Star Bright: Book Review + Extensions
We had so much fun doing a read and play for Halloween that we are doing it again for Christmas. I'm super excited to share this beautiful new Christmas story with you. Afterwards, be sure to visit the rest of the blogs to get more ideas for books and activities for the Christmas season.
Star Bright: A Christmas Story by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds
The New York Times bestselling team that brought you Someday has teamed up again to create this beautiful Christmas story. A baby is about to be born and a tiny angel is brainstorming what gift she can give the baby. She thinks about things a baby might like such as wind to blow their hair or music to help them sleep, but the sky and the birds are already taking care of these gifts. Suddenly, she has an idea. With a flutter and dive, she offers the baby the most glowing and brilliant of gifts. A completely original story about Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and the power of light. Heartwarming concept and playful illustrations, this amazing team has done it again. 2+
Now to play! I love the theme of light that flows throughout Christmastime. This book talked about this more than most, so we embraced that in our activities. Here are 3 ways to further explore stars and light.
1. Sing Songs about Stars:
Our twins love to sing so we work songs into many of our activities and group time. Two songs about Stars that we like are:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
We Three Kings
2. Search for Light
This is an activity best done in the evening sometime after you put up Christmas decorations. Go for a hunt around the house for all the things that make light.
Make a list. Lamps, Flashlights, Room lights, Christmas tree lights.
Little ones will enjoy turning them on and off.
Leave a bunch of them on and then go outside. We went out in the backyard. We could still see the lights streaming through the windows but we could also see the stars and moon in the sky.
2. Send Light
Make Light Cards to send to friends or family. I loved the idea of light as a gift so much I wanted to try to work that into our extensions.
Cut star shapes out of cardstock. I made them in a variety of sizes. Make sure your biggest size will fit in whatever envelop you are sending.
*cups for paint
Together we painted the stars. We laid them out to dry and sprinkled glitter over them. As the paint dried the glitter stuck to the stars.
Wash your paint brushes and hands.
Put the art shirts and table cover in the laundry.
Write addresses on the envelope(s) for friends or family. I wrote a brief note describing the book we had read and what we had done and added it to the envelopes.
When the stars are finished drop them into the envelope(s).
I wrote "Light in the darkness - the best gift of all", the last line of the book, on the back of each envelope.
Head to the mailbox or post office to send off your light.
Bright Star by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds
Cups for Paint
Sharpie (for adult use)
*Read Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee. Not about Christmas, but a beautiful dreamlike book about stars.
*Go for a nighttime flashlight walk or Christmas Lights Walk.
*Make Glittery Stars
*Eat a meal by candlelight.
*Look for more Read & Play Ideas on this Pinterest Board
Now! Be sure to visit the link below for more fun Christmas Read and Play ideas!
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