Thursday, July 1, 2010

Torn Paper Flag

With the 4th of July fast approaching, I wanted to share a little history about our nation's flag with the girls.  The book I picked is Red, White, and Blue by John Herman (it is actually a beginning reader -- Level 2).  It very gently tells the story of how our nation's flag was created and shares basic historical facts.  I like how it tells the story very simply and without elaborating any scary details of war.  I even learned some new things!  Princess was astounded that there is a flag on the moon.  I'll have to show her some photographs of it! 

Red, White, and Blue (All Aboard Reading)

With our focus on the flag, I picked a simple flag craft.  Tearing paper is great for strengthening little hands in preparation for writing and scissor skills.

You need:
Construction paper scraps
White paper

1)  Share a book about flags with your child.  Give your child a blank, white sheet of paper.  Show them how to tear paper and let them design a flag!!



Blogger sbswtp said...

What a fun project :)

July 1, 2010 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Very nice! I was going to make something similar with my daughter but I like the idea of her doing the tearing- thanks for the inspiration!


July 1, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great project for little hands! I think that's one of the books we had on hold for Flag Day, that never made it in - I'll have to check, and see if it's in now :)

July 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Great Flag! Sounds like a great book too!

July 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger MamaGames said...

What a great project. I could never convince my son to do much paper-tearing, but my daughter (now 3 1/2) is much more open to the idea. We'll have to try this!

July 1, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

The flag came out so well. I like how you didn't focus on all the stars and stripes. It would have been overwhelming.

July 2, 2010 at 3:16 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Thanks everyone! The flags are hanging in the window, so I'm sure they'll fade fast -- but they'll make it through the 4th at least!

July 2, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

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