Let the fireworks start! We all love the Fourth of July, and kids are no exception. It’s colorful, it’s fun, and it’s LOUD, what’s not to love! Let the children make a pretty string of stars to use as a decoration, or you can also tie it to use as a necklace.
• Construction paper or cardstock
• Glitter (if desired)
• Plastic straws
1. Print theKraftykid star template.
2. Cut out and color the stars.
3. Decorate with glitter, if desired.
4. Cut the straws into 1 inch pieces.
5. Attach to a string, using one straw, one star, one straw, one star until the string is filled up.
6. Tie at both ends.
Get out the trikes, wagons, bicycles and strollers! Celebrate our freedom! Make many of these strings and make those normal everyday modes of childhood transportation a parade float! Create a parade around the neighborhood. But wait…we have to add some science. What to do with that old sidewalk chalk???
Did you know that if you wet the chalk, it is now a coloring device for hair?? Color the hair and go for the wild parade look!!! It washes out easily and is much safer than colored hair spray and easily stays away from the eyes.
Along with a day of fun and fireworks, take time to teach the children the Pledge of Allegiance. They may not memorize but they should hear it. Not all children in the world have the freedom that we have. Take time to help our children understand how lucky we are to have the choices we have in our country.
This easy to make owl and moon mobile is a hoot to make and an easy and appropriate craft theme to celebrate Moon Day! Be prepared to answer this question: Why does the Moon sometimes come out during the day? . Here’s the answer from David Palmer and Tim Kallman, from the Ask an Astrophysicist team.
You can see the Moon in the daytime because it is big and brightly lit by the Sun. The surface of the Moon is about as reflective as an asphalt road–rather dark but not totally black. When you look at the Moon, you are seeing the light which reflects off it. This is not nearly as bright as the Sun, but it is up to 100,000 times as bright as the brightest nighttime star.
During the day, the brightness of the sky washes out the light from the stars: a region of the sky including a bright star is only very slightly brighter than a region of the sky without a bright star, so your eye cannot notice the difference. However, the region of the sky containing the Moon is much brighter, so you can see it. You can also sometimes see Venus during the day if the conditions are right and you know exactly where to look, but anything dimmer is lost.
It might be useful to think of the Sun as a large light bulb, and the moon as a large mirror. There are situations where we can’t see the light bulb, but we can see the light from the bulb reflected in the mirror. This is the situation when the moon is out at night. We can’t see the Sun directly because the earth is blocking our view of it, but we can see its light reflected from the moon. However, there are also situations where we can see both the light bulb and the mirror, and this is what is happening when we see the moon during the day. You can explore this for yourself with a light and a hand mirror. Depending on which way you face (away from the light or sideways to the light) you can see either just the mirror, or both the light and the mirror.
• Glue or tape
• Hole puncher
1. Print the Kraftykid Owl and Moon Mobile template and cut out all pieces.
2. Glue the owl to the moon using the sample as a guide.
3. Punch a hole in the top of the moon and insert a string for hanging (around 18 inches) and tie in a knot.
4. Glue the word “hoot” to the circle with the owl on it, following the sample as a guide.
5. Attach a string about 6” to the back of the moon with tape or glue.
6. Attach the string to the back of the circle, so that the decorative owl circle is dangling from the moon.
7. Hang up for all to see.
Do you have a budding meteorologist in the class? This craft project is a good way to teach children all about the weather outside. Combine with a walk outside to discover and talk about the weather of the day. Keep a chart all week, then make this fun weather mobile that they can hang in their rooms.
• Wire clothes hanger
• Cardboard paper towel roll
• Paper hole punch
1. Print the free, downloadable Kraftykid weather mobile template, 2 per child.
2. Cut out all of the shapes. You will have two of each picture.
3. Cut a long slit all the way down the cardboard roll and punch holes about 1inch deep from the edge, spaced about 1 1/2 inches apart so that you have six holes.
4. Paint the roll and let dry.
5. Cut 6 pieces of yarn in varied lengths.
6. Knot each piece of yarn several times so that the knot is bigger than the punched hole.
7. Pull each piece of yarn through a hole in the roll so that the knot keeps the yarn in place.
8. Slide the roll onto the clotheshanger and twist it so the holes are at the bottom.
9. Glue the piece of yarn between the two matching pictures.