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!
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.
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!
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:
2 sheets of blue construction paper
1 sheet each of red and white construction 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!