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Wednesday
Jul012015

Independence Day in Style!

Here's a quick little craft to show your patriotic spirit!  You'll need a plain t-shirt and fabric paint.

 

I probably should have washed and dried this shirt before we did this craft, but alas, I am lazy and did not (Please pardon my wrinkles).  It's really quite a simple process that doesn't need much explaination. 

Simply use your childs handprint for the blue section of the flag, and then have them paint the stripes in red.  I mixed in a bit of glitter paint, because as I have previously stated, I am a sucker for glitter.  Let dry for at least 24 hours before wearing.  You may want to iron the image (use parchment paper as a buffer) 

 

 

Monday
Jun292015

Easy Song to Memorize the Presidents of the United States

Last President's Day, my son came home from school with a song that he used to memorize all the Presidents of the United States. Now, he is teaching his little five year old sister and I am even starting to learn (sadly I do not know!) all the Presidents of the United States.

The song is sung to Yankee Doodle. Click on the image below for a downloadable printable of the lyrics. Check out our Facebook page for a video of my son singing the song! It is catchy and addicting! It is so much fun to hear my children singing and knowing all the Presidents of the United States!

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday
Jun162015

How To Make A Stained Glass American Flag

I loved making stained glass decorations with my children. We are in full gear getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July and thought Stained Glass American Flags would add to our patriotism.

 Materials:

  • Cardstock Outline of an American Flag
  • Clear contact paper
  • Red, white, and blue tissue paper
  • White cardstock for the stars
  • Scissors

To Make:

1. Cut out the outline of an American Flag. I used my Silhouette to cut out the shape.

2. Cut out two pieces of clear contact paper that are both the same shape. They should be slightly bigger than your American Flag cutout.

3. Cut out small squares out of the red, white, and blue tissue paper. Place the colored squares onto the American Flag. The tissue paper will stick to the contact paper.

4. Cut out small stars out of white cardstock. Place onto the blue tissue paper. We did not need to use glue since the stars stuck to the contact paper.

5. When the flag is finished, place the 2nd piece of contact paper over the finished design and cut out. I like to cut just a bit outside of the outline to keep all the sides stuck together.

6. Hang and enjoy!


Tuesday
Jul022013

4th of July Game: Nickel Hunt

I'm a teacher and a learner. It is important to me that I somehow tie learning into my daily activities with my children. The best way to learn is through play and within the context of our daily lives. This 4th of July hunt is fun while also providing the opportunity to learn about a famous person that is instrumental force in our independence.

In preparation of the hunt, gather your spare nickels and hide them around your home or yard.

Gather the children around you and show them a nickel. Explain who Thomas Jefferson was and why he is important to the 4th of July celebrations. {Honestly, when I do these type of discussions, it leads to my son asking me questions that I don't know the answer to. Sometimes, with him, I swear I do not know anything!} I try to not make these discussions long at all... it's more as an informal FYI and then periodically during the day I may ask them random questions about our discussion to see what they remember.

Give each child a bag and set them loose to find the nickels. I let them keep the nickels for their spending or savings banks.

It's a win-win game... win for the kids because they get to keep the money and win for the parents because it's cheap!



Thursday
Jun272013

Patriotic Stick Flag

We made a fun and easy flag out of tongue depressor sticks. It was super easy and the kids love having them hang on their bedroom doors.

How To Make a Patriotic Stick Flag

Items Needed:

  • red, white, and blue paint and brushes
  • tongue depressor sticks (found at any craft store)
  • white cardstock
  • star paper punch or a paper cutting machine (I used my Silhouette)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • string of any type to hang the flag

 

Directions:


1. Paint three sticks red and two sticks white. Let dry.

2. Using scissors, cut three sticks into half. You will need to use three for the flag and two to glue the flag onto.

3. Paint three half sticks blue and let dry.

4. Cut out small white starts on white cardstock.

4. When paint is dry, take two of the cut sticks and align vertically.

5. Starting with a red stick, glue down red, white, red, white, and red horizontally onto the two vertical steps.

6. Glue down the blue sticks with the rounded corner on outside, lining up with the sticks below.

7. Glue down stars.

8. Let glue completely dry.

9. Cut a string large enough to glue onto the flag and still have enough room to hang around a door knob.

10. Using the hot glue gun, glue down the ends of the string onto the back two vertical sticks.

11. Admire the handiwork!