Star Alphabet Activity


He dreamed how this star might be his friend.

They would play hide-and-go-seek…together.

“How to Catch a Star” by Oliver Jeffers.

How to Catch a Star: Star Alphabet Activity

After reading this lovely story, we decided to do some activities based on it.  As I wanted to help my daughter to become more familiar with the alphabet and how her name is written, we made this our focus.  I cut out stars in several different colours for each letter of the alphabet as well as further stars for each letter of my son and daughter’s names and extra ones to play with.  I hid the alphabet stars around the living room and the kitchen.

Searching for stars
“They would play hide-and-go-seek…”

Building Suspense for an Exciting Alphabet Game

Once my son arrived home, I build up the suspense by telling both children that I had set up a game for them to play.  My son got changed into his pyjamas and met us at the door of the living room.  He tried very hard to guess what we might be doing.

As soon as I opened the door, they knew exactly what they needed to do as I had put several of the stars in very obvious places.  However, I did not let them pick up the stars straight away.  Instead, we sat and read, “How to Catch a Star,” and highlighted the part where the little boy wanted to play hide and seek with his star.  The children got straight to work trying to find all of the stars.

Rules of the Star Alphabet Activity/Game

My son asked if they were finding each letter of the alphabet or the letters of a word. I said that the should find a few more and see what he thought the answer was.  It wasn’t long before they had both found as many stars as they thought there were.

We checked to see if they had missed any.  I asked my son how we might do that.  First, we counted them together.

We asked how many:

  • stars did H find?
  • did S find?
  • stars are there altogether?
  • How many letters in the alphabet altogether and how many more do we need to find?


Next, he started arranging the letters of the alphabet in a circle.  I wrote down the lower case letters, showing my daughter which one we were looking for and she helped to find them to put each one next in the sequence.

Finding missing stars
Ordering stars, finding patterns in the colours and helping my daughter to recognise letters.

Spotting Patterns of Colours and Letters

My son noticed that there was a pattern of seven colours that was repeated in the sequence of letters.  We found that there were some missing already so I asked how we could find these more easily.  My daughter helped by naming the colours as we pointed to them in the sequence.

My son said that because the stars were in a pattern that was being repeated, then we would be able to predict which colours the missing letters were and this might help us to look for them.  He identified which letters were missing and the colours he thought they would be.  Both children looked for the final few stars.

Once they had found them, both children got very excited as the colours of each missing letter had been the colours predicted plus the circle was complete.  We said the alphabet in order and aloud together, pointing to each one as we went.  My son suggested that we made some words using the letters so we made, “star,” as well as a few others.

Spelling "star"
Spelling “star”

Matching Colours

I placed seven coloured pieces of A4 paper on the living room carpet to match the colours of the stars.  After naming each colour again, the children stared sorting the coloured stars onto the A4 sheets that were the same colour.

Colour matching stars
Colour matching stars

Final Star Alphabet Activity

Finally, I gave both children the letters of their names to play with.  I helped my daughter to order hers and my son ordered his own.  We talked about capital letters to start names.

The children were left to play with all of the alphabet and name letter stars, plus the blank stars, making their own crocodile, rocket, lifebelt, seagull, tree and sea using them (plus a little of their imagination!).  All of these things (apart from the crocodile) are in “How to Catch a Star.”

Both children loved these activities based on the story.  Both children had caught their stars: stars of their very own.

The competition to win your own copy of “How to Catch a Star 10th Anniversary  Edition” by Oliver Jeffers has now closed but you can still see it here: How to Catch a Star Competition.

Disclosure: I was sent a presentation box of How to Catch a Star with the story (plus one to giveaway in a competition). All views and opinions are my own.

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  • What a wonderful way to interact with story and for a little learning too #kidsbookaweek

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, they loved the activities we did.

  • I’ve not read this one – I really must check it out as I hear such good things ! x

    • dillydrops

      It is a great story, my children love it! Definitely worth a read 🙂

  • It is a great book isn’t it – it’s one of our favourites. This looks like a great activity to expand their learning.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, we love this story (it has been read a lot over the past two weeks!). I’m glad you like the activity!

