Twinkle. Twinkle, Little Star adapted by Kristi Fisher

            This classic song has been transformed into a gentle book about animals settling in for the night.


  • Glitter or colored salt (in a bowl add a cup of salt and several drops of food coloring, mix well)
  • Food coloring
  • Flashlight or laser pointer
  • 1-5 stars, cut out


  • Twinkle (to flicker and shine)
  • Gaze ( to look at something for a long time)
  • Dusk ( the time of day when the sun is going down and it is almost dark outside)

Before Reading the Book

            Tell the children that you are going to hum a song and see if they can guess the name of it. Start off humming one or two songs that you know your children are familiar with. Then hum, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Can the children name it? Sing the song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with your children.  Explain to the children that the time of day when stars come out is called dusk. Ask the children if anyone ever stands outside and looks/gazes at the stars with their parent?   What do they look like?  How do they make you feel?  Introduce the book by telling the children that they can help you read today by singing along with you.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, needs, opinions, questions; and for other varied purposes.

Reading the Story

            Practice ahead of time so that you can sing the words to the story.  When you get to the last sentence on each page, Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are, point to the words with your finger. Encourage the children to sing”Twinkle, twinkle little star” as you point to the words.

Literacy/Early Writing; develops understanding that writing is a way of communicating for a variety of purposes. AND Creative Arts/Music; participates with increasing interest and enjoyment in a variety of musical activities, including listening, singing, finger plays, games, and musical performances.

After Reading the Story

            Go back through the pages and ask the children if they can name all the animals.  Name each habitat as you look at the animals.  Show them how all the animals are gazing at the star.


            Let the children experiment with a laser pointer or flashlight that has easy on-off so they can make twinkling patterns on the ceiling and walls. Challenge them by placing the flashlight taken apart so that before they can use it the children must put it together.

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins to participate in simple investigations to test observations, discuss and draw conclusions, and form generalizations. AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills;develops growing strength, dexterity, and control needed to use tools such as stapler, paper punch, scissors, and hammer. AND Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; progresses in ability to take apart and put together shapes.

Music and Movement

Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star or change it up. Sing about;

Twinkle, twinkle great big star, Teeny tiny star, Gargantuan star, miniscule star, humongous star, etc. Show size of sta with hands and arms while singing. (Try to use or hear the children using the various size descriptors throughout the day).

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; uses an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Sing, 5 Little Stars Shining Down on Me.

Mathematics/Number & Operations; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantity.


            Put out many plastic animals.  Encourage the children to match like kinds.

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; shows growth in matching, sorting, putting in a series, and regrouping objects according to one or two attributes such as color, shape, or size.


            Cut out large star shapes on yellow construction paper (older children can cut out their own stars).  Show the children how to make glue designs on their star by holding the bottle upside down and moving it over the paper.  Let the children use glitter or salt that has been mixed with food coloring to cover the glue on their paper.  Gently shake the excess glitter/salt off of the paper.

Creative Arts/Art; gains ability in using different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation.

Give each child a blackened page with star shapes. Put out colored chalk and small bowls of water. The child dunks the chalk into the water and colors a star. Fill in the night time picture with colored chalk, magic markers, or crayons.

Literacy/Early Writing;experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, markers, crayons, and computers.

Sand and Water

            Put dry sand into the table.  Add drops of food coloring throughout and let the children mix it.  What colors did you make?

Science/Scientific Skills & Methods; begins t use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.

Library and Writing

            Teach the children the poem, Star Light, Star Bright.  Ask them what they would wish for.  Encourage them to draw a picture about their wish and write their wish underneath.  Tonight I wish for_______.  Or write their wishes on star shapes and make a bulletin board.

Star Light, Star Bright

Star light, star bright,

first star I see tonight

I wish I may, I wish I might

Get the wish I wish tonight.

Literacy/Early Writing; begins to represent stories and experiences through pictures, dictation, and in play. AND Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & problem Solving;develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, taask, or problem.

Give a child a star making sheet. The child uses a pencil or marker to draw from 1-2,2-3,3-4,4-5,and 5-1 in order to make a star. (This tends to be difficult at first but once a child gets the hang of it, they have been known to make LOTS of stars by tracing a circle and marking across. Best for older children).

Literacy/Early Writing; begins to represent stories and experiences through pictures, dictation, and in play. AND Language Development/Listening & Understanding;shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.

Math and Manipulatives

            Put the 1-5 star cutouts on the table with a basket of small animal counters.  Have the children place the correct number of animals on each star.  For younger children put the stars in 1-5 order.  For older children mix the order around and see if they can recognize the numbers and add the correct number of counters.

Mathematics/Number & Operations;begins to associate number concepts, vocabulary, quantities, and written numerals in meaningful ways.

Outdoor Play

Bring out the bouncing balls today. Show the children how to bounce and catch, bounce and catch. count 1-10 catches. Let the child try, count along with them. Bounce and catch 1, bounce and catch 2, etc..

Physical Health & Development/Gross Motor Skills;demonstrates increasing abilities to coordinate movements in throwing, catching, kicking, bouncing balls, and using a swing and slide.


Cut out mother animal and baby cards. Out them into a bowl or bag that the children can not see through. The children take turns pulling up a card and naming the animal and also the letter otr letter sound that the animal name begins with.

Literacy/Phonological Awareness;shows growing awareness of beginning and ending sounds in words.


About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.