It is the week leading up to 4th of July and while I have been quite busy crafting away, I wanted to make sure that the kiddos were having fun as well. Their are plenty of Independence Day kid crafts out there, but I really wanted to incorporate some fun Montessori learning as well-even though we are off school for summer vacation! At any rate, the idea ran through my head one night to have the kids create American flags for the holiday, but instead of coloring them, painting them, or even using tissue paper as we have done in years past why not
"Montessori-ize" it using the same idea as our color tablets. Check out these great flags:
You've got to love your local home improvement store! I headed out with the kids and picked out several paint chips sheets (3 sheets per color per kid) of the colors red, white (3 shades) and blue. Here you see the Red "Daredevil" sheet with various shades of red cut into 1 inch squares and place in like piles.
The same thing was done for the blue "Star Spangled" sheets that I picked up.
Next, the children had to start laying down the darkest red color first to make the stripe of the flag and then glue the chip color onto the flag template sheet that I provided. The children began with darkest red and patterned their way through until they got to the lightest red shade. They did the same thing for the white stripes making their way from darkest to brightest white. When finished with the first color pattern set, they then repeated that set until their were no more stripes left.
Once the stripe patterns were complete the children moved onto the blue portion of the flag. Again they needed to place the blue paint chips in darkest to lightest shade order.
Someone is proud to have done it, "all by (my)self!" :)
For the finishing touches the children each dipped their finger in white paint and made fingerprints for the stars of their American flags.
The three finished products! Montessori inspired crafts for toddlers up through the 6-9 period.
To try this activity at home DOWNLOAD and PRINT my flag template here