First, there was no mess. It was a simple craft with minimal supplies - in fact, we had all the supplies we needed on hand already.
Second, there was tons of "hidden learning". This was mostly for Jake, but still - learning is learning, even for the big kids. They worked on fine motor skills (there is a lot to cut!), they sorted the stars from biggest to smallest - and then had to put them on in a simple pattern, and they had to use a needle carefully. Simple things, I know - but in summer months it's always good to keep hands and minds occupied. Like water, a mind can grow stagnent without use. :)
Here is how we did it:
These look so much prettier in real life than in the photos - they made a great decoration in our livingroom!