With that said, today is The Fourth of July, which is Independence Day here in The US. So as a bonus post this week, I thought I'd do a mini lesson about The United States with my littles, which primarily consisted of a couple of Independence Day projects.
The first is a flag. It seemed fitting since we always recreate flags of other countries. If you've been reading for a while now, then you have likely heard me whine about the difficulty of some of the flags that we have created. I never in a million years would have imagined that our own country's flag would be a challenge, but it was. We measured and remeasured to get the proportions correct so that we could have thirteen equally spaced stripes. After that agony passed, the reality of cutting fifty stars to represent our fifty states, started to sink in. We made several templates, none of which were the right size, still, we dreaded actually outlining, cutting, and gluing fifty stars. Seriously, I know I shouldn't be whining, it's not like I had to sew them on or anything, but I'm the kind of woman that likes to see quick progress. Anyway, after brainstorming a few ideas, we decided that the most efficient way to make the stars was to create a stamp. So using a piece of styrofoam, we cut a star and glued it to the end of a wooden block, then we used a paint brush and brushed white paint on, then stamped away! It was going so well, until we realized that our star was too big. Fifty stars were not going to fit. *sigh*... This is our finished American Flag, with thirty-three of our states represented with stars. At a glance, it looks ok though, right????
|I really hope I don't lose my citizenship over this. We put in a good effort, really we did. :D|
|Aiden painted a flag in the top corner of his too!|