Americana Coasters

Why

This is a fun, easy, and meaningful way to display your patriotism all year ‘round. Create eye-catching patriotic coasters with Color Switchers™ Markers.


Steps

1. Use a recycled CD as a template to draw circles on white construction paper, cork, and clear plastic adhesive. Cut out the circles with Crayola™ Scissors.


2. Using Color Switchers™ Markers, create patriotic sayings on each circle of construction paper. The special tip on the other end of the marker reveals hidden colors to create unique designs.


3. Use a Crayola™ Glue Stick to adhere the patriotic design to a recycled CD. Then glue the recycled CD to a cork circle.


4. Peel away the paper backing on the clear plastic adhesive circle. Apply the clear plastic adhesive circle on top of the patriotic design.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Students can write letters to members of the military serving our country thanking them for their service and to share thoughts on patriotism.
  • Students can identify and analyze the characteristics of a patriot in colonial times versus today. Students can write an essay on how patriotism has changed over the years.
  • Students can research patriotism in other countries. Does it have the same meaning in other countries as in the United States? Students will gather information and choose several countries to compare and contrast data.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Color Switchers™ Markers
household supplies
  • clear plastic adhesive (such as Con-Tact® paper)
  • cork
  • recycled CD

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students research patriotic sayings and identify their origins.

  • Students will gather information on nationalism and patriotism. Review the data to identify similarities and differences and report findings.

  • Students will identify patriotic symbols and explain why they are important to our country’s history.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards