A Guiding Light

Activity Objective

To recognize the North Star as a guiding light

Lesson Outcome

The children will be able to identify the significance of the North Star in their own lives.


  • Pre-cut yellow paper stars
  • Hole punch
  • Strips of ribbon
  • Pencils, pens
  • Markers, crayons
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  • Ask the children to recall what they know of the Wise Men's journey and the significance of the North Star.
  • Take a moment to remind the children that the North Star gives us a sense of direction and reminds us that we have Jesus as our guide.
  • Invite the children to think of a special person in their lives who acts as a guide or mentor. Suggest a parent, older sibling, relative, teacher, and so on. Encourage the children to think of someone who is always there to help them out in times of confusion or when faced with a problem.
  • Provide each child with a cut-out of a yellow paper star.
  • Ask the children to write on one side of the star: Thank you, ________, for being a guiding light in my life. Have the children include a special note to the person they are thanking.
  • Ask the children to decorate the other side of the star with bright colors and glitter.
  • Consider punching holes at the top of each star and tying a ribbon through it, so that the stars can be used as Christmas ornaments.
  • Encourage the children to give the star to their special person.

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart, Self Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

20 minutes


Try to have the stars cut out and hole punched before starting the activity.