Make a Star and play the Safe Sea Voyage game


The boy in I’ll Catch You If You Fall wants to keep his star safe. Here’s how you can make a little star of your own to look after. And while you’re waiting for your star to set, try playing the Safe Sea Voyage board game!

1. Sea Stars

You’ll need:

– Star-shaped ice cube mould (Ikea currently sells a good one)

– Glitter

– Ink

– Baby pasta stars

– Plaster of Paris – plus water and an old container and spoon for mixing

Here’s what to do:

1. Sprinkle a little glitter and a pinch of pasta stars into your mould.

2. Add a drop of coloured ink (N.B. too much ink may make the plaster too wet, so don’t go mad!)

3. Mix the plaster of Paris; two parts plaster to one part water. (Tip: gradually add the powder to the water, rather than the other way around. Let all the powder sink in first – once you stir it, the setting process begins!)

4. Carefully pour the plaster mixture into your mould.

5. Wait about 1 hour for the plaster to set, then pop out your sturdy little star!

Will you put it in your pocket or find a special little box in which to keep your star safe?

Twinkle, twinkle, little star! How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.


2. Safe Sea Voyage board game

Click on the black and white image to download a pdf of the game board. The sheet includes instructions and can be printed onto A3 paper.

You’ll also need:   – Dice

Optional :

– Coloured crayons/pens/pencils, if you want to colour in the board
– Scissors, if you want to cut out the tokens on the sheet
– Bottle tops, if you want to make your tokens more sturdy

I wonder if you’ll catch a fish?

One, two, three, four, five – once I caught a fish alive!
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten – then I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger, so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.