Watercolor Art Activity for Kids Inspired by How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers is one of our favorite children’s books. We were inspired by the beautiful illustrations in the story to create this watercolor ocean and star art for kids!

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Art Activity to Go with the Story How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers~ Buggy and Buddy

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We are huge fans of children’s books by Oliver Jeffers! (Some of our favorites being Stuck, The Day the Crayons Quit, and Lost and Found.) How to Catch a Star has always been a favorite not only because it’s a sweet story of friendship, but because it seemed to always hit home with my kids. Lucy has always brainstormed ways to catch stars ever since she could speak it seems! (She used to ask my husband if he could a rope, climb to the top of a nearby mountain and try to catch one!)

As we were rereading How to Catch a Star, the illustration of the star in the ocean water reminded us of a recent painting technique we had tried, painting with watercolors and droppers. We decided to make some watercolor art inspired by that page!

Watercolor Art Activity for Kids Inspired by How to Catch a Star

Art Activity to Go with the Story How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Materials for Art Activity

Directions

1. Start by painting a layer of water over your entire sheet of watercolor paper.

paint watercolor paper with a layer of water

 

2. Use droppers or pipettes to drop liquid watercolors onto your paper. We used blue, turquoise, and green to resemble ocean water.

drop liquid watercolors onto paper with pipettes

 

Continue until the paper is completely covered in color.

create ocean scene with liquid watercolors

 

3. Sprinkle salt onto your painted paper. The salt creates such an interesting effect on the wet paint!

salt on liquid watercolors

 

We tried both regular salt and epsom salts. Both worked, but looked slightly different. Here’s one painting with regular salt…

Art Activity for Kids to Go with the Story How to Catch a Star

 

… and with epsom salt.

liquid watercolor art with epson salt

 

4. Let your artwork dry.

 

5. Cut out a yellow star from your construction paper and glue it onto your paper.

glue yellow star onto watercolored paper

6. Hang it up to display!

Some possible writing prompts to go with the artwork and story, How to Catch a Star:

  • Describe the characteristics of a good friend.
  • Use your imagination to describe how you could catch a star.
  • What’s the big idea or moral of the story?

Art Activity to Go with the Story How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

 


 

Process Art Activity for Kids using Watercolors inspired by Oliver Jeffers How to Catch a Star! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Comments

  1. What a great activity! It is such a cool way to allow each child to make something that is both beautiful and unique!

  2. Love this book and your art activity looks fun! 🙂

  3. Mama Val says:

    This is a great summer activity! I used watercolor paper, regular salt and sea salt. But the effect weren’t obvious. I also changed the paper but still no result. What could go wrong?

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