Independence Day activities
We have been preparing for an Independence Day party and I wanted to share with you what we did.
First here are some of the trays we set up – hopefully the images are self explanitory:
Safety Pin Independence day flag. Thread beads onto a sfaty pin to make the pattern and then thread a set of safety pins on to one pin.
These cards are available as a free printable on Montessorisoul’s site.
Set up a tray for children to create US flag using the art technique of Pointillism.
Freya was keen to show you how to make a confetti popper! Here is the link where we found it originally – http://www.piikeastreet.com/2012/07/confetti-launchers/ it is also on my Independence Day Pinterest board.
First you have to make the confetti – we did this using a tray set up with strips of paper and paper punches.
Next to make the launcher!
Use double sided sticky tape on a toilet roll.
Add duble sided tape to end of paper too.
Attach paper and roll.
Tie a know in a ballon (don’t blow up!) and then cut the top off so that it can be stretched over the toilet roll (See next picture)
Secure with tape. (Can you see now that the knot acts as a launch tool?)
Fill tube with your confetti and you are ready to go!
My blog won’t let me embad the video So here is a link to it on Youtube – https://youtu.be/rJTNwMR9Lqc
And finally – being a Montessori child! – its time to tidy up!
Independence Day wind charm:
Here is the tray I set up. We used transparent glitter pony beads but you can use any.
Sorting the beads! A true sign of a Montessori child as Freya wanted a box so that she could sort all of the beads into colurs – Love her!
Freya carefully filling the metal cookie cutters with beads (I gave her a bigger baking tray so she could do more than one at once!
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200c (400f) Make sure you check a few times to see progress. We talked about the changes of state how the solid turns liquid etc at this point.
Once they have cooled pop the shapes out! We used double sided tape to attach them to ribbon but you can drill a hole. For another party each child made 1 star and we hung them on a pice of wood so there were 4 strands – it looked amazing and the kids were so proud of their work 🙂
Here is the tray I set up for this activity.
Put two strips of double sided tape ansuring it is on every popsicle stick.
Attach the ribbon to the double sided tape.
Use the pens to colour your flag and hang 🙂
I hope you enjoy these activities. I have lots of ideas pinned on my Independence Day Pinterest board.