Everyone, young and
old, is showing their patriotism in the United States right now. While
driving around my local town today, I saw endless cars and homes with the
US flag proudly displayed. On several street corners, veterans and others
stood and waved their flag as everyone passed by.
I noticed is that local
stores are selling out of our most favorite patriotic symbol. It has never
been as hard to find a simple US flag as it is now. However, I have
thought today of several ways that we as parents can bring an enjoyable
activity to our children, while also allowing them to show their pride in
~Beaded Necklace & Bracelets~
Using any type of bead (bigger
beads work better for young children), have your child string red, white,
and blue beads on a piece of string, ribbon, or yarn. Tie into a circle
and instantly your child has a wonderful necklace or bracelet to wear.
When I was a teen, I would make friendship bracelets
in every color combination imaginable. If you have a older child, this is
a perfect activity for them. Visit your local craft store or Wal-Mart and
purchase embroidery floss in red, white, and blue. Not sure how to create
a friendship bracelet?
The web is full of resources -- here is just a few
places you can find "how to's":
~4th of July Flag for Preschoolers~
This is a perfect art project for
preschool aged children. The key is to allow them to place their
stripes and stars where ever they wish, but you may want to let them see a
sample flag if they ask.
Give each child one piece of white construction
paper and have them place it sideways on the table. Then give each
child several strips of red paper, one blue square, and several star
stickers. Have each child glue down the strips, blue square and
stars however they wish, creating their own version of the US flag.
"Red, White, and Blue Car Wheel Painting"
Put a dollop of red,
white, and blue paint on a piece of thick paper and allow your child to
run "Hot Wheel" type cars through the paint creating a variety
of patriotic wheel tracks.