Starry Night sensory tray

Sometimes things are so simple and glaringly obvious, I just don't see them.

We have been thinking like Mr van Gogh and painting Starry Night.  The movement of the swirling wind, the twinkling stars.  


We talk about how you can almost feel the movement that Mr Van Gogh was trying to paint.


Feel.  


There's the word.


And the simple and glaringly obvious - a Starry Night sensory tray.




It really was simple to put together.

I have a 2 inch deep tray that I found at a thrift shop.  (It was hot pink, but spray paint easily took care of that.)


I found blue decorative sand at Michaels.




Added a handful of purple sand from the purple sensory bin and some chunky silver and blue glitter. 




Glass gems, plastic jewels and turquoise prisms provide a bit of sparkle.



Yellow gems can make stars or the moon or ...




Lengths of silver bead garland offer more possibilities.



And that makes a Starry Night in a Tray.


The kids use the sparkle to create their transient art...

with a friend


on a "silver" plate

spilling out of the cup

making pictures and patterns

and filling the tray.


Art can be created from negative space - drawing Mr Van Gogh swirls


My hope is that after learning about Mr Van Gogh,  painting Starry Night, exploring a Starry Night app and creating transient Starry Night art, my kids will see greater wonder in the world - and know that they are artists.








            

22 comments

  1. Hi Sandi, I am amazed at how simple, yet amazing this sensory tray turned out. I agree that some things are so obvious we need to take a step back to see them, but this was a brilliantly simple activity to convey the movement in "Starry Night," which is a painting that has always been one of my favorites. I hope I can make these fun activities for my students when I become a teacher. Have a great week!
    Emily

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    1. Hi Emily. So often simple is the best. Starry Night is one of my favourite paintings too.

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    1. Thanks. It was so simple. And so obvious. That's why it took me a while to "see" it.

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  3. Hi,
    My name is Felicia. I am a student at The University of South Alabama studying to be an elementary education teacher. The Starry Night sensory tray is beautiful. I enjoyed learning about Van Gogh in my art classes and this is something I will definitely try out in my future classroom. Thanks! I really like a lot of your creative ideas.

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    1. Hi Felicia. I have been amazed what young children create after learning about famous works of art. Best wishes with your education program.

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  4. I love this so much! My son has a love/hate relationship with paint sometimes. This is a great way to create art without having to commit with a paintbrush ;)

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    1. This project has been a good reminder to me that art does not have to be permanent. It does not require the permanence of paint/crayon/marker on paper. I hope that you and your son find ways for him to express himself in art.

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  5. Hi! I love this activity! It's so simple and beautiful at the same time! It looks like the kids did a great job! I definitely want to try this idea in my future classroom! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi MeLeah. So often as teacher we over think things. Simple is often the best. I wonder what other ideas this project might have initiated.

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  6. Ahhh! I don't know whether to pin this to 'special needs' or 'art appreciation!' Thanks for sharing at the #LaughLearnLinkup!

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    1. I'd choose both!! Thanks for pinning.

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    1. Thanks for visiting -- and for pinning.

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  8. What a great idea!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. Thanks. And thanks for featuring our Starry Night tray.

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  9. I LOVE this idea!! I am highlighting you on Share it Saturday this week! Thanks for linking up!!

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    1. Thanks. And thanks for highlighting the post on Share it Saturday.

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  10. Really Pretty! Pinning it!

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  11. Thanks for visiting - and for pinning.

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  12. This is such a beautiful sensory tray! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!

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  13. Gorgeous! This is one of my favorite paintings. Thanks for linking up at the Love to Learn Linky. I'll be sharing this on Facebook soon....

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