Supplies Needed; Brown and white paper, orange paper, wiggly eyes, pencil, scissors, and glue
trace and cut out two white and two brown hand prints. Cut out a large brown oval (for the body), and cut out a small orange triangle for the beak. Glue the brown hand prints to the side of the brown oval, then glue the white hand prints to the top and bottom. Finally glue on the beak and eyes, then allow to dry.
What is a Printable?
When searching for craft ideas, we often come across "printable" links. Printables are craft templates, created by other people, that are used to simplify your own projects. A printable can be free, or at a cost. They can be used for their intended purpose, or at your own creative leisure. Below are some examples of how we have used a free Fourth of July Printable link with a creative flair.
Click HERE to see the printable page we used.
Here are some craft Ideas using this printable
We used the printable to make spinning pinwheels, by using a push pin and a pencil, we also made stationary pinwheels and glued them onto a dried vine wreath to decorate our door. We also used the squares provided to create a banner, by cutting them out and gluing them to a piece of red ribbon.
We traced the child's hand (with fingers closed). Then offered the children red, blue, green, and black paint. We assisted them in painting their hand prints as thought they were flags. Once the paint had dried, we added a little glitter glue on the blue section to create stars.
We used glue and glitter to create a simple fireworks painting. We then assisted the children in writing "Happy 4th of July" on the top of their paper.
This is a great activity for toddlers. We used painters tape to section off a piece of white paper. We then supplied the children with red and blue paint. Once the paint was dry, we assisted them in peeling off the painters tape and affixing yellow stars to the blue section of their flag.
Supplies Needed; Blue, white, and red construction paper, glitter, glue, and scissors.
Give children red and white strips of paper, and a blue square. Ask them to glue the pieces into a flag shape, then assist them in decorating the flag with glitter.
We made a wind sock using strips of red, white and blue paper, white paper, red yarn and star shaped stickers. We placed the stars on one side, and glued the strips of paper on the opposite side of the paper, then glued the seam together to create a cylinder. We then used some yearn and a hole punch to hang the wind sock.
Backyard barbecues. Boisterous parades. Bright, colorful firework displays. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is anything but your average holiday.
By Lara Sokolowski
A Historic Event
One of the most celebrated events in the United States, the Fourth marks the day that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The written statement declared that the 13 North American colonies intended to separate from Britain. Penned by a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson, it signaled a break in colonial ties with Britain. Although representatives did not sign the declaration until August 1776, the Fourth of July stands as the official day to celebrate our nation's independence.
Until the declaration was signed, America was a part of the British Empire. But as the colonies grew, Americans felt that the British government was treating them unfairly. They felt that they were paying too much in taxes to Britain and thought the colonies should have a say in how things were governed.
By June 1776, Americans were tired of trying to work out an agreement with Britain. They were also tired of being told what to do, so they decided to write the Declaration of Independence.
The First Celebration
On July 8, 1776, the first celebration took place in Philadelphia. On that day, the declaration was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played. That summer, many towns marked the historic event with a mock funeral for the King of England. This symbolized the death of the monarchy and ushered in the days of liberty. Hundreds of years later, the national holiday remains important, as a day to pay tribute to the United States of America—its laws, heritage, history, and people.
A Patriotic Tradition
Many communities hold colorful parades complete with marching bands and patriotic speeches. Citizens hang American flags from their homes, and buildings are decorated in red, white, and blue. At night, booming firework displays, usually ending with a spectacular finale, can be seen at various parks and fairgrounds. Two of the biggest firework shows take place in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, and in New York City, on the East River.
Want to show your U.S. pride this Fourth of July? It's easy! First, put on your favorite red, white, and blue clothes. Next, ask your mom or dad to hang the flag outside your apartment or house, or line the driveway with mini flags. Then, find a holiday parade or festival in your neighborhood. And don't forget to map out a good spot in the park (or even in front of the TV) to watch those dazzling fireworks!
Did You Know?
• Independence Day was not declared a legal holiday until 1870. But that didn't stop people from celebrating!
• Work on the Erie Canal in 1817, the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument in 1848, and the laying of the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower all began on the Fourth of July.
• The city of Boston, Massachusetts, first commemorated Independence Day on March 5, 1783, the day of the Boston Massacre.
• Fireworks were made in China as early as the 12th Century! The Chinese originally used them for war rockets and explosives.
• There were 13 original colonies. Can you name them all?