4th of July Craft For Kids

 

sponge painted american flag 4th of july craft

Fun 4th of July crafts for kids.

  1. Gather your materials. For this flag on the top you will need some white paper, blue construction paper, a sponge, red and white paint and scissors.
  2. Cut the sponge into a long strip and a star. As you can see the star doesn’t need to be perfect!
  3. Cut a small square out of the blue construction paper.
  4. Using the white paint sponge paint white stars on the blue paper. Set aside.
  5. Using the long sponge and red paint paint red stripes onto a white paper.
  6. Glue the Blue paper onto the red and white one and voila you made a cool flag!

  1. Gather your materials. For this flag you will need some white paper, a white crayon , blue and red paint and a paint brush.
  2. Using your white crayons draw lots of long stripes, leaving the area for the stars blank. Then add the stars. This can be hard to do but remember to press hard so that there is a lot of wax.
  3. Carefully paint with blue paint over JUST the stars.
  4. Carefully with red paint paint over the stripes. If the stripes or stars aren’t showing through keep wiping off any extra paint and the crayon should appear.

 

We Will We Will Rock You!

 


We are very lucky to have fantastic neighbors to come over and do crafts that might be a little hard for a toddler to manage. This is a great activity for Preschoolers and School age kids!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some rocks, paint, paintbrushes, pipe cleaners, sequins, glue, paper , googley eyes , sparkles and a hot glue gun.
  2. Paint your rock and let dry before gluing anything on.
  3. Add some sequins .
  4. Bend your pipe cleaners into antennae.
  5. Hot glue it onto the rock, please don’t let even older children do this, I burnt my finger today and man did it hurt!
  6. Hot glue the eyes on.
  7. Add some sparkles!
  8. Add the finishing touches, we made wings out of paper hearts!


Books!
Today’s books are all by Sandra Boynton, her books are fun, short and perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. Also as you can see they are an easy read for an older child to read to a younger one.

” Doggies” The simplicity of this book makes me angry that I didn’t think of it! Brilliant and my son begged to have it read to him 3 times !

” Horns To Toes And In Between” is a cute and novel body part book, pointing out all our favorite body parts, the best being our belly buttons of course.” Moo , Baa , La La La ! “Another brilliant and cheeky little book for your toddler to love. My son has already figured out that it’s funny to say that a dog says ” Bock Bock” knowing full well a dog barks! This book is in that same spirit !

 

 

Zebra Z !!

Zebra Z!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of white paper, some black paint, a black marker,scissors, some black pipe cleaners, something to paint with like a sponge or brush, and a piece of construction paper.
  2. Draw or have your child draw a fat Z
  3. Draw a Zebra head, don’t worry about it being perfect!
  4. Start painting the stripes.
  5. Glue pipe cleaner pieces on as the mane, you could use paper strips or yarn for this too.
  6. Cut the Z out .
  7. Glue everything onto a piece of construction paper!
Additional Alphabet Activities

Playing with letters, seeing letters and print in their environment is a really important part of early literacy. Providing a print rich environment helps to teach your child that words are not just for stories that letters, words and print is used by us in practically everything we do. Point letters out to your child, have scavenger hunts – just have fun and you will be amazed by how naturally they will learn.

One of our favorite things to do is play with bath letters. My son’s favorite game is to squirt these letters off the wall with bath squirters, but of course despite my efforts I couldn’t get that on video! Here is a short clip to show you that the simplest of “games” can be fun and
educational!

Put A Lid On It !



Nature Jar!

Toddlers and Preschoolers love to find things, this activity uses that natural curiosity and combines it with some fresh air ! We went to a nearby beach but you can do this at a park, forest or even your own backyard!

  1. Gather your materials. All you need is a glass jar and somewhere to discover nature!
  2. Start finding things to put in your jar. My son thought this clam shell was pretty cool but it was too big! I like to put a layer of sand or grass in first and then put larger things on top. With older children I would set out a mini scavenger hunt ( find 3 rocks, 5 leaves, 4 shells…) , toddlers will have a blast just picking things up and popping them in the jar.
  3. I tried to find all different shells, pointing out what color they were to my son, but he was more interested in rocks! Still I was shocked how well he walked along the beach searching for rocks to pop in!
  4. Keep going until the whining or in our case the rain starts.
  5. Pop the lid on and take the nature home with you to recount your day later!

* Recounting an activity is a great thing to do with your child, it is actually a very important skill and is important for early literacy , so sit down even with toddlers and pull out your jar and talk about what you did at the beach/park !

There Is Something In The Water

Fancy Foam Fish

This activity isn’t just about a fancy fish, putting on the sequins one by one is great for fine tuning fine motor abilities! Although some younger preschoolers would love this , I would probably not do this with toddlers, sequins have a way of finding there way onto tongues and into mouths!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of foam sheets, a marker, scissors, glue and some sequins. If you don’t have foam sheets fear not, plain old construction paper works too.
  2. Draw an outline of a fish on one piece of foam and cut out.
  3. Lay the first fish on the second piece of foam and draw a slightly larger outline and cut it out.
  4. Make small cuts into the tail for a 3D effect, don’t cut too far or you may cut the tail off!
  5. Cut a small mouth and hole for an eye. The larger outline underneath will make it look like there is a mouth and an eye! You could also use a gooley eye instead of cutting a hole. Glue the two pieces together.
  6. Add lots of glue dots!
  7. Add your sequins!


Books!

For some great books about Fish click here !

Song!

Shark Attack!


Baby Shark
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Baby Shark
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Mama Shark
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Mama Shark
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Daddy Shark
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Daddy Shark
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Here comes a Swimmer
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Here comes a swimmer
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SHARK ATTACK
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SHARK ATTACK
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No more Swimmer
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No more Swimmer
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Thanks for Dinner
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Thanks for Dinner
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