It’s almost Memorial Day! For most of us that means the start of summer — barbecues, fireworks, s’mores, and swimming. But it’s meant to be a day to reflect and appreciate the sacrifices our brave men and women in the armed forces have made to ensure our freedoms. My daughter is a bit too young to truly grasp the reasons behind the holiday, but I think it’s important to start introducing the concepts.
What better way than to make a few simple Memorial Day Crafts?
Celebrating Freedom (through the letter F) with our Memorial Day Crafts
F is for Flag
The first craft we did focused on the letter F. We talked about the colors of the flag and how they are a pattern. We walked through the house looking for objects that also start with F. Then it was time to make our own flag in the shape of the letter F.
Supplies needed: Construction paper, star stickers, scissors, and glue
The next step was drawing and cutting out a large letter F on blue construction paper. Mommy confession time…I did that part to expedite the process a bit. But my daughter cut white and red strips of paper. She does need to work this summer on her cutting skills, so it was good practice!
She then glued the red and white stripes onto the blue F. We talked about alternating the stripes and how this is a pattern (educational moment!). She wanted to look for other patterns in the house before putting the star stickers on the remaining blue section of the F.
Tada! The finished product! Her very own flag!
F is for Fireworks
Now, this is the craft my girl couldn’t wait to get started on. I told her we were going to use paint and she was ready to go without waiting to hear what we would be making!
Supplies needed: Construction paper, washable paint, 3 toilet paper rolls, 3 plates, and scissors
The first step is to cut strips into the side of the toilet paper tubes, being careful not to cut all the way to the end. It’s okay if the strips are not the same width or length. In fact, I think it looks more like a firework when they aren’t uniform. Do this for each cardboard tube.
Next, gently flatten the strips of cardboard out for each tube. (Sorry for the placemat and cup…we do most of our crafting at the kitchen table!)
The next step is to add paint to each plate. You really don’t need more than a small squirt of each color. Too much paint and the fireworks start looking smeared.
And now for the painting! We discussed the pattern again (red, white, blue), but basically I just let her do her thing.
And here’s the final project! One tip, that maybe your kiddos will listen to, even though mine didn’t… Treat the cardboard tube like a stamp, not a paint brush. If you place it on the paper and then wiggle it around, the fireworks look more smeared than anything. (The bottom center firework is our “It’s like a paint brush!” example of that.)
The best part of doing crafts with my girl is at the end of the day when we’re doing our “What was your favorite part of the day?” check-in. When she says, “I had fun making crafts with you, Mommy,” it makes the mess completely worth it!
I hope that everyone has a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend!!