- Red, white, and blue construction paper
- Old magazines, particularly food and travel magazines
- Star and flag stickers
- Clear contact paper
What to do
- Ahead of time, cut out circles in two sizes to represent little plates and glasses, and triangles to represent folded napkins.
- Ask the children to cut out pictures of picnic food such as hamburgers, watermelon, chicken, and corn on the cob.
- 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.
- 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.
- Celebrate America in Poetry and Art by Nora Panzer
- This Land Is My Land by George Littlechild
Penni Smith, Riverside, CA