So, where do I get my ideas? I got the design for our starfish from the Crafty kids book from the post below. But I also taught preschool for 3 years. I have notebooks full of activities that I did with my classes. I got a lot of ideas from teachers I worked with as well as curriculum books designed for the school I worked at. If I have a particular theme in mind, I often google it. For example, Ocean crafts for preschoolers. I've found lots of good ideas this way. And believe it or not... I come up with some of these ideas all by myself!
The starfish activity from the Crafty Kids book focused on the assembly of the starfish. The adult cuts out all of the pieces and the child simply puts everything together. Aiden finds this type of activity kinda boring, so I added a few ideas of my own.
I LOVE textured paint. And I thought it would be fun to make some sandy paint to paint the starfish. Not only because it sticks with the ocean theme but because it makes the paint really thick and when it dries, the paint has a really hard, bumpy texture~ just like a starfish!
We added some Cheerios as the suction cups. Aiden was more interested in eating them than putting them in his art!