Wednesday, June 26, 2013

4th of July Paper Lanterns Kid's Craft in Red, White and Blue

Stories to share:
Hurray for the Fourth of July by Wendy Watson
Mouse's Birthday by Jane Yolen
Phoebe's Parade by Claudia Mills

Songs: "Way up in the Sky" sung to Row, Row, Row your Boat
Wave, wave, wave the flag.
Hold it very high.
Watch the colors gently wave, Way up in the sky.
March, march, march around,
Hold the flag up high, Wave, wave, wave the flag.
Way up in the sky.
(from Perry Public Library Story time)

Yankee Doodle

Thanks Jamie, from  These are adorable and perfect for my Pre-K class this week!

{Paper Lantern Kid’s Craft***4th of July Style}
by Jamie on June 26, 2011
Here is a fun Kid’s Craft for your upcoming 4th of July Festivities-Summer Paper Lanterns, 4th of July Style.

Supplies You will need to make the Paper Lanterns:
-Cardstock in Red, White and Blue
-A ruler
-Star punch or Star Stickers
-A pencil
-Glue Sticks
-Festive Ribbon
Step One:
Fold your cardstock in Half Lengthwise.  Then take your ruler and draw lines from the fold, leaving an inch from the end of your line and the edge.  Leave about .75 inch on each side. Step 2: Have the kids cut on the line, stopping when the line ends, not through to the edge:)  (This is great cutting practice)
*Little brother had to join…this photo is so funny because he has been wearing that monster hat (we have a green and pink one) for days…he refuses to take it off, even during nap time!
Step 3:  Unfold your paper and then with the folded bumps on the outside, tun inward and attach at the top and bottom.  Then staple both the top and bottom a couple of times. You should now have a paper lantern to decorate!  I was thinking you could make these look Hawaiian by using bright colors and adding flowers, or if you are throwing a birthday party you could easily match these lanterns to your theme. We added stars by using punched out star shapes in red, white, blue, and silver.  The kids just glued on the stars with gluesticks, but you could even purchase some star stickers.
We also added some festive ribbon on the top and bottom with a stapler and attached a 1 inch strip of cardstock for the handle.
And there you have it, a very easy kid’s craft for the summer…that you can even display in your home:)

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