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February 15, 2012

Patriotic Silhouettes

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Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. February 20th is President's Day and when I taught in public schools, we always made Presidential Silhouettes. This week I've branched off of that idea to give you a great momento of your child/children. If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. If you enjoy my crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest!

Patriotic Silhouettes

Materials:

  • Photographs of your child/children
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors

 

Directions:


1. Find or take a picture of your child's profile.

2. Trace the profile shape onto black construction paper and cut it out.
3. Glue the silhouette down on white paper.
4. Have your child cut strips of red paper and draw or cute stars to create a flag background.

Note: You do not need to create the patriotic background if you'd rather just have your child's silhouette or you could also have your child locate pictures in magazine of their favorite things to glue onto the picture. This makes a great momento!

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts: 1. Read the book Celebrating President's Day: What Is a President? (Learn to Read Read to Learn Holiday Series)
    with your child and discuss what a president is and why we celebrate this day. Focus on letters for this activity such as L for log cabin (for Ab Lincoln), P for President's day, etc. Have your child practice writing the letter, finding in in books, going on hunts around the house for items that begin with the letter...the possibilities are endless!
  • Science: Discuss shadows and how silhouettes can be created using shadows. Review that shadows occur when sun or artificial light is blocked by an object. This is an important Kindergarten SOL in Virginia.
  • Social Studies/History: 1. Discuss President's Day and why we celebrate it. Review who George Washington and Ab Lincoln are and why they are important to our nation's history. 2. Discuss the flag and what the stars and stripes represent. 3. Discuss being a good citizen and one trait of a good citizen is honesty. You can let your child know that Abraham Lincoln was often called "Honest Abe".