Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time





April 2016


Themes of this story include:

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Bed Time
  • Australian Animals




Words by Jane Taylor, illustrated by Mandy Foot

Night has come. The stars are out! Join an endearing little pygmy possum and together discover the magic of the Australian outback! Mandy Foot’s striking illustrations bring this classic lullaby to life! Originally taken from a poem written by the 19th century poet Jane Taylor, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a familiar and much loved song that Mandy Foot has made truly Australian. Young children will adore her delightful and cheeky Australian animals, which come to life in a rich Australian landscape. Perhaps they will even try to sing along, as the little pygmy possum finds his way home by the twinkling star!


Key Message for Parents

Children Learn From Watching And Copying

During this early developmental stage, (0-2 years) a young child sees and hears everything we do! Being mindful of the words we choose, the things we eat and how we behave will help set a good example. You are your child’s first teacher!

By 15 months a toddler will normally have the motor and cognitive skills to begin to mimic our actions. This process of imitation or mimicry is a when a young child observes, processes the information, attempts it themselves, then practices. Of course there must be lots of praise and positive reinforcement as every effort is amazing (and often very cute!)

That is why singing and reading to your baby is very important! Repetition is important too. Your baby will show you which songs or books she/he likes. The more singing and reading you can fit into your day, the better! Perhaps Twinkle Twinkle Little Star will become a firm favourite!


Learning Outcomes

Outcome 5: Children Are Effective Communicators

  • Babies learn to communicate through watching and listening. By making time in the day for lots of stories and songs you can optimise their language development. Babies love to listen, so talk to your baby about what you are doing, whether its changing a nappy, feeding, or shopping!
  • When communicating with babies, use eye contact and lots smiles. Babies also enjoy a singsong tone of voice, often referred to as ‘parentese’.
  • The more you communicate with your baby the better they will become at communicating themselves!


Before Reading
Make sure babies and parents are seated comfortably- you might like to sing a “getting ready to listen” song. This one is sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! Alternatively a bell or triangle could signal story time and gain baby’s attention.

“Let’s get ready, it’s time to look, Settle down and read a book!”

Todays story is called Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It is based on the well-known lullaby, which was originally written over 100 years ago by English poet Jane Taylor.

During Reading
On every page of this book, Mandy Foot has painted a little star. You could play a little game as you read, asking “Where oh where is that star? Is it there – no! Is it there? –No! Oh here it is, Hurray! Encourage parents to clap with their babies as you find the star! You could use a small torch and shine it onto the star for extra effect! Babies will tune into sounds which alternate in pitch, so be mindful when using your “reading voice”. How and when you can change your expression or volume. Try singing the book if you feel confident. Parents might like to join in with you!.

After Reading
Babies love sensory rhymes! Ask parents to hold their baby’s hand for this one!

Round and round the galaxy (circle with finger on baby’s palm)
Like a little star
Twinkle here; twinkle there (tickle hand, tickle arm)
Twinkle twinkle everywhere! (Tickle all over!)

As Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a lullaby, it might be an opportunity for parents to share or discuss Nighttime or bed time routines! Nighttime routines differ from family to family. Routines evolve over time and they are not set in stone, but tried and true rest time routines include a warm bath, a book, a lullaby and snuggly cuddle at bedtime. What is important for babies is that the routine is calming, consistent, and predictable. Encourage parents to share what works for them!

For full Learning Time download attached PDF

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