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Not So Lazy Days: Creating a more patriotic Fourth of July

Updated on July 5, 2011
One of the windsocks hangs on our porch.
One of the windsocks hangs on our porch. | Source

Arts & Crafts

Before heading out to the parade in town, I gave my children a little project to decorate the house for the holiday...

First, I gave them strips of red and blue paper (construction paper first folded in half longways, then folded again longways and cut on the folds) and asked them to color a design with only red, white and blue crayons.

After their coloring was complete, we glued one strip to the top of a white sheet of paper. Then, I took leftover red party streamers and cut into 8-inch pieces. We glued the streamers to the long side of the white paper without the strip in place. Next, another strip was glued over the streamers.

The boys were then asked to color one picture, like a star in the center. When done, we rolled the creations into a cylinder and taped the edges together.

To finish what was now clearly a patriotic windsock to the boys, we used a remaining strip to make the handle by folding it in half and taping it to the inside of the windsock.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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    • Samantha Sinclair profile image

      Samantha Sinclair 6 years ago from North Carolina

      thank you!

    • twilanelson profile image

      Twila Nelson 6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      You have a creative idea for the summer vacation. Enjoy your kids, summer vacation and good weather. Thank you for a fun inspiring Hub.