Labor Day is coming and there are lots of fun and easy patriotic crafts to keep little hands busy and encourage learning.
Like us “big kids,” children learn by “doing.” Kids love to make things because it’s fun and nothing fills the heart like hearing the words “Look, Mommy. I made this!” Little do the kids realize that that working on craft activities not only nurtures their creativity, but their motor skills, problem-solving abilities, eye-hand coordination, and cognitive skills as well.
5 fun and easy patriotic crafts to make in honor of Labor Day:
1. Uncle Sam paper plate top hat – Cut the center out of your paper plate. Cover the rim of the plate with blue pieces of paper or use crayons or markers to make the brim of the hat blue. Glue or tape 2 8×10” pieces of red construction paper together, end to end. Cut out 1” strips of paper and glue them 1” apart to create a striped effect. Roll the striped paper into a cylinder to fit the inner part of the rim and tape together. Stand the cylinder up on the table and cut 1” slits 1” apart along the top edge. Fold these “tabs” outward all along the top edge. Invert the cylinder and slide the brim over. Careful turn over and tape or staple the tabs to the brim. Add stars, glitter, ribbons. Voila!
2. Star wand – Using one piece each of red, white, and blue construction paper, cut out a total of 3 stars, 1 large (5”), medium (4”), and small (3”). Glue the small star onto the medium star and then the medium star onto the large one. Tape this to the end of a pencil, tongue depressor or paper towel tube. Add red, white, blue, and/or silver ribbon curls and let the magic begin.
3. Soup can vase or pencil holder – Cut a rectangular piece of red construction paper the height of the can and wide enough to wrap around the can. Decorate with star stickers or cut out white and blue stars and glue them on.
4. Lunch bag puppets – From Uncle Sam to the bald eagle, there are lots of different characters you can make with a lunch bag. Closed and like a flat piece of paper, the smooth side is the back and the bottom of the bag flap will be the head. Beneath the flap will be the mouth and when the child puts their hand in the bag, they’ll be able to make the puppet talk. Simply cut out and glue on eyes, hats, hair, feathers, etc. Use construction paper, yarn, googley eyes, markers and glue or tape will be to complete the puppets. The kids can use their puppets in a puppet show as well.
5. Patriotic hand prints – pain stars and stripes or a flag or red, white and blue design to cover the child’s hand. When done, simply have the child press their hand firmly onto a piece of construction paper. Once paint is dry, the artwork can be framed and is ready for presentation and display.
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