Friday, June 14, 2013

Stars and Stripes ~ Fourth of July (Bouquet Event)

This was a fun kiddo event that we did last summer but the next day we were evacuated due to a fire in our area so I was not able to post it until a couple weeks after the 4th of July. I wanted to re-post it this year so that you can plan a fun Stars and Stripes event! There is another horrific fire in our town right now so please keep those evacuated and the amazing firefighters and police in your thoughts and prayers.
Here are a few ideas for a
Stars and Stripes (Fourth of July) Event for
Sprouts and Seedlings (toddler/preschool and elementary age)...

We started out learning the song “This Land is Your Land” with hand motions. Check out this link of a kindergarten class singing it - wish I would have recorded our kiddos singing it.
We then put some vinegar, food coloring (red in one, blue in another) and penne noodles in a tub to dye for our Noodle Necklaces. The kids had fun shaking the tubs to get the color on the noodles. We set them out to dry and then got to work on our…
 Red White Blue Tissue Lantern
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Glass jars (we have been saving pasta, pickle, etc jars)
Red, White, Blue tissue paper
Modge podge (or glue mixed with water)
Foam/paint brushes
Tea lights (we used battery powered ones)
Cut tissue paper into squares
Put modge podge on plate/bowl
1. Use brush to paint modge podge on a section of the jar.
2. Stick tissue squares on top of the modge podge.
3. Repeat to cover the jar.
4. Add a layer of modge podge on top of the tissue squares.
5. Light or turn on the tea light and place inside the jar.


 Yogurt and Berries US Flag SNACK
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Vanilla or plain yogurt
Blue and Red Ice cubes (made from juice)
*We also had red, white and blue goldfish
Freeze blue and red ice cubes
Cut fruit
Put dollop of yoghurt and berries on plates
Put red and blue ice cubes in water cups
1. Kids spread their yoghurt out flat into a rectangle.
2. Then they use their berries to create a flag!
3. Then of course they gobble it down!

We did the next three crafts in centers with and a helper at each one.
The kids rotated to each center and then we had a
parade around our street!

Noodle Necklaces
Noodle necklaces are a classic craft for kids and we have made them at several holidays (ie. Green for St. Patrick’s Day). I am always looking for kids to be involved more in the whole process so I had them dye the noodles ~ they loved it and it cut down on the prep!
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Penne pasta
Food coloring (we used red and blue)
Tub (with a lid)
Plastic kids needle (or check out Happy Hooligans for her easy straw needle)
Thread needles on the yarn
Tie one noodle to the end of the yarn
1. Add a little bit of vinegar (maybe a tablespoon) and several drops of food coloring to a tub.
2. Add the noodles and lid. *Save some noodles plain for the white ones. Pass the tub around and have the kids shake until the color is on the noodles.
3. Set out to dry – if it is hot this won’t take long!
4. Kids thread the noodles on the yarn. Tie off when finished and wear with pride!

 Fabric/Ribbon Flags
I was looking for an easy way for them to make flags and the rubber band around the top worked well. Some of the smaller kids just needed help holding the rubber band out and they slid the fabric/ribbon through!
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Small dowels
Rubber bands
Fabric/Ribbon cut into 12-24ish” long strips
Cut fabric/ribbon
Wrap a rubber band around the top of a dowel
1. Kids pull up part of the rubber band and slide a piece of fabric/ribbon through.

2. Pull on the fabric/ribbon so it goes half way through.
3. Repeat until flag looks full!

*optional ~ We also added small bells to the ends of pipe cleaners and put these through the rubber bands

Pipe Cleaner Hats
The Stuff
The Prep
The FUN!
Red fabric or craft foam (3” by 24”)
Red, blue, silver pipe cleaners
Duct tape
2 paper clips/kid
*optional ~sticker
Cut red fabric in strips
1. Kids twist the pipe cleaners around their fingers to make a spiral.

2. Turn the red fabric so that the wrong side is showing. Lay the pipe cleaners down on the fabric so the ends go about half way down.
3. Put a piece of duct tape across the pipe cleaners to attach to the fabric.
4. Flip to the front side and add stickers if you wish.
5. Size to the kiddos head and attach with two paper clips on the back.
Wear hat for the parade!

More ideas…
Check out Child Care Lounge for songs!

We sang Wave and an adapted version of Red, White, and Blue!

Have a Parade while singing songs!

 Firework Straw Painting

Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the
Stars and Stripes (Fourth of July) Event!

Happy Crafting

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