4th of July !

Flag Place Mat

I love making these inexpensive place mats, they really stand up to an amazing amount of abuse,wipe clean and are an inexpensive way to decorate your table for any holiday. One tip, wait until the glue is all dry before putting the contact paper on, I wasn’t patient and the glue squished.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece of paper towel, some red, white and blue paper, a star paper punch, scissors, glue and contact paper.
  2. Start by cutting your blue paper into a square that takes up almost a quarter of the upper left corner of your paper towel.
  3. Cut your red paper into stripes, some long, some short.
  4. Punch stars out of your white paper
  5. Add glue to your blue
  6. Add the stars
  7. Add glue for the stripes and start adding them.
  8. Let dry ( do not skip this step, you’ll get squished glue marks like me, learn from my oops).
  9. Cover with contact paper. The way that works best I think is to place on piece of contact paper on your table , lay the flag face down so there are no bubbles, then sandwich it with another piece. Press hard and trim.


” How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world” by Marjorie Priceman cost me a total of 15 cents at a thrift store. It is worth so much more than that. This book is a gem! Perfect for older preschoolers who are getting a sense of the world beyond their own home and city, this book takes you on a ride around the world! You follow the little girl to Italy, France , Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica and back to Vermont! As soon as I read this my mind was racing with classroom activities ! I will be posting some soon. I LOVE this book, I just wish I had read it when I was still teaching it would have been so much fun to teach geography with!

“How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA”
by Marjorie Priceman didn’t disappoint one bit. I was worried after falling in love with the previous book that this couldn’t live up to my expectations. It did! This time she wasn’t looking for ingredients for the pie, but rather materials for her tools. She gathered wood in Washington for her rolling pin, cotton in Louisiana for pot holders granite in New Hampshire for her pastry slab and more. What I wasn’t expecting of this book and loved was how she gathered natural resources and then processed them to make what she needed. I think this is a wonderful lesson about manufacturing and could be used for a launchpad for learning about so much more. Another gem I will be adding to my must buy list.

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  1. [email protected]'s Explore says

    We love 'How to Make an Apple Pie'…I had no idea there was a USA version! On my library list! 🙂

  2. Jenn Klee says

    This is so fun. I did a project like this for Thanksgiving with my students a couple of years ago but we used dry leaves over a black piece of construction paper; it looked pretty trendy 😉

  3. Melissa says

    we will DEFINITELY be making these – so much easier than washing the table a gazillion times a day! 🙂 we have the big book version of "how to make an apple pie" and LOVE it!

  4. Brooke says

    I just love your blog and I have shared with all my friends with small children. We just started the alphabet today with my little girl who is two and we did the alligator A!! so much fun! I can't wait to do more. you should think about creating a book with all of this stuff in it! I am sure it would be a #1 best seller! thank you so much.

    Brooke Bagley


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