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stART ~ Red, White and Boom July 8, 2013

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This last week we coordinated our stART book and project with the 4th of July!  We had a little mishap with getting the book checked out at the library, so we will be reading the book at a later date.  I wanted to give you an idea of a book so here is the book we meant to read (oops!).  The book we hoped to read was “Red, White, and Boom!” by Lee Wardlaw. This book uses poetry to explore how people celebrate the 4th of July all over the country.  How did you celebrate the 4th?


Noise Maker

For our project we made this neat 4th of July Noise Maker.  I found this idea on Pintrest.  It was simple, but needed some planning ahead to collect the supplies (or just revisit the recycling bin like I did).

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Empty tin can

Metal lid that’s small enough to fit inside the can


4th of July Decorative Paper




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I would suggest using a larger nail than pictured here.  I had to punch more than one hole in my can and lid for the twine to fit through.  A bigger hole would have worked much easier.

Hole Making Collage

Punch a hole (using the hammer and nail) in the bottom of the tin can and top of the small lid.

(Photo of punching the hole by Will)

Finishing Collage

Using a piece of twine, push one end through the lid and tie it around the outside of the lid.  Next, string the loose end through the hole at the bottom of the tin can (leave a little slack inside the can so the lid will clank).  Make a knot at the hole of the tin can and another knot at the end before cutting off the extra twine.  This part looks like the fuse of a firecracker.  Last, cut your decorative paper to fit the width of the can and enough length to cover the whole can.  Glue the paper and roll it onto the can.  I kept the paper label on the can so the glue would stick better.

Will and Noisemaker

Shake the can and hear the noise!  Baby Bennett really liked this noise maker, too!

4th of July Collage

Here are a few pictures of how my family spent the 4th of July!  Happy Birthday, America!


stART ~ What is the 4th of July? July 3, 2012

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It has been quite a while since I’ve gotten a stART project posted on here.  Hopefully, we’ll be back on track now.  We have done a few projects this summer, but I haven’t gotten them posted yet (soon, very soon).  I thought I would start with the project we did today in anticipation of the 4th of July tomorrow.

We read the book “What is the 4th of July?” by Elaine Landau.  It is a nonfiction book that looks at the symbols and history of our country’s birthday along with common 4th of July traditions.  Most of the book contains photographs rather than drawings, which adds to the information – especially for young children.  It is a very short story as well.

We made a Firecracker Noisemaker for our art project.

I found this idea on Pintrest which lead me here.  This was a very quick and easy project.  Will could complete the project  independently for the most part. A  short book and quick project are perfect for the minimal attention span of a preschool boy.


Empty water bottle

Tinsel coil with stars — Star Garland

Red, White and Blue beads

Red, White and Blue star confetti

Red, White and Blue things you can find around the house

1) Take the label off the bottle as well as the lid.

2)  Place loose items in the bottle (beads, confetti, etc.) — this will make it sound like fireworks.

3)  Cut a couple 12-inch pieces of star garland and stuff, or curl, it into the bottle — this will look like fireworks.

4) Put the cap on and shake the bottle to make some noise!

5) Kids can bring their bottle when watching fireworks and shake their it every time fireworks go off.



stART ~ Corduroy’s 4th of July July 17, 2011

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In celebration of the 4th of July we read “Corduroy’s 4th of July” by Don Freeman.  It was a great way to prepare for all the fun things we were going to do for July 4th.  Turns out we were celebrating the day just like Corduroy with a parade, picnic and fireworks. 

For our project we made a red, white and blue windsock out of paper.  Will enjoyed dipping the star cookie cutter in paint to make images on the top of the windsock.  He also thought he was pretty big stuff when he got to use tape to finish it. 

I taped two pieces of blue paper together.  Will dipped a star cookie cutter into white craft paint to make the stars. 

I cut red and white tissue paper into strips.  Will glued them on the back of the blue paper with a glue stick in an alternating pattern.  I was impressed how quickly he picked up on the pattern. 

We taped the ends of the blue paper together in a tube.  Ta-da! a patriotic windsock.

Fro more great stART ideas visit A Mommy’s Adventure.  http://www.amommysadventures.com/


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