter only sticks to the painted areas.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

Pouring glitter is a messy proposition, but I believe it’s a worthwhile lesson. Kids just love the opportunity to use glitter! They just can’t wait. I like to put it in a shaker jar and turn the top so the opening isn’t too large. It makes the experience last a bit longer when the glitter doesn’t pour out too fast.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

For our Starry Night Door Hangers, I limited the glitter station to one tray. Everyone took a turn so I could supervise and keep things under control.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

Two children can work at a time – one paints and the other glitters.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

I stood by with hand wipes and helped put the glitter back into the jar so it could be reused.

Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

Glitter is worth the mess! My cordless Dyson does a great job sucking up glitter, sand, and rice so I don’t worry too much.

Starry Night Make & Play Door Hanger craft preschool art theme

Along with the Starry Night Door Hangers, we so worked on some literacy activities.

starry night letters and glitter

What Do You See? I Can Read Books

The kids always enjoy looking at their I Can Read books. This month’s book featured Van Gogh’s work, Bedroom in Arles. The sight words for this book are “see”, “you” and “is”. The color squares can be used to look for and match colors.

Van Gogh Bedroom in Arles I Can Read Books from Mother Goose Time with sight words

Starry Words

I love, love, love this literacy activity! It is great for independent play. The child chooses a Word Tag and then finds the letters that make up that word.

Starry Words Small Group Literacy activity Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

I put all the Word Tags on the table and the star letters in a bowl. it worked well for two to make letters at a time. Small group activities are low key, easy to place in your centers and allow for children to come and go as they are interested.

Starry Words Small Group Literacy activity Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

They did a fabulous job of creating color words and were proud to “read” the words when they were done.

Starry Words Small Group Literacy activity Starry Night Door Hanger Make & Play Activity Art Studio - Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum

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Be sure to check our Starry Night Art Inspired Sensory Play Activity.

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