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United States Patriotic Holidays Activities and Crafts

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In this activity the children will learn about a United States patriotic holiday and have fun creating a useful and practical gift:  Easy Shapes Patriotic USA Flag Note or Photo Holder Flag

This activity and craft is suitable for the following holidays:

United States Patriotic Holidays information links at Wikipedia.org

*Presidents Day:  third Monday in February

*Memorial Day:  observed the last Monday in May

*Flag Day
- June 14 U.S.A.

*Independence Day - Fourth of July

*Veterans Day
> observed November 11

Additional Activities  and materials for an educational display and extended activities:
United States Patriotic Holidays Activities and Crafts

Activity:  History and Traditions of the Holiday
Ages 2 to 6:
1.  Share some simple facts about the holiday celebrated using information from the links provided above.
2.  Parents:  Share and explain how your family celebrates the holiday and what traditions are observed.  Examples:  Special dinners,  family get-togethers, gift giving,  going to see fireworks, reading a book related to the holiday, going to see a parade, visiting Grandparents, what special foods are prepared on that day, what are the special colors for the celebration, etc.
3.  Educators can share how the community in general celebrates the holiday.

Activity:  Craft - Easy Shapes Post-it Note Holder Flag - Ages 2+ (with help)
Young children can enjoy and also practice some important skills by making this craft and gift that will but a smile on the recipient's face.  The Post-it Note Holder Flag is designed to be used for various holidays and occasions.  Adjust colors and related materials to reflect the holiday.  

*  This craft activity will help children learn about colors, shapes, about the images in the card and about the holiday.

*The children will learn how fascinating it is to create a special gift using shapes and a variety of materials.

*  Let's call this technique "layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer them to form another image or landscape.  Go to the links and print a template of your choice.  

Note for all templates:  
The smiley face templates can be replaced by a real photo of family members:  child, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or other recipient.

Add a poem or greeting in the back of the note holder. 

Method #1:  For Black & White Template
1.  Print the flag template (template #1) directly on white sturdy paper, card stock or construction paper, or print on regular paper and glue to thin card board up to the fold line at the top.  Option 2:  Trace onto patriotic design wrapping paper.   
2.  Child can color and decorate directly on the second template (template #2), then cut and layer/assemble.  Note:  Circles with smiley face features have been provided in the template, but you can use the opposite side so older children can make the face features or replace with real photo.
3.  Once the flag is assembled and decorated, (adult assistance) fold the upper edge of the flag on the dotted line.  
4.  Lay out a of piece string, yarn or ribbon (about 2 feet) inside the fold, glue the edge without gluing the string.  Optional:  To reinforce it, you can glue craft sticks inside the fold and tie the string to the edges of the sticks.  Tie a knot, affix 1/2 of a post it note pack, a photo or child's drawing on the square dotted area on the flag and  it is ready!  

Method #2:  For Black & White Template
1.  Print the template of your choice and cut out the pieces.  Then use the templates to trace unto construction paper, colored paper, scraps of wrapping paper, scraps of or fun foam.  Proceed with the same steps above.   

Method #3:  Color Template
Note:  Two color templates provided (blue background and pink background) 

1.  Print the color template, cut and assemble and follow the assembly instructions above.

Read  suggestions below for different age groups:

Children 2 to 3 years
The youngest child can participate in this craft creation.  For this age group all the pieces should be cut out and ready to assemble and color.  Add a few drops of glue or use glue stick to desired locations and guide child through the process and show the small finished picture included in the template.  Make sure to identify and discuss the colors used, shape and  the images of and other items in the card templates (if applicable).  

Children 3+ and older:
*  Older children can add and decorate the plain colored pieces in template #2  first with glitter, paint: brush strokes, sponging, cotton ball dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue paper, scraps of fabric to make collage or a patchwork effect, beads etc. , and then proceed to cut out the pieces and  layer the pieces as suggested in the small image on the template.

Additional decorations ideas:
*Add USA holiday related stickers or used mailing stamps

Places to hang the note holder flag:
1)  Next to telephone
2)  Tool Shed or Tool Area/Closet
2)  Home office or at place of work
3)  Gym locker
4)  Refrigerator door
5)  Anyplace where a note holder is needed.

Activity > Alphabet Skills > Letter F
Visit F is for Flag lesson plan printable activities

Activity > Patriotic Online Puzzles and Coloring Page: 
Enjoy these online puzzles and links to matching coloring page.  These are suitable for young children.  The default puzzle is six pieces and adaptable to more pieces.
After completing the craft below visit these two fun Fourth of July Online Puzzles:
*United States Flag & Bald Eagle
*United States Flag & Statue of Liberty
*Alphabet Letter F Flag featuring United States Flag

Flag Craft
Note or Photo Holder


Templates
U.S.A. Patriotic colors

Black & White
Template

*construction paper or card stock, white or coordinating colors
*  scissors
*  glue or glue stick
* 2' feet of string, thin ribbon or yarn

A variety of materials as described in the instructions.

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