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?
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).
Empty tin can
Metal lid that’s small enough to fit inside the can
4th of July Decorative Paper
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.
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)
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.
Shake the can and hear the noise! Baby Bennett really liked this noise maker, too!
Here are a few pictures of how my family spent the 4th of July! Happy Birthday, America!