I am a big fan of using props in story time! If it can be done quickly for 30+ kids, it is even better. These stars on a stick turned out really cute and with little effort. The toddlers love having props to hold and the glitter adds a little extra pizazz.
To make these yourself, you will need craft sticks, fun foam and glitter glue. After cutting out the star shapes, use Tacky glue to attach them to the craft sticks. While you can use paper stars instead of foam ones, you can't laminate the paper or they will pop right off. After the glue is dry, spread glitter glue around the edges of the stars to make them sparkle.
I use these in my story times when we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. If you don't like to sing, try the recording done by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell of Twinkle Twinkle on their Catch the Moon cd. These work great for many different ages, from 2-year olds through my sensory story time kids (ages 3-10).
If you are looking for an additional use for these, we will be making them in our toddler craft event this summer (for ages 2-3). The toddlers will use a glue dot to attach the star to a craft stick. Then they will spread glue from a glue stick on the star and dip in loose glitter.