He dreamed how this star might be his friend.
They would play hide-and-go-seek…together.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.