A Glowing Starry Night

We're exploring a star theme this week. Minnie is becoming fascinated by the night sky again, & loves stargazing from her bedroom window, & spotting the moon as it appears in the evening.

We've created many canvases over this last year but never created a canvas that could be seen during the dark of night. Minnie often comments on the glowing stars & how they twinkle so this seemed a perfect way to explore her interest.

We painted an art canvas black (with acrylic paint) & left to dry overnight. Then using glow in the dark paint mixed with a little PVA glue Minnie started to create her starry scene.

She painted & dripped the paint over the canvas, before adding some foil stars & coloured glitter.

She had so much sensory fun with the glitter, sprinkling, rubbing, patting, & pouring it all over the canvas.

Once she was happy with the result, we left the canvas to dry for a few hours, then Minnie added some glow in the dark stars with a little PVA glue. (We picked up the stars from a local toy shop for just 99p)

As she added her stars she began to sing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' to herself. (Moments like this just melt my soppy heart.) ;-)

And her starry canvas was finished!

Minnie has this hanging in her room now & it's a perfect work of art to explore just before bedtime. With the lights on, the canvas sparkles & twinkles & when they're turned off, the stars & paint beneath glow in the dark. Pretty neat to have two works of art in one! ;-)

A nice way to investigate the transition between day & night. Could also provide a little reassurance at bedtime if you have a reluctant sleeper.

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  1. So fantastic! (as usual!) What a brilliant idea. I think my 3 year old would love this :-)

  2. Gorgeous! My 4 yo loves space and planets, I can see one of these canvases being a big hit in her room. Great idea!

  3. I think this is a fanstastic idea and might use it during my christmas unit :] Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, this is so brilliant! Never mind the kids, I want one for MY bedroom!

  5. Very pretty and oooh love the idea of using some glow in the dark stars too. "What a surprise" :-)

    Really lovely way to have glow in the dark stickers in a child's room! Love!!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. What a beautiful outcome. An excellent way to encourage children to learn new skills and enjoy the finished product. Excellent learning for them.