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Make a Flag for July 4th Craft for Kids

For a play-of-the-day, make a flag for July 4th craft. A flag is a special symbol of a country and kids love to hold and wave them.

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To start your flag, find a piece of white paper. The bigger the paper, the bigger your flag, of course, but even a small flag is exciting for a child. A flag is almost twice as wide as it is tall, so turn the paper with the long sides at the top and bottom. Depending on the size of your paper, some may need to be cut from the top. If kids know how to use scissors, draw a line for them to use as a guide.

Get out some red and blue paints. Paint dabbers have sure proved to be a great investment at our house. Start with the blue rectangle at the top corner. Again, adults may need to draw two lines as guide again. The blue background for the stars goes half-way down the side and just over a third of the way across.

Kids dab a red line all across the bottom. Turn the paper so they can dab another red line along the edge from the blue. Paint a third red line down the middle or, at least, from the bottom of the blue. It’s easier now to paint two more red lines in between the others. When dry, add a handle.

This is only five red lines instead of seven and the stars aren’t painted on. The white paper shows bits of white, but to make stars kids can add star stickers. There’s a super flag craft printable at meaningful mama. Big Sister used the blue dabber to paint water on a boat made from a big box and the sponge is getting quite worn so Little Sister had lots of white spaces when she painted. Even without star stickers, it will still look like the flag.

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As with any project, including this make a flag for July 4th craft, the process is part of the product. In any country, aren’t kids stars too?

Cooking with Kids: Fruit Roll-ups #2

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the summer with some easy fruit roll-ups for cooking with kids that makes a fun, colorful treat anytime, especially July 4th. These can be part of the main course or dessert. cooking with kids watermelon pizza

Last year’s treat, watermelon pizza was super to make and eat. It tasted like summer and looked so colorful, although it was a bit tricky to eat because the berries rolled off. These roll-ups are easy to do and just as sweet.

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To assemble the roll-ups, start with a small tortilla. Kids can spread a softened or spreadable cream cheese over the tortilla. The back of a spoon is easier to use than a knife.

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The next step is to sprinkle raspberries and blueberries on the cream cheese. If the raspberries are on the big side, they can be flattened down to make the rolls a bit tighter.

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Starting at one side, roll up the roll-up. Hmm…it’s not hard to guess where the name comes from, is it? Place these on a tray and pop them back in the fridge until it’s time to serve. They can be cut in half to show off the red, white, and purple…er, blue. Good thing blueberries are called blue.

Including kids in preparing food for family and friends is so important. All of us, no matter our age, like to feel valued.  Helping is an opportunity for kids to contribute to others through their efforts.

Cooking with kids has learning and fun ingredients too. There’s lots of math. Kids can count the berries as they spread them out. Are there more blueberries or raspberries? Which ones are bigger? That’s categorizing, counting, and comparing.

Doing the steps in order is great for the higher-order thinking skill of sequencing. What shapes roll? Circles do and that’s the shape of the tortillas.

These rolling roll-ups really roll, plus they are tasty too. Happy 4th!

P.S. Here are the details of the watermelon pizza.

Cooking with Kids: Watermelon Fruit Pizza #2

This cooking-with-kids activity is fun enough to do twice in one week. Remember the question from Pizza #1 about what other fruit we could use? Well, here it is: Watermelon Pizza #2 in red, white, and blue. For such simple ingredients, it looks bright and colorful, and can be used for holiday celebrating or any other summer day.

cooking with kids watermelon pizzaThe steps are the same as before. First, cut the watermelon into triangle slices. Grownup hands need to do this but kids can use a picnic or plastic knife and slice a banana into circles. Put the banana circles on the watermelon triangles. You can talk about shapes with your child for some tasty math.

The next part is pretty tricky. Kids can add some blueberries to the pizza. The blueberries roll around when making, moving the dish, and especially when eating. You can model to your child that you feel frustrated but you cope with it by laughing and having fun. Perhaps, talk to the blueberries by telling them to stay in place. Answer yourself, using a small blueberry voice, that round things are supposed to roll. Then, you, the blueberries, and kids can all think of other things that roll.

This watermelon fruit treat combines all sorts of learning and fun. There’s shapes and numbers in math. Science comes in when we talk about things that roll and things that don’t. There’s such thinking strategies as comparing–circles and triangles; categorizing–things that roll; and sequencing–the watermelon and banana need slicing before putting together. Kids enjoy helping and feel valued when they can contribute to something that other people enjoy. Belonging is a powerful feeling for any of us. The fruits help kids learn that nutritional eating can be yummy. There’s lots of language and talking together, social skills like sharing and taking turns, and more.

Enjoy July 4th with some red, white, and blue, just for you!

Kindergarten Readiness and July 4 Fun & Learning

I’ve been counting down 3-2-1 to do this special July 4th kindergarten readiness activity. (Mostly because I had an earlier taste on July 1st. Why celebrate once when you can do it twice?) To celebrate July 4th here is a red, white, and blue dessert pizza! This cooking with kids activity is sweet and easy. … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness and July 4 Fun & Learning

Kindergarten Readiness – 4th in a Glass

Start the 4th off with a quick breakfast treat. Easy for kids to make and eat!! Ingredients: vanilla or plain yogurt, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries Method: in a clear, plastic glass layer the colors, yogurt then fruit. Skills: patterning, counting (so everyone gets the same number of berries :)), organizing, creating,  nutrition, hand-eye coordination, serving … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – 4th in a Glass