Picking up table clutter for what seems to be the billionth time one day, I came across a pile of tissue paper squares we picked up from our latest trip the Dollar Store.  It was one of those random, "that's neat" purchases that would likely get used up by my kiddos once we got home, but it inspired me to make a tissue paper craft for the 4th of July.

Scrunch some red, white, and blue tissue paper to make a lovely 4th of July American Flag craft all the while strengthening those all important fine motor skills.

Scrunching tissue paper is great for fine motor skills, which we seem to post a lot about here.  We've co-authored two books on fine motor skills, so obviously we love sharing activities that get your little ones strengthening the muscles in his/her hand and fingers.
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Our 4th of July Tissue Paper craft is easy to make for kiddos of all ages and works on those all important fine motor skills.  My 3 and 5 year old each made one, so it is an especially great American flag craft for preschoolers to make.

Similarly, for spring, you might like this Tissue Paper Easter Egg.


Supplies:


Simple American Flag Craft for Kids


I printed out a Simplified American Flag for my 3 year old and an American Heart Flag for my 5 year old.

Earlier in the morning, I cut the red, white, and blue tissue paper into small squares.

I gave them each their printable and some glue.  I showed them we were going to scrunch up the tissue paper between our fingers and glue it to the flag.  For color reference, I reminded them of our other patriotic craft we made a few weeks ago-- our Paper Tube American Flag hanging on our wall.


I took turns helping my kiddos and snapped happily away on my camera.

Once they were finished, we let them dry.

After drying, I cut them out and glued them to a piece of construction paper.


Have fun creating this easy, patriotic 4th of July craft while working on fine motor skills, too.  It is pretty mess-free for you mamas that turn and run at the word "craft," and is a great way to sneak in some learning skills for you mamas who want "more" than just a pretty holiday craft.  Sometimes I feel like a broken record, but having strong fine motor skills will come in handy when your child begins to write!  And this is the perfect {and festive} way to work on those all important fine motor skills!


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A few months ago we shared our experience with Home Art Studio DVDs-- a wonderful homechool art curriculum you can view from your living room!  I also  shared a bunch of pictures from various projects.  Today I am excited to share a tutorial of an art project from the 2nd Grade DVD over at 123Homeschool4Me!

Your children will love giving his/her name shapes and colors in this simple Name Alien Art Project.  Suitable for children of all ages-- but a great way for to sneak in cursive writing for your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grader!


Head on over to 123Homeschool4Me to read more about creating your own Name Alien Art Project!

Hope you are inspired to add a little art to your day!  Enjoy!

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Piet Mondrian Suncatcher Art
Painting with Nature Process Art

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Summer is usually filled with all things red, white, and blue for the 4th of July, so I put together some fun crafts and activities to keep little hands busy while strengthening those fine motor skills before school starts up in the fall!

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Enjoy all things red, white, and blue with your little ones by creating festive fine motor crafts for the 4th of July!

Reading and math take a back seat during the summer months as we find ourselves enjoying the beautiful summer weather.  Don't get me wrong, we still do those things, but our school year "routine" flies out the window.  No weekly themes, no lesson plans-- just "flyin' by the seat of our pants so to speak. However, we still find time to make various crafts and art projects, which come in handy during the hot afternoons or after several days in the sun.

Patriotic Kids Crafts


Here's 12 simple and festive ways to work on fine motor skills this summer in preparation for the 4th of July holiday!
Happy Birthday, America!

Patriotic Necklace | Buggy & Buddy

4th of July American Flag Craft using Dot Markers | My Mundane and Miraculous Life.
Even the littlest ones can do this craft!

Cupcake Liner Fireworks | A Little Pinch of Perfect.
Great way to work on scissor skills over the summer!

Salt & Glue Fireworks
Add a festive red, white, and blue twist to this classic kid craft!

Yarn Wrapped Stars | Fantastic Fun & Learning.
Great way to introduce your little ones to "sewing!"

Paper Roll American Flag Craft | Little Family Fun.

Painted Fireworks Craft: 3 Ways! | House of Burke

Bubble Wrap Fireworks |Sugar Aunts.
Simple way to prepare your little one's for the noise!

Torn Paper Stars | Frogs, Snails, & Puppy Dog Tails.
No-prep craft for the kiddos!

Search, Find, and Count Stars: 4th of July Sensory Bin | Little Bins for Little Hands.

Red, White, & Blue Fruit Kabobs.
Take a break from crafting and get the kiddos involved in making a delicious and healthy 4th of July snack!

