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Uncle Sam Memorial Day Craft Project

Uncle Sam Memorial Day Craft Project

In honor of Memorial Day coming up, Tyler and I created an Uncle Sam craft to celebrate.  This was lots of fun and involved more steps than some of our past crafts. At 4, Tyler definitely appreciated this. Plus, since this project involved painting, it gave us something to do while the paint dried. Check it out!

Labor Day Wreath Craft Project

With Labor Day coming up, T and I decided to make another patriotic craft project. I found this project on Pinterest, so if you remember my Things to do Before 32 post, this helps me with one of my things to do. Our patriotic wreath combines two of my 3 year old's favorite things to do: glue things and tear things up. It actually looks pretty cute too!! T liked it so much he actually asked to make a second one and was all set to make a third when bedtime rolled around. So check out how you can make a patriotic wreath to decorate for Labor Day.

What You Need

Red, white, and blue construction paper

Paper plate

Glue

Star cookie cutter or any star shape you can trace

Pencil

Scissors

What To Do

1. The first step is to cut out the center of the plate. I did this by bending it in half, cutting a slit, and then cutting out the center of the plate.

2. Next, your kids can rip up small pieces of the red and blue paper.

3. Help your kids spread the glue all over the plate and then let them attach the ripped up pieces of paper all over the plate.

4. While your kid is busy gluing on the scraps of paper, you can trace and cut out 3 white stars from the white paper.

5. When your plate is fully covered to your child's liking, glue on the 3 stars for a fun patriotic wreath.

This is a super fun project for Labor Day or Memorial Day, 4th of July, or any day you want to be patriotic. You can check out our other patriotic craft projects here and here.  As I said, my toddler liked it so much he wanted to keep making more. He really loves tearing and gluing. Older kids can get more involved by helping with the tracing and cutting as well. You can also challenge them to create cool mosaic type patterns with the red and blue papers instead of just random pasting. This is another great project when you have limited supplies but want something fun and festive.

Try it out and let me know if your child enjoys it!

Cheers,

Emily

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Fourth of July Fireworks Craft

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, we are super excited to celebrate with family and friends. This will also be Hailey's first 4th of July, so she has a new outfit and head band for the occasion. You will see pics of it on Facebook next week! Tyler is an old pro at 4th of July celebrations and he loves burgers. In order to get him excited about the day, we decided to do a fireworks craft project. Here's everything you need to know to do the project yourself!

What you'll need:

White paper

Washable paint

Paper towel or toilet paper roll

Paper plate

Scissors

How to make it:

1. First mom or dad or some other adult will need to cut slits along the edge of the paper roll. They should be about 2 inches long and spaced pretty close together. It should look like this:

2. Splay out the strips that you created so that it looks like an exploding firework. You have now created your firework stamper.

3. Pour some paint out onto a paper plate. This will be your stamp pad.

4. Dip your stamp into the paint and then stamp it onto your paper to create fireworks. You may need to use your fingers to push down the individual strips. This can get messy, but that's part of the fun!!

5. You can cut up multiple tubes with different length slots for different sizes of fireworks. You can also use multiple plates for multiple colors or put multiple colors on one plate for a multicolored firework.

We will also be whipping out our red, white and blue placemats for the occasion. You can see how we made those here!

We are all set for a fun filled 4th of July weekend. Tomorrow we will be going to the Westchester Children's Museum for more 4th of July crafts. Then Sunday were heading to a beach club for music, fun and fireworks. Monday we'll be bbqing with friends and family.

We hope you all have a fun filled 4th of July weekend with friends and family! See you next week!!

Cheers,

Emily

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Memorial Day Craft Project 

This week T and I created our Memorial Day craft project. I had several Americana themed craft projects in mind, but we selected this one because it is useful and doesn't involve fireworks. We are saving our firework themed project for 4th of July. So what did we make? Red, White and Blue placemats.

Here's what you will need:

Ruler

Scissors

Glue

2 sheets of blue construction paper

1 sheet each of red and white construction paper

Contact paper

How to Make Two Placemats:

1. First measure out 1 inch strips on the blue papers so that the strips will be the long way. Cut them out.

2. Measure 1 inch strips on the red and white paper so the strips are the short way.

3. Start with either a red or white strip. Take each blue strip alternately glue them to the red or white strip switching between on top and under the strip. See picture below.

4. Alternate weaving the red and white strips into the blue strips.  Glue the ends of the short strips to the blue.

5. When you get to the last strip, glue the ends of all the blue strips to the last strip. We ended up with one extra strip each of the red and white when we completed the placemats.

6. Once completed and the glue has dried you can cover the placemat with contact paper so that it can withstand spills. Below is the finished placemats without the contact paper as the contact paper caused a glare.

T had a lot of fun with this project. He especially enjoyed the gluing. Since he is also a big fan of cleaning, he also enjoyed wiping up any excess glue.  We worked on the weaving part together. This was an easy project to complete while the baby napped.

Since we plan on bbqing this weekend, these placemats will come in handy! You can also reuse them for Independence Day, Labor Day and any other patriotic celebration.  The project is easily scalable to make enough placemats for the whole family.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!

See you on Tuesday!

Cheers,

Emily

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