Star Counting Activity

This week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Time for Bed by Mem Fox. We’re sharing a star counting activity to go along with the book. Also be sure to check out all of the other night themed ideas at the end of the post. Affiliate links are included in this post.

This star counting math activity is a great way to practice number recognition for preschoolers.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Time for Bed is delightful book perfect for reading before bed. The repetitive text lulls you to sleep while the paintings are calming and sweet. I was drawn to the stars in the pictures, so I created the star counting activity for my kids.

Star Counting Activity

What You’ll Need:

  • Black cardstock
  • Silver marker
  • Star stickers

Easy setup for the star counting math activity for preschool

There is a lot of flexibility in what math skills you can work on with this activity. For my daughter (age 2.5), I wrote the numbers 1-10 on the black paper twice. For my son (almost 7), I wrote the numbers 1-20.

This star counting math activity is a great way to practice number recognition for preschoolers.

Simply call out a number. Have your child find the number and then cover it with a star sticker.

This star counting math activity is a great way to practice number recognition for preschoolers.

Continue calling out numbers until all of the numbers have stickers. The star stickers were easily removed from the cardstock we used. It allowed us to repeat the activity using the same paper.

This star counting math activity is a great way to practice number recognition for preschoolers.

For my son, I gave him addition problems in order to cover up the stars. 10+8=what? Cover the 18 with a star.

More Variations

  • Roll dice instead of calling out numbers.
  • Write larger numbers and count by 5s or 10s.
  • Write numbers on the stars and play a matching game.
  • Practice colors by calling out a color and having your child place that sticker on the paper.
  • Draw constellations by connecting the stars together in numerical order.

More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids

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See more night themed activities inspired by Time for Bed:

DIY Beginning Sounds Rhyming Night Puzzles from Rainy Day Mum
Discover My Name in the Night Sky from Powerful Mothering
Farm-Animal Bedtime Snacks that Toddlers & Preschoolers Can Make from Chickadee Lit
Surprising Animal Sleep Facts from Mama Smiles
Why We Have Night Preschool Science Activity from Preschool Powol Packets
How to Make a Star Garland from The Educators’ Spin On It
Starlit Night in a Cup! A Fine-Motor Craft for Kids from To be a Kid Again
Puffy Paint Night Sky from Views From a Step Stool
Star Pre-Writing Activities for Preschoolers from Toddler Approved
Bedtime Relaxation Stretches from Sugar Aunts
Night Time Glow In The Dark Bowling from Adventures of Adam

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