Every year around this time, I get lazy. It might be the muggy, hot weather. It might be that the first half of major holidays are over, and I'm taking a break for the next go-round. It might be that we've never had a get-together at our house for the month. Whatever the reason, decoration and crafts the 4th of July has been lacking for the past few years. This year was no exception, but we did manage to squeeze in a few thematic activities.
The first, and my favorite, was this string of felt stars inspired by the Toddler Approved blog. (Super cool blog, btw. I don't subscribe to many newsletters anymore - too much in my inbox already, - but I do get this one since almost every post applies to my life right now.)
It was super easy. I print a 4" (about) star shape from the Internet. (Just search "free star clip art." Look at the images and choose the one you like.)
Then I traced and cut the stars out of simple, cheap 4 for $1 felt. Then I drew two parallel lines with fabric marker in the middle of each star. My plan was to have Miss P cut them, but it was too hard for her to get the scissors in the felt. So I ended up doing that part. But she did string them on the yarn and was quite proud of our home decor that can be used year after year.
I don't know where I got the idea for our next project, but I'm certain I didn't think of it myself. Miss P is really into cutting and gluing right now and isn't half-bad at it. She's very careful and serious about it all, so I gave her a project that involved both.
I cut wonky circles out of tissue paper. Just folded up the paper snowflake style and free-handed the circle. Didn't matter if they were actually circles. Then I showed P how to make snips all the way around the circle to create a firework.
Then I showed her how to put a few circles together to make a more vibrant firework. She put a teeny-tiny dot in the middle of a few circles, stacked them, & glued the stack randomly to the construction paper..
Our end result was fun. I could see doing a variation of this craft to make cute Spring poppy flowers art.
All caught up on holiday crafts. I do have good intentions for the 4th. Check out my Pinterest board of ideas I intend to complete for our Independence Day one day.