Kindergarten Stars

Try these sim­ple instruc­tions to teach your kinders how to draw stars. As adults, we make these designs auto­mat­i­cally, almost with­out think­ing, but for a five year old draw­ing their very first star, it’s noth­ing short of mag­i­cal! Once it “clicks” for them, they will be draw­ing stars everywhere!

First talk about types of lines, con­cen­trat­ing on “diag­o­nal” and “hor­i­zon­tal”. Then, demon­strate these easy steps, and give your kinders plenty of paper to prac­tice on. Nam­ing each step is help­ful until “mus­cle mem­ory” takes over…

1. Start by draw­ing a moun­tain. Remem­ber to begin at the bot­tom of the moun­tain and don’t lift your pen­cil til your star is complete!

2. Next, cross your first line with a diag­o­nal line. (Don’t lift your pen­cil yet!)

3. Now, draw a hor­i­zon­tal line across the oppo­site side of your moun­tain. (Still don’t lift your pencil!)

4. Finally, draw a diag­o­nal line back to the place you started from. (NOW you can lift your pencil!!)

After demon­strat­ing my first star, I drew sev­eral more, repeat­ing, “Moun­tain, diag­o­nal, hor­i­zon­tal, diag­o­nal,” with each step. Then, stu­dents prac­ticed draw­ing stars on scratch paper until they were ready to use chisel tip mark­ers on con­struc­tion paper, writ­ing their names on their “best” exam­ples. These were col­ored in to look like stained glass win­dows, lam­i­nated and punched at the top for hang­ing. These stars make won­der­ful orna­ments.… each one is unique, with tons of “per­son­al­ity” (see photo at top)!!

(If you color your stars with crayons, the heat from the lam­i­na­tor will melt the crayon a lit­tle, mak­ing the col­ors smooth and bright!)

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2 Responses to Kindergarten Stars

  1. Ms. Wilkinson December 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm #

    What a great idea. I would like to do this with my stu­dents after the break!

    I recently started my own blog, too:

    Happy Hol­i­days!


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