Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Flag

We made simple flags to celebrate our country. 

July is officially here!

To celebrate America's Fourth of July, we made flags. We didn't use fabric or even glue, but just standard house stuff, so it was inexpensive.

Supplies

White paper or a blank flag
Tape or glue
Crayons or colored pencils
Ruler, if using a white piece of paper

The printed flag attempt.
At first, we tried using the printed flag. It was great, and would probably work well for older kids. My 3 and 5 year-olds were really frustrated with coloring around the stars - leaving the stars white and the outside area blue.

Za never finished her plain flag, but she practiced a ton with her ruler.


Skills

We switched gears and practiced counting fifty stars, and using a ruler. I also gave a mini-history lesson, explaining why the American flag has fifty stars, seven red stripes, and six white stripes.

Ty made the blue, and then added 50 stars. Lots of counting.
Our flags never ended up perfect, but the kids had a blast. Ty attached his fifty white stars (a bit circlish) to the paper towel holder, and is planning on taking it to the parade tomorrow.

Happy Fourth of July!

Reflection

The kids had a great time, and we counted many times. I wish that I had found a book to read before or while they colored. I did explain the history behind the flag, but I know they would have enjoyed a story as well. 

We Addressed the 8 Intelligences! 

Logical- mathematical.