Patriotic Star Craft Suncatcher or Wand

Planning a trip to a holiday parade? Looking for a pretty way to add some red, white, and blue to your windows for the Fourth of July? Or maybe you’re making a big display in your classrom? This patriotic star craft is an easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers, and you can use it in many ways. Materials Affiliate links included Sticky contact paper Silver glitter Red and blue tissue paper squares Ribbon (we used silver) Wood Dowel (optional)-We used square {Read More}

Red White and Blue Process Art

We’re seeing red, white, and blue everywhere we go, and Tinker has been especially fascinated with learning how to make stars. One afternoon I set up a simple process art activity to help her practice making her own stars before diving in to create her own red white and blue masterpiece for the Fourth of July. Materials (Affiliate links included) Large white poster board or paper Patriotic washi tape Tempera paint Assorted paint brushes Glitter glue Create Your Own Process {Read More}

Washi Star Necklace 4th of July Craft

I’ve mentioned before that my kids are tape-aholics. We go through tons of tape around here, and I always love to see what kinds of creations the girls come up with using our tape collection. Whether they are creating independently or we’re doing a craft project together, they always come up with something clever. When I saw this patriotic washi tape recently I knew we could have some fun making a 4th of July craft. Our playtime turned into these {Read More}

Yarn-Wrapped Stars Fourth of July Craft

I’ve mentioned before that Tinker loves to “sew” but she’s not quite ready for traditional sewing projects. Instead we’ve tried a variety of projects using yarn and threading of sorts. Yarn-wrapped crafts have been some of her favorites. In the past we’ve made yarn-wrapped eggs, ornaments, and fish. Today we’re sharing a pretty yarn-wrapped star that makes a great Fourth of July craft decoration or necklace for kids. We started by hot gluing a star shape with five wood stirrer {Read More}

Fireworks Activities for Kids

I personally love fireworks. As my girls have gotten older and used to the loud noise, they’ve started enjoying fireworks, too.  In anticipation of the Fourth of July, we’ve been doing some fireworks activities. Here is a collection of some of our favorites around the web. You’ll find sensory play ideas, fireworks arts and crafts, and even some creative firework-inspired foods. Sensory Play Fireworks Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning Firework Bubble Sensory Play from Momma’s Fun World Popping Fireworks {Read More}

Patriotic Crafts

Today we’re featuring posts from the Discover & Explore Red, White & Blue theme. These kid-friendly crafts are a great way to help young kids celebrate patriotic holidays like Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, President’s Day, or Veteran’s Day. And they’re super cute, too!   Patriotic Spirit Wands (Buggy and Buddy) Banner (Imprints from Tricia) Rocket Craft–I love what they used these for! (SippyCupMom.com for Gummylump.com) Red, White & Blue Shakers (Rocks, No Salt Mommy) Noise Maker (School Time Snippets) American Flag Craft (Gift {Read More}

Soldier Craft for Veterans Day

To go along with all of our patriotic activities this week, we made a very simple Veterans Day craft. I love that the kids did almost all of it by themselves, and they had a lot of fun playing with their mini veterans when they were done. These cute soldiers were the inspiration for our craft. Beforehand I cut a 9 x 12 inch piece of brown construction paper in half. One half was enough paper for each child. I {Read More}

Teaching Kids About Veterans Day: Resources and Ideas

Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor and give thanks to those who have served or are serving in the military. Sandwiched between the excitement of Halloween and Thanksgiving, this day can sometimes go unnoticed by kids, but I am trying to help my girls understand its significance. There are some very simple and age-appropriate ways we can teach young kids to show respect and appreciation to veterans. Here are some ideas. Talk with Kids About Veterans Help kids understand {Read More}

Uncle Sam Craft

To go along with our patriotic theme this week, we talked a little about Uncle Sam. I shared a few tidbits of information about this American symbol from Ben’s Guide, and we looked at some pictures together. The kids did their best impressions of the famous Uncle Sam poster. Then we made this cute Uncle Sam mask from Busy Bee Kids Crafts. As we did this craft we discussed the shapes of the paper we were using, patterns, our national {Read More}

Patriotic Activities

With Election Day and Veterans Day this week we are doing a few different patriotic activities. We aren’t getting too political with it, just discussing some of the major symbols of the United States of America. Red, White and Blue Tot Trays Some of our trays this week are red, white, and blue. We are talking a lot about red, white, and blue being our national colors. These trays help the kids practice counting, sorting, color recognition, patterning, and fine {Read More}