Starry Night Sky Art Project for Kids

We were inspired by the dream tree in The BFG Disney movie to create this starry night sky art project. This art activity uses all kinds of fun art techniques and would be perfect for any unit related to The BFG, the night sky, and can even be transformed into a winter sky!

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We recently saw Disney’s The BFG, and I fell in love with the dream tree scene- so many beautiful colors floating and zooming around the night sky. We decided to create our own starry night sky artwork using colors from the scene in the movie.

This art project uses lots of fun art techniques and is appropriate for preschool, kindergarten, and up!

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Starry Nigh Sky Art Project for Kids


Starry Night Sky Art Project for Kids

Materials for Starry Night Sky Art Project


Directions for Starry Night Sky Art Project

This art project will need to be done in two sessions to give time for the watercolor background to dry. 

1. Set up some small containers of watercolor paint in blues and violets. (You can also use a regular set of watercolor cakes.) Also, set out a small cup of water and a thick paintbrush.


2. Paint your art paper with just water and a brush until the entire sheet is wet.


3. Add different blue and violet shades of watercolor paint to your paper- brushing it in different directions or swirling it so the colors blend together. (This part is super fun, and the kids LOVE it!) Set the paper aside to dry completely.


paint a night sky background using watercolor paints


4. After the painted background has completely dried, it’s time to paint your tree. I love using black india ink– it’s so smooth to paint with and gives the tree a really solid, dark look. BUT, it stains! If you’re doing this with a large class and don’t have a lot of parent help, it would be safer to use black tempera paint (which works just fine).  Paint your tree silhouette right over your watercolor background.


paint a black tree silhouette over the watercolor background


5. Take out your white paint. (Acrylic paint will stand out more, but white tempera paint will work too.) Use a really fine brush to place small dots all over the sky. Use a thicker brush to add a few larger dots in the sky. These are your stars (or your dreams if you’re basing this on The BFG. ) If you want the white dots to look like snow, you can paint some on the tree and some white along the ground.


Starry Nigh Sky Art Project for Kids

Let your artwork dry and display it proudly!

Starry Night Sky and Tree Art Activity for Kids


Dream Tree Art Activity for Kids inspired by Disney's The BFG movie

Dream Tree Art Project for Kids inspired by Disney's The BFG

Starry Night Sky Art Project for Kids: Use watercolors to make this nighttime star and tree scene. Perfect for preschool, kindergarten and up! (Can also be transformed into a winter tree.) ~


  1. I LOVE this project. Even very young children are able to produce amazingly beautiful work, Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Kelsey Diltz says:

    Can you do these on Canvas or will the watercolors not stick to them?


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