We used a black tri-fold school presentation board to create it into a night scene. We taped our painted fireworks to the sky area, used blue felt scraps to make our ocean scene and placed our origami boats and sea monsters on top of the water area. Note the monsters are attacking and eating the boats! We finished it off by creating a 4th of July canvas and felt banner. Â And a final touch of silver, glitter, star stickers everywhere.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY! Be safe.
After creating our painted fireworks and origami 4th of July themed boats, we hated to waste the leftovers so we painted the outside of the TP rolls we had used as brushes. We cut up an old pillow case into 8Â x 8Â inch squares, filled the center with cotton batting, wrapped a rubber band around the outside making a ghost like shape. Then we painted the ‘head’ and added facial features. We tucked the ‘heads’ into the top of the TP tube and glued it in place.
We called them sea monsters over octopus because they had many more tentacle legs then eight! Some had two eyes and some, like this one shown in the picture was a cyclops.
This 4th of July we were inspired to makeÂ red, white and blue origami boats. We struggled a bit with the instructions in the book we had at home so we found great assistance in this You Tube Video:
In addition to the boats created in this video, we added tooth picks, washi tape flags and string to give our boats more of an ocean liner feel. Here are our 4th of July boats:
This 4th of July we took a clue from Pinterest and made painted fire works.
The first step is to gather used toilet paper rolls.
Next, cut one end like a fringe, don’t cut all the way to the other end – leave a good inch or two so you have something to hold on to.
Once the fringe is cut all the way around, flatten it out in preparation for using it like a brush to dip into paint.
Now, lay out several paper plates and pour different colors onto each plate. Dip the TP brushes into the colors, leaving one ‘tp brush’ assigned to each color so as not to mix them.
Stamp the ‘tp brush’ dipped in paint onto black construction paper. in fireworks patterns.
Now make as many as you have sheets of black construction paper.
Celebrating Summer SolsticeÂ is a great way to connect kidsÂ with nature as Solstice highlights the transitions in nature.Â Crops are starting to grow, daylight is at its peak and the weather in most locations is inviting.
FEAST – Eat local and seasonal foods -Â Visit a farmers market
FLOWERSÂ – Pick some fresh outside, visit a florist, ResearchÂ legendsÂ about flowers
FIRE – Have a Bonfire -Â According to old pagan traditions, the bonfires would to scare off witches and other evil creatures during the Solstice.
SCIENCE – Learn more aboutÂ Phenology -Â the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life.
A solstice happens when the sun’s zenith is at its furthest point from the equator. On the June solstice, it reaches its northernmost point and the Earthâ€™s North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.4 degrees.Â It’s also known as the northern solstice because it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere.
‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it’s visible in the sky for a longer period of time.
Although the June solstice marks the first day of astronomical summer, it’s more common to use meteorological definitions of seasons, making the solstice midsummer.