American Flag Crafts For Kids

4th of july craft  I am not an American citizen ( although I think I am going to take the plunge soon) but after living here for 12 years I love the 4th of July, it’s one of my very favorite holidays. My town kicks off the holiday with a street dance on the 3rd followed by a 5k race ( my favorite part) and, of course, a huge candy filled parade ( my kids’s favorite). I love making patriotic 4th of July crafts in anticipation and we will be making some fun ones this week. I thought I’d share my favorite American flag crafts with you today!

sponge painted american flag 4th of july craft

Sponge Painted American Flag

american flag sun catcher craft for 4th of july
American Flag Sticky Window Collage & Suncatcher

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Flag Hunt

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Crayon Resist American Flag Craft

American flag place mat craft
American Flag Placemat

letter of the week
Flag F Letter Craft

American flag craft for toddlers 4th of july
Wrapping Paper Tube American Flag

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American Flag Cupcakes

American Flag Suncatcher – 4th of July Craft

american flag suncatcher 4th of julyI keep getting reminders about my town’s 4th of July Fun Run so today I decided it was time to dust of the red, white, and blue craft supplies and get busy. I have too many craft supplies in my house and this giant 4th of July American Flag Suncatcher did a great job of using up odds and ends and turning them into something amazing!  I think this flag is amazing. My kids are 5 ( today!) and 8 and they loved this but even toddlers will love this 4th of July craft.

Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, some washi tape or painter’s tape, some markers, and a BUNCH of fun red white and blue collage materials. We have sparkly foam, popsicle sticks, pom poms, foam hearts, paper circles, and more. 4th of july craft for kids

Peel the backing off the contact paper and tape it to the wall / window sticky side out.  Draw an outline of the flag on the sticky side of the  if needed. Pop the tray full of collage materials next to the contact paper. 4th of july sticky window art project

Start creating! Untitlesticky window 4th of july activity

It started slowly but then bam it really started looking amazing! 4th of july sticky wall 4th of july giant suncatcher

I even got the big guy in on the fun! 4th of july sun catcher craft

All done! american flag sun catcher craft for 4th of july

99 TV Free Summer Activities For Kids

99 TV FREE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS My kids watch too much TV. Technically it’s Netflix on the iPad but it’s the same problem. Working from home during the summer is a tricky place for many parents, myself included, we need to get stuff done, but we can only use screens so much each day, and hopefully none at all some days. I needed a cheat sheet for SIMPLE activities I can set up or gather the materials for in a pinch. I need things that I can have my kids do while I take a quick business call, things we can squeak in after a trip to the beach, or after dinner when it’s still light out. I don’t ban screens at all, but I don’t want school being out to be used as an excuse for MORE TV. These 99 TV Free Summer Activities are a huge mix of outdoor, indoor, quiet and boisterous play ideas. I hope you find something your kids LOVE.

playdough bug fossils

 

Add Fun Things To Regular Play Doh
Alphabet Slime
Backyard Safari
Backyard Target Practice
Bake Cookies
Become A Code Breaker
Become A Paleontologist

color science for kids
Become Color Scientists
Birdwatch
Blow ( and catch) Some Bubbles
Build with Loose Parts
Catch Fireflies

Shell Sorting
Collect and Sort Shells
Connect The Dots
Cook In The Sink
Dance Party
Decorate Your Driveway with Sidewalk Chalk
Do A Little Kitchen Science
Do A Word Search
Draw with the help of some catalogs
Driveway Graffiti

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Explore with A Water Table
Find Your Way Around A Maze
Flag Hunt
Go For A Bike Ride
Go On A Book Hunt
Go On A Sound Safari

art for kids
Go To An Art Museum ( click for tips)
Go To The Library
Go To The Playground
Go To The Pool
Go To The Zoo
Have An Art Show
Have a Toy Car Wash

five senses taste test activity
Have An Ice Cream Taste Test
Hex Bug Races
Hose Down Letters & Numbers
Hunt For Bugs
Hunt For Colors Outside
Lego Challenge
Make A Bird Bath
Make A Marshmallow Shooter

summer reading ideas
Make an Outdoor Book Nook
Make Cloud Dough
Make Flower Place Mats
Make Mud Soup

ocean themed crafts
Make Paperbag Jelly Fish
Make Some Bracelets
Make Some Muck
Make Some Princess Slime
Make Superhero Cuffs
Make Uncle Sam
Make Your Own Obstacle Course

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Melt Some Crayons In The Sun
Mix Colors With Play Clay
Nerf Gun Math
Outdoor Sight Word Hunt

jackson pollock style painting for toddlers
Paint Like Jackson Pollack
Paint Like Monet
Paint with Broccoli
Paint with Bugs

simple super crafts painting with nature
Paint with Flowers and Rocks
Paint with Fly Swatters
Paint With Trains
Paint with Water
Paper Plate Butterflies
Play Angry Birds – in real life!
Play Cards
Play Catch
Play Candyland

spelling game with connect four
Play Connect Four
Play Dominoes
Play Hide & Seek
Play I Spy
Play In The Arctic
Play Rhyming Tag
Play “Usual” Tag

rhyming board game FREE printable
Play This Game ( Print it out for free! )
Play With Lego
Play with Paper Dolls
Play with Play-Doh

outside learning
Play with Water Balloons
Pretend Play Camping
Print Out Our Summer Reading Bucket List and Read!
Read A Banned Book
Read & Draw Picnic
Read In A Blanket Fort
Run Through A Sprinkler
Shaving Cream Fireworks!

bubble bin sensory play
Stir Up Some Bubbles!
Trim Your Grass with Scissors
Twizzler Necklaces
Use a squirt gun for some science!
Use Kitchen Whisks To Make Bubbles
Use Sidewalk Chalk To Play With Letters
Walk Your Dog ( or your neighbor’s dog )

washi tape craft for kids
Washi Tape Lego!
Watch a movie and make a matching craft
Water Fight!

