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Thumbprint Flag Card

Create a thumbprint flag card to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Materials

  • A red stamp pad with washable ink
  • A blue stamp pad with washable ink
  • A blank white note card
  • A note card envelope
  • Painter’s tape (optional)

Instructions

  1. Use painter’s tape or your envelope to cover the top left corner of the note card to save space for the stars on the flag.
  2. Use the red stamp pad to create the red stripes of the flag. Press your thumb onto the stamp pad, and then press it onto the bottom left corner of the note card. Continue pressing your thumb down in a horizontal row until you reach the bottom right corner, re-inking your thumb as needed. Move your thumb about half an inch above the red stripe, making sure to leave white space between the red lines, and repeat the process. Continue creating rows of red thumbprints until you reach the top of the card. Avoid the covered section.
  3. Clean your thumb and remove the painter’s tape or envelope from the top left corner of the note card.
  4. Use the blue stamp pad to create the stars on the flag. Press your thumb onto the stamp pad, and then press it to the top left corner of the front of the note card. Create a square border, and then add blue thumbprints to the center of the square, leaving some white showing through the blue to mimic the stars of the flag.

Once the ink has dried for a few minutes, open the card and write an appreciative note to a friend. Then, place the note card in the envelope, address it, stamp it and send it!

Fourth of July Fun

It’s the time of year when family and friends join together for barbecues and fireworks. Whether it is a publicly held event or a celebration in your own backyard, twenty20_685fa3e1-fa9e-4338-9905-001d04b7affathe Fourth of July allows for lots of fun and various activities for all ages.

When searching for that perfect spot to lay down a blanket to view the fireworks, consider that fireworks may not be suitable for all children. While many adults enjoy this holiday, loud noises and bright lights can be frightening and overwhelming for young children.

Before attending any event that involves fireworks, discuss with your child what fireworks are and why people enjoy them. Show him videos of fireworks going off so he has a better idea of what to expect. It is normal for children to have a natural fear of loud unknown noises, and some children may also be afraid of fireworks falling on them. Be prepared to help him cope with his concerns.

While waiting for the sky to get dark enough for the fireworks to start, some children may become bored. Here are some activities that will help her stay occupied:

  • Play eye spy with her. In this way you can incorporate learning through play by asking her to find items that are specific colors and shapes;
  • Bring paper and crayons, and ask your child to draw pictures of what she thinks the fireworks will look like. This also may make her feel more comfortable about the anticipated display;
  • Provide outdoor equipment for games and activities such as balls, kites and jump ropes to keep your child engaged while she is having fun. Do not forget the snacks and water.

What are some activities your family does on the Fourth of July?