Name Constellation

Have a blast with this cute and fun art activity! Children will love creating the splatter effect on paper and once it’s dry it creates a gorgeous background for them to practice writing their name. Bonus - children can practice learning what letters look like with regards to lines and curves by adding stickers on top of their name cards.

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Create a gorgeous galaxy of stars!

Get messy with this fun galaxy art activity. Children will love spraying the paint across their blank canvas and creating a whole galaxy. Once it’s dry, practice writing letters and learning the lines and curves by adding stickers on top of the letters. This art activity is a great addition to any space theme in a classroom or at home!

Mess factor: Find an area you don’t mind getting messy as this activity may get messy with flying paint! 

🅰️ Capitals First! Capital letters are a bit easier for children to practice and recognize. Practice these first before moving onto lowercase letters.

Spruce it up: This activity makes a great holiday card. Write the name of a loved one instead of the child’s name to repurpose it!  

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Black construction paper

White paint

2 paint brushes

Small plate

White pencil crayon/white crayon

Star stickers

An area you don’t mind getting messy!

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Language

Skills

Letter Recognition

Indicators:

Recognizing the shape of letters by their lines and curves

Instructions

Step 1:

Start by setting up an area you don’t mind getting messy. Outside works great or you can set up a table with a tablecloth on top for a quick clean up.

Step 2:

Lay out the black construction paper and put a small amount of paint on a small plate.

Step 3:

Dip one brush in the white paint and hold it over the black construction paper about 6” from the paper. Take the other (clean) paintbrush and begin to tap it on top of the bottom paint brush. The paint should start the fly onto your construction paper.

Step 4: 

Once happy with the amount of specks of white paint on the paper, set aside to dry completely.

Step 5:

Take a pencil crayon and write out the child’s name (or have them write their own!) on top of the paper.

Step 6:

Have the child place stickers in the lines and curves of their name. Once complete you’ll have a piece of art that’s out of this world!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: This is a great time to explore intersecting lines and curves. Place a sticker on each intersecting line and curve and count them up! 

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Younger children will benefit from hand over hand motion when writing out their name to help them feel the lines and curves in each letter in their name.

Playful Questions

How many curves are in the first letter of your name?

How many stickers fit on the last letter in your name?

Can you point to all the curves in your name?

Can you trace your finger along all of the letters of your name?