I have a toddler and a preschooler to keep entertained all day and sometimes their age difference makes it difficult to find things both can enjoy at the same time. That’s why I love this Star Search game because it appeals to all ages and can be adapted to match each child’s skill level. This game teaches number recognition, matching, and visual motor skills. Since I made this game, we have played it everyday at Ms. Tiger’s request because both kids love playing it so much. It’s super simple to make and can be played inside or outside so you really don’t ever have to stop :).
Our stars are Red, White, and Blue for all those patriotic days of summer (Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Pioneer Day-in Utah) but you could use any color or any shape. So let’s get playing!
Foam Stars (purchased ours at Hobby Lobby)
Puffy Paint or permanent marker
Poster tack or tape
Plastic page protector (optional)
1. Place the stars on the paper and trace around them. Remove the stars and on the paper write numbers inside of the traced stars.
2. Paint matching numbers on the foam stars with puffy paint and let them dry. You could use permanent marker if you don’t have puffy paint. I just like the look of the puffy paint and it worked better on the glitter stars.
|We numbered our stars from 1-10 but you could adapt the game to higher numbers or to count in increments of 10 or 100 depending on your kiddos skill level.|
3. You may want to place your paper inside a plastic page protector to help it last longer. Put poster tack or tape on the back of the stars and you are ready to play!
1. Hide the stars while kiddo looks away.
2. Have kiddo find stars and place them on the paper by matching the number of the star to the number on the paper. Once all the stars have been found and placed on the paper the game is over and it’s time to play again! 🙂
Before we started playing I placed all the stars on the paper and had Ms. Tiger remove them one by one as we reviewed the numbers.
|Ms. Tiger thought it was so funny putting the stars on her nose.|
|Look who both found a star. I am pretty sure all kids like finding things!|
|Even my handsome little guy could play along. He loved finding “stickies” and bringing them back to the board.|
|By the end of the game Ms. Tiger had learned to recognize some new numbers. What a perfect game for having fun and learning!|
More Patriotic Ideas:
Star Spangled Banner Rice Krispie Treats
Fourth of July Handprint Fireworks Craft
Cupcake Liner Firework Craft