Preschool Labor Day Arts & Crafts

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

As we gear up for Labor Day weekend, we made sure to make good use of our arts & crafts time this week.  The inspiration for this activity was simply finding a way to incorporate some practice with different materials my daughter enjoys.  We had fun working with paintbrushes, scissors, glue, and stickers to create some homemade American flags to send out to a few of our many hardworking loved ones.  She seemed to enjoy the painting portion the most.  She also enjoyed using her paintbrush to apply the glue needed to paste the artwork together.  You know she’s in the zone when you catch her with her tongue sticking out!  Scroll down to check out how we created our flags, a patriotic symbol of strength and prosperity, to commemorate hardworking Americans.

Materials We Used:
We also used our art smock, easel and craft paper, along with some washable, non-toxic poster paint.
My daughter put her smock on and got right to work with some red paint, on craft paper that I helped her set up on her easel.  Once that page was finished, we set it away to dry and got her teed up with the blue paint on fresh paper.  Once she finished, we set it to dry with the red.  A few hours later, we drew some guidelines and cut the red sheet into @ 1″ thick strips, soon to be our red stripes.  For my 2.5 year old, that includes a mixture of modeling cutting technique, assisting with cutting, and letting her work independently with scissors.  Next, we traced and cut the blue sheet into squares and rectangles.  We applied glue to the backs of the stripes, squares, and rectangles using a paintbrush, and arranged them on craft paper to create the flag.  Finally, my daughter applied the star stickers to the blue craft paper.  That’s it!
Hope you enjoy your Labor Day!!

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