Posted on: 31 December 2014
Whether you're a teacher trying to create a lesson plan for Flag Day or a parent wanting to include your kids in the Fourth of July party decorating, there are tons of fun craft ideas that can both educate and help show off your kids' patriotic spirit. They are also a great way to start discussions about patriotism for children in a way they understand. Take a look at the two craft projects below for some particularly great ideas that won't break the bank or take the whole day to finish.
Patriotic Tie-Dye Shirt
Sure, it can get a little messy, but that's part of the fun! Use a few plain white t-shirts along with some red and blue tie-dye picked up from a local hobby store. To make your shirt look more like the U.S. flag, roll your shirt from left to right, to create a long cotton tube of sorts. Then wrap seven rubber bands or extra hair ties at evenly spaced intervals around the rolled shirt, remembering to leave a few inches of space near the neckline.
Set up a clean, well-covered work area with plenty of rags for cleaning, and follow the directions on the dye package as to proper dyeing procedure. To keep the red and blue sections from bleeding into each other, dye the shirt before wetting it. Then set aside the damp shirt in a plastic bag and wait four to six hours for the dye to set. With rubber gloves, remove the rubber bands and rinse with cold water. Finally, throw the shirt in the washing machine by itself and set it on a cold rinse cycle. Your new Stars and Stripes shirt will be ready before you know it!
Pipe Cleaner Fireworks
Fireworks are banned in many counties nowadays, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun with kids making pipe cleaner approximations. Buy a few packages of red, white and blue pipe cleaners from your local arts and crafts store, as well some glue, glitter, and a bit of paint. For each pipe cleaner firework, take four pipe cleaners and bend them in half. Join all four at their respective bends and twist together the ends to create something like an three-dimensional asterisk. Dip the pipe cleaners in paint, spread them on a piece of thick paper so that the bottom portion flattens, and sprinkle glitter on top. You can easily hang your new fireworks outside or around the house for a festive, patriotic look that everyone will love.