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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Patriotic Fun ideas for kids

Since we are homeschoolers, we love to be learning something year-round. One thing we do more of in the summer is crafts. We've done lapbooks, and all sorts of cutting and painting crafts. Here are some of my favorite patriotic crafts that we have done in past years. Enjoy!

Here is a FREE lapbook you can do for the 4th of July (or around there :-D): http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/lapbooks/united_states_flag.htm
It could be great for flag day too (which is past, June 14) since it is a lot about the history of the flag.

Here are some fun craft ideas:


Paint popsicle sticks in red and white, the same amount (5 or 6 of each.)
Paint a few wooden stars (found at craft store) with white acrylic paint.
Paint half of each 5 popsicle sticks blue (one side blue, one side red or white). OR you can paint the smaller popsicle sticks that are half-size and glue them on top of the red & white stripes. When all paint is dry, glue popsicle sticks in alternating colors (red, white, red...) then glue white stars onto blue square corner. Hot glue a piece of red, white or blue ribbon on back.


Another idea is to make a patriotic wreath out of stars. Using star shaped tracers or stencils, trace different sized stars on red, white and blue foam. Cut a piece of cardboard into a circle for the wreath backing. Hot glue stars onto cardboard, being sure to completely cover it and overlap the stars. Add buttons in red, white and blue into middle of stars. Add a tied patriotic ribbon on one side. Glue a small ribbon on back of cardboard to hang wreath from- viola! A simple patriotic wreath!

We also made a trivia game from questions on the internet, and it helps us remember parts of U.S. history from year to year. My hubby is bad at it because he had a terrible history teacher in school. I loved U.S. history!

Family Fun has lots of neat t-shirt ideas too.They have printables and recipes too. You can find them here. I saw this wreath today and you can find directions for it here. Maybe next year...

Do you have any patriotic fun or decorating ideas to share?

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