tv free activities for kids

27 Ocean Activities For Preschool

27 Ocean Activities For KidsWe live on an island and going to the beach is a pretty common outing for my kids, but learning all about the ocean is still exciting. The creatures, the sand, finding beach glass… it’s a new discovery every time we go. When we can’t go to the beach we can still explore it with fun at home activities. I have gathered our favorite ocean activities for kids in one spot for you to find some fun too!

fish craft for preschoolPaper Roll Fish Craft 

Shell Sorting

Shell Sorting 

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Ocean Shapes Mural

paper plate and pom pom octopus craft for kids

Paper Plate Octopus Craft

sea shells alphabet activity

Shell Play Dough Letters

star fish craft

Bubble Wrap Star Fish

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Ocean Sensory Play  

ocean themed crafts

Paper Bag Jellyfish

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Bubble Wrap School Of Fish

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Seahorse S 

classic letter fishing game

Alphabet Fishing Game 

ocean sensory tub

Ocean Watertable Play 

math games for kids shell game for 3 year olds

Shell Memory Math Game

jelly fish craft

Cupcake Liner Jellyfish

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Beach Sensory Tub 

letter crafts

Octopus O

beach activities

Shell Picture Frame 

kids crafts

Paper Plate Crab 

mod podge melts counting beach glass sensory bin

Beach Glass Sensory Play ( safe for little hands)

Shaving Cream Puffy Paint Fish

Puffy Paint Fish 

painting beach sea glass

Painting Sea Glass 

Walnut Shell Turtle

Walnut Turtles 

Paper Plate Jelly Fish

Paper Plate Jellyfish

Finger Print Fish Craft

Fingerprint Fish 

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Toothpick Sea Urchin 

Fish Craft for Kids

Fish Suncatcher 

snadpaper craft for kids

Magnetic Sandcastle 

 

18 Caterpillar & Butterfly Activities For Preschool { and Books too! }

butterfly and caterpillar ideas for preschool We are in the MIDDLE of learning all about bugs in my class and by FAR the favorites have been caterpillars and butterflies. They’re my daughter’s favorites too. I think that the fact that you can learn all about the lifecycle at such a young age has something to do with this. I like that as a teacher of really young children I can connect science, literacy, art, music, and movement into one theme so easily.

Here are my favorite caterpillar and butterfly activities for preschool.

paper plate butterfly with jewels

Easy Paper Plate Butterflies
egg carton caterpillars for kids

Clear Egg Carton Caterpillars

easy toddler crafts

Toddler Butterfly Craft 

caterpillar craft for kidsSize Order Caterpillar 
alphabet activities for kids

Alphabet Butterfly Garden Activity

monarch butterfly craft

Wooden Peg Monarch Butterfly 

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Butterfly Sensory Table

easy caterpillar craft for kids

Paint Stick Caterpillar 

spring crafts for kids

Coffee Filter & Colored Glue Butterfly 

butterfly life cycle

Fill in the Blank Life Cycles 

butterfly-craft

Handprint Butterfly 

color and match color matching activity for kids

Color Matching Butterflies 

Butterfly Cereal Necklaces

Cereal Butterfly Necklaces

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Caterpillar C Letter Craft 

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Fall Leaf Butterfly 

butterfly pasta

Pasta Butterfly Collage 

Bandaid Butterfly Craft

Band Aid Butterflies 

egg carton caterpillar classic craft

 

Classic Egg Carton Caterpillars

 

Books About Caterpillars and Butterflies For Kids

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very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic, that most preschool teachers like myself can recite from memory. It really is a fantastic book, not only does it explain the life cycle of a butterfly it also is useful for a lesson about the days of the week and healthy eating. Children love relating to the caterpillar who eats too many treats and ends up with a belly ache before eating one more healthy leaf and spinning a chrysalis.

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Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel is a lovely story about 2 friends who must part ways , in this case because one is a caterpillar who needs to build a chrysalis and the other an earthworm who needs to dig deep into the ground. What I like about this book is that it goes on to explain that the earth worm’s digging is vital for the trees to grow so that the caterpillar can eat the leaves and turn into a butterfly. I like the lesson about how we all play a part!

the crunching munching caterpillar

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain is another story about a caterpillar who is not happy with his lot in life. There is a fair bit of language that some parents would object to. This caterpillar is often reminded that he is too fat to fly- so that poses a few challenges to parents like myself who are trying to instill healthy body images as well as using respectful words with others in our children. I have dealt with this book in two ways, first by saying that the caterpillar is getting fat but it’s a good thing because he will be sleeping for a long time in his chrysalis and needs that fat to live. Also, I have simply replaced fat with big, a word that is much less ugly to many people’s ears.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heligiman is part of my favorite non-fiction for kids series ” Let’s Read and Find Out Science”.  I always grab these books at garage sales and thrift stores. In this edition, you follow a classroom of students observing a caterpillar as it metamorphosis into a butterfly. A classic spring activity for preschool age children to discover and learn about life cycles. Also a perfect match for your own Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden which I highly recommend and will be doing this year with my son. Reading non-fiction with your preschoolers is important as it teaches them seamlessly that writing and reading are not just for stories but for information too.

butterfly colors

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horaeck is such a wonderful book! I love the simple text and engaging story about a little girl who is trying to find the butterfly that she saw the day before. In her attempts, she finds many other colorful bugs in her garden. At the end of the book is a beautiful pop-up butterfly that will delight your little readers. I read this to a class of 2 and 3-year-olds who were glued to every page and both my kids who are 3 and 7 loved it as well.  Great book!