Straw Flag Sticky Tray | Modern Preschool


Enjoy the summer sun and all things red, white, and blue while keeping those little hands busy!


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Teach your preschooler the letter V with this simple Letter V is for Vase Craft.  Whether you explore a letter a week or when the mood strikes {which is how we are rolling lately}, creating an alphabet craft is a fun way to learn the letters of the alphabet.  For more Letter V activities, you might like to check out our Tot School: Letter V Week.  Enjoy making this simple alphabet craft.
Teach your preschooler the letter V with this simple Letter V is for Vase Craft.  Love the cupcake liner flowers!


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Supplies Needed:
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • sequins
  • cupcake liners
  • pipe cleaners or craft sticks
Our V is for Vase Preschool Alphabet Craft is very simple to put together.  To give your child some extra scissor practice, have him/her cut out the letter V from a printable template or one you draw by hand.

Preschool Alphabet Craft


We used green pipe cleaners for the stems, however you could also use green craft sticks.  Once we glued our Letter V onto another sheet of construction paper we assembled our cupcake liner flowers.


We poked the green pipe cleaners through our cupcake liners then glued on a sequin to the middle.

Next we inserted the cupcake liner flowers into our letter V is for Vase!

Crafting through the alphabet is almost complete!  Just a few more letters to go.  And another one to add to our school room wall!

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Markers and crayons strewn across the table-- the dining room table.  It was over-taken by my children's activities a long time ago.  Good thing the table is black or it would gladly bare all the colors of the rainbow!

The latest activity at our dining room table-- a Stained Glass Shark Coloring Page.



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Coloring seems to be all the rage now.  Funny how giving a classic activity a new spin makes it new and exciting!  You cannot help go into any store now and not notice the coloring books marketed to kids and adults.

Not gonna lie, but kinda rolled my eyes when the coloring fad came around.  Why would I want to sit and color a coloring page for an adult; I have a hard time sitting with my child to color another page from her Strawberry Shortcake coloring book!  However, to my surprise, I found coloring quite satisfying.  If it weren't for the coloring activity at my MOPS meeting, I would have missed out on the fun of picking colors and designs and the feeling of accomplishment when all done.

But my kids understand the excitement.  They LOVE to color-- especially my 5 year old daughter!

Shark Coloring Printable for Kids

Inspired by Shark Week, I made a Stained Glass Shark Coloring Printable.

And hey, I couldn't resist not coloring my own Stained Glass Shark, either!

Supplies Needed:


  • Stained Glass Shark Coloring Page
  • Markers, Crayons, or Colored Pencils


Unleash your creativity with this Stained Glass Shark Coloring Page.  We used markers from my children's art sets and marker set from IKEA.

Just print off the coloring page and color away!  Have fun choosing the colors to use and the feeling of accomplishment when all done!

More Shark Inspired Fun and Learning!

Download and Print your Shark Coloring Page Here!

  • for personal use only
  • do not attempt to alter, reproduce, resell shark coloring page in any form
  • shark clipart licensed to Teach Two Reach


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Have a collection of random toy pieces-- otherwise known as junk?   We do!  Instead of throwing those random toys away, create a one-of-a-kind Junk Sculpture!  Your kiddos will love going through their junk piles and creating this unique process art masterpiece!

Have a collection of random toys, game pieces, etc?  We do too!  Instead of throwing them away, we used our toy junk collection and made a scultpure!  Such a fun process art activity!
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There's a time and place for "cookie cutter" crafts for little kids where you provide them the necessary materials and provide them with a finished product to aim for.  But even those crafts can show off your little one's personality by pasting a leg upside down or eyeball in the center.  Process art activities on the other hand are all about the process-- not the end product.  Process art activities are a wonderful way for kiddos to unleash their creativity; there's no right or wrong way to make this sculpture!  Remember, it is all about the process!  

So, clean out the junk drawers and gather all the loose game pieces to use them to create!  You also might like this other fun process art sculpture using paper tubes.

What you need:

Process Art Sculpture for Kids

Here's a peek at our stash!  Small cars, gems from the coin machines, happy meal toys, random game pieces, etc. etc!

Using the junk stash begin creating a sculpture by gluing your pieces onto the plastic lid.  Make sure to use a low-heat gun for little hands.  Glue pieces upwards or to the side.  Place the pieces upside down or sideways!

Next time you see a random toy lying around, missing game piece in the wrong place, or McDonald's Happy Meal Toy shoved under the couch, stash it away.  When you have a collection, use all those junk toys to create with!  Have fun creating!

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