Hooray for Independence!

Why

Why do countries celebrate their independence days with fireworks? Why do people hang national flags on patriotic holidays? Celebrate with a colorful wall hanging!


Steps

1. Read information about your country's independence day. Or select another country about which to learn. Find out why and how this patriotic holiday is celebrated. Discover the traditions and symbols that are part of the nation's history and culture.


2. Using Crayola® Colored Pencils, trace one large symbol of the country, such as a heart, star, maple leaf, crescent moon, or dragon on cardboard. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors.


3. Trace your symbol on white construction paper and cut it out. Decorate the construction paper with Crayola Markers. Use imaginative patriotic patterns and your country's colors. Attach the symbol to the cardboard with Crayola School Glue.


4. Draw smaller symbols on white construction paper and cut them out. Color them and glue a few of them on your larger symbol. Decorate some areas with Crayola Glitter Glue.


5. Punch holes in the bottom of your larger symbol and in the tops of the remaining smaller ones. Tie the smaller symbols to the larger one with ribbon or yarn.


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.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

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.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • Write a short story to explain how and why the selected country celebrates its independence day.
  • Children with special needs may appreciate some help in cutting the cardboard. Some may prefer to work with a picture of the country's flag to get ideas about symbol and color selections.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • hole punch
  • ribbon
  • cardboard

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students gather information about their country's independence day to find out on why this holiday is so important in their nation's history.

  • Students recognize various traditions and symbols related to their country's patriotic holidays, such as fireworks and flag flying.

  • Students create a patriotic wall hanging with cardboard and ribbon.

Cirriculum

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