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Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Pin It My friend, Athena, hosted an awesome craft group this afternoon. The girls made fireworks t-shirts and I know my son is going to want to make one, too. Materials: t-shirt Sharpie (permanent) markers rubbing alcohol medicine dropper cardboard Directions: Pin It 1. Place cardboard in between the layers of the t-shirt. Make dots with your sharpie marker in a circle shape. Pin It 2. Use the dropper to drop rubbing alcohol into the center of the design. The marker will spread. Pin It Pin It 3. Experiment with … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial

Handprint Bald Eagle for the Fourth of July

Handprint Bald Eagle for the Fourth of July

Pin It We’re gearing up for our Fourth of July celebrations and talking about the symbols surrounding Independence Day. My daughter made a patriotic handprint bald eagle to watch over the festivities. Pin It We found a great book at our local library, Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?: The Stories Behind Some of America’s Patriotic Symbols, that explains many of the symbols we associate with our nation. The kids are enjoying the brief, illustrated, mostly age-appropriate information. … Read entire article »

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Patriotic Ice Pops

Patriotic Ice Pops

Pin It Nothing quite cools during hot summer days like an ice pop. We love our Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds and wanted to try to make red, white, and blue patriotic Popsicles. The challenge is a natural, non-toxic blue food dye and, after much experimenting, came up with this recipe: Ingredients one ripe banana 6-8 large strawberries a quarter cup of blueberries (optional) chilled lemonade 4 oz cup of banana or vanilla yogurt honey or sugar (just for the blue layer) red cabbage Directions: 1. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Home Arts, Summer, Taste

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Each year we try to paint fireworks with a different technique and this is my favorite effect, yet. Pin It Materials: wax paper black or dark blue paper red, white, and blue paint glitter Directions: 1. Cut circles of various sizes from the wax paper. Fold the circles in half, then fold in half again, and fold once more. Snip the tip in a V-shape and make cuts at the outer edge. You can also cut triangles along the side. This is just … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Summer

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

Government, Democracy, and Currency Activities

As a former history and social studies teacher, teaching about government should come natural to me.  However, I found it challenging to break down this complex topic to a preschool or kindergarten level.  Focusing on national symbols or a simplified version of democracy worked really well for us.  We also explored currency as part of this week.  For primary school students, looking at local government may be more comprehensible than broad questions of national politics. These … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Educational Blogs, Featured, History and Culture, Smart Summer Challenge

An American Mosaic: Paper Flag Collage

An American Mosaic: Paper Flag Collage

Pin It Inspired by this craft on the Elmer’s Glue site, we made our own flag today.  The site says appropriate for kids 5-11 but I think it is doable for three and up–especially if you either complete it as a class or over several days. Pin It Our main modification was that the white stripes are the white paper underneath showing through, instead of their own line of paper.  We did this primarily based on the attention … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Summer

Patriotic Play!

Patriotic Play!

Pin It We had a “patriotic play date” today in anticipation of America’s Birthday. We began by talking a little bit about the Fourth of July and Independence Day.  Most of the (verbal) kids associated the day with fireworks, parades, and summer foods like watermelon, corn on the cob, and ice cream.  Our six year old friend knew that it had something to do with the Revolutionary War.  For the younger kids I explained that we were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Summer