  • Nothing better than reading with your kids. Lovely post xx

    • dillydrops

      Thank you. Reading with kids is one of the best things!

  • cassfrugalfamily

    That looks like a great story and I love the activities you did to link in with it x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you. It was great fun taking part in them 🙂

  • What a beautiful book and enthralling activities

    • dillydrops

      Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

  • What a fantastic activity to go along with a special and wonderful book. I love that you combined literacy and numeracy by including counting, sequences and prediction as well as spelling and letter recognition. The hide and seek is perfect to get children excited about the story. Thanks so much for linking up to #kidsbookaweek

    • dillydrops

      Thank you, my daughter certainly was very excited about this story and the activities! I like to link things together but having a four year gap between the children, it makes things a little trickier 🙂

  • We loved this story, a great activity to go with it.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you!

  • I think it is great to have activities that tie in with the book. Thanks for sharing your pictures x

    • dillydrops

      I think it makes the story more personal and memorable if children take part in activities linked to books. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  • I have this book on my wishlist for my daughter. Such a lovely book.

    • dillydrops

      It certainly is. You should take part in my competition to win a copy!

  • So many good reviews of this book at the moment 🙂 And your activity looks great too!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! It is a great book.

  • We’ve got this book on its way to us and I cannot wait to do some activities with the twins. They’d probably be able to do the colours and will enjoy counting stars 🙂 x

    • dillydrops

      I hope they have a great time trying this out!

  • I don’t know this story, but will look out for it. Looks like you had great fun with the stars.

    • dillydrops

      We certainly did! We love using stories as a starting point for activities and this is a great book?

  • We have this story book! It’s so cute. Definitely a favourite in our house x

    • dillydrops

      It is a great story. We have read it a lot over the past couple of weeks!

  • My children loved this book and this is a great activity to get them involved in the story while learning and having fun. #kidsbookaweek

    • dillydrops

      Thank you. Books mean so much more if you can experience them, in my opinion.

  • Have seen so many star activities to go along with this book recently – another fab one here!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! It was great fun seeing my little girl enjoying taking part in the activities.

  • It is a lovely book, Oliver Jeffers is such a cool guy. I really like your extension activities and would like to do this with my son.

    • dillydrops

      He is. I have an amusing video of him that I should post too. I’m pleased that you like my extension activities, I hope you and your son enjoy doing them too!

  • The Free From Fairy

    Wow, I am really impressed with this activity! You are a ‘proper’ mummy! I am taking notes about what I should be doing with my kids!! I love the pictures too. Keep up the imaginative learning games…I will be back to get some ideas!

    • dillydrops

      Aww…thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂 It’s made my day 🙂

  • dillydrops

    Thank you! Books are a great starting point for all sorts of activities.

  • We love this book and these are great activities to link in with the book and encourage learning. can’t wait to try them with F. x

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! I hope you and F enjoy them as much as we did 🙂

  • what a great book and fantastic way to bring it to life with the activity

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! We really enjoyed it all!

  • Heard such great things about this book, it sounds great. What a fabulous activity to do with the kids too – such a brilliant idea :)

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! This is a great story.

  • A really good way of learning the alphabet they they can interact with

    • dillydrops

      Thank you. I think it is better when they can ‘do’ an activity.

  • I love interactive books like this! Such an amazing idea x

    • dillydrops

      It is a great book that leads on to all sorts of ideas of crafts, etc. to do linked to it.

  • What great activities. I love how you have included a give away of the book, just sad I live in Australia and can’t join in. Never mind, I will look for the book at my local library.

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! I hope that you find it in your library 🙂

  • these book activities are fab!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed reading about them 🙂

  • cariemay

    Oh wow those look like some fabulous activities – I love the idea of a star hunt to find all the letters, and it looks like they were having a wonderful time!

  • Oh how wonderful, will be trying this. Thanks for linking up to #brillblogposts, please add my badge or link back. Thanks!

    • dillydrops

      Thank you! And sorry, I thought I’d added it. Will do that now! 🙂

  • These look brilliant, thanks for linking up to #brillblogposts

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