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Fourth of July Picnic Place Mats

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  • Red, white, and blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines, particularly food and travel magazines
  • Glue
  • Star and flag stickers
  • Clear contact paper

What to do

  1. Ahead of time, cut out circles in two sizes to represent little plates and glasses, and triangles to represent folded napkins.
  2. Ask the children to cut out pictures of picnic food such as hamburgers, watermelon, chicken, and corn on the cob.
  3. Have the children arrange, then glue the shapes and pictures on their paper as if they were setting a picnic table on the Fourth of July. Let them add stickers for decoration.
  4. When the glue is dry, cover the collage with clear contact paper on one or both sides.

More to do

Field trip: Visit a Revolutionary War-era landmark.
Language: Using books, guests, and other resources, go on an imaginary trip to another part of our country and keep a journal of your adventure.
More art: Create banners or pennants on butcher paper or poster board with magazine pictures or postcards of American landmarks. Create a flag with fabric scraps. Create the appearance of a fireworks display in a crayon etching.
Science: Use magazine pictures to create a food pyramid.

Related books

  • Celebrate America in Poetry and Art by Nora Panzer
  • This Land Is My Land by George Littlechild

Penni Smith, Riverside, CA

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Art
Topic: Holidays
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Fine Motor
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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