Patriotic Crafts and Play Dough Mats for Learning and Play!
Collage Fireworks – pictures of completed projects here: Patriotic Projects
Set out different materials for students to use to make “firework” prints. Place red, white, blue paint in shallow containers and have students make different prints and marks of paint on black paper.
Suggested materials to paint with include: shower poof, baby bottle brush, paper towel wadded and secured with a rubber band, bunch of cut string pieces rubber banded together, natural sponges, etc.
Play Dough Stars and Numbers -Numbered Playdough Mats
Materials needed; Numbered Play dough Mats.pdf, star shaped cookie cutter(s), play dough
Print off the numbered play dough mats. Laminate for durability. Have students use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut out star shapes. Place the required number of stars on the mat next to the numeral. For younger children: have them try to roll small bits of dough into a ball (demonstrate first) then place one ball on each of the orange balls on the work pages. Count out loud and have the children pick up each ball as they count.
Extension for older students: Have students try to read the number words on each line (pages 5-6 of the pdf) and place that many stars in each row.
Extension for older students #2: Use the addition or subtraction equations (pages 7-8 of the pdf) to figure out how many stars are needed in each row.
Firecracker Rubbings -Firecracker Template
Print the Firecracker Template.pdf on heavy paper such as cardstock. Outline the shape(s) with glue. Let dry and then cut around the firecracker leaving about ½ inch or more edge. Place the outlined firecracker under a piece of construction paper or printer paper. Have the children use the side of a crayon (you may need to remove the crayon wrapper) to color in and around the paper. As they color, the print from the glue outline will leave behind a “rubbing” of the image.
Extension activity: You can also do this with basic outlines of other 4th of July themed items such as flags, fireworks, stars, the letters “USA”, etc.
Print out the Firecracker Template.pdf (see link above) onto heavy paper such as cardstock. Cut out the shape if desired. Have the child outline the shape with glue and spread it along the inside so it is completely covered with glue. You can now have the student decorate the firecracker shape with any desired collage materials as they desire. Some suggested materials may include:
Sand, Tissue paper squares, Wall paper scraps, Feathers, Pom-Poms, Cornmeal, Dried noodles or beans. Glitter, Pipe Cleaners, Wikki Stix, or Rice
Extension activity: Create the firecrackers by making each one with a different texture. Place the firecrackers under a large blanket or towel and have students feel each fire cracker one at a time and try to guess what each one is covered with. Students should only use their sense of touch for this activity and not try to peek under the cover. For younger children, you may want to have samples of each of the materials that were used so they can point to and pick out which material they are feeling.