For the past few years, I have sung 小星星 (Xiǎo xīng xīng / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) to my children every night! This was one of the first Chinese songs that we learned when starting our Chinese language journey a little over 2 years ago. Therefore, I knew the song would be great for reading practice. Last year, with black construction paper, white crayons, and shiny star stickers, I set up an invitation-to-learn for my daughter! In addition to providing great practice with learning how to read lyrics, and improving fine motor precision, the constellation patterns turned out pretty!
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What you need:
How to prepare the 小星星 constellation sticker activity
- Fold construction paper into 4s
- Cut along creases.
- Write each character name with dashed lines with white crayon.
- Arrange characters in proper order
- Affix stickers to dashed lines
Note: This hands-on Chinese activity would perfect for a solar system learning unit! Additional recommended materials include:
- National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space (Chinese and English)
- Solar system magnets
- Solar system puzzle – 48 pieces
- Solar system puzzle – 100 pieces
- Solar system puzzle – 200 pieces Of these 3 puzzles, the last one is the best in my opinion. The pictures are most realistic and show the planets in proper order.
Below are the lyrics for 小星星 (Xiǎo xīng xīng / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) in English, simplified Chinese, and Pinyin. The song is part of a wonderful album, “A Little Mandarin”, which you can download here.
小星星 (Xiǎo xīng xīng / Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Lyrics
Mǎn tiān dōu shì xiǎo xīng xīng