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Mom Camp Day 18: 4th of July Fun

In preparation for the 4th of July, we did a few crafts, played some games and took a swim.

Our first activity was a silly quiz to see which founding father you are. I got George Washington.  The kids each took the quiz and they both got Roger Sherman.  Now, I can’t say I know alloys founding fathers. But, growing up in Connecticut I actually knew who he was and gave the kids a long explain action on the important of his role at the Constitutional Convention. He was responsible for the Connecticut compromise and is the reason we have a Senate and a House of Representatives.

Next we went to work on a shortbread version of the White House from Trader Joe’s.  When we opened the package it smelled great.. Sadly it didn’t taste quite as good as it smelled.  I know, I know you don’t actually eat the cookie kits but you can’t blame us for a having a little nibble.

The frosting in the kit worked great and held the pieces together well.  The only issue we had with the kit were the columns. You have to brake them apart and in the process we cracked 4 out of 8.  Two columns we pieced back together with some of the icing and two of them were beyond repair and we ate them!

Then I had kiddos play and online educational video game.  They both declared it was borrng and quickly walked away from it.

We closed out the day with family movie night and

Both kids enjoyed the movie.  Thank heaven it wasn’t another Titanic disaster.

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American Independence Day: Mom Camp Day 12

IMG_2017It’s time to celebrate the 4th of July.  This year we have visitors coming for the days leading up to the 4th so our reading, arts and crafts will be limited.  Oh well.  We have managed to read and create a few fun things for the holiday!

Let’s start with our crafts.

Revolutionary War peg dolls–including our founding father Ben Franklin!

What you need:

Steps:

  1. Gather your clothespins and give them to the kids to color.  We looked at pictures of British Redcoats for inspiration.
  2. Depending of what sort of person you are making, use the glue gun to add embellishments.

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*We made tall bearskin hats for the Redcoats as well.  Cut out a rectangle with rounded edges on one side. IMG_2015 Again, ring the head of the clothespins with glue and glue the flat edge to the head.  You will now have an open cone on the clothespins.  Insert a cotton ball or two (depending on how tall you want your hat to be.).  The cotton ball will make sure the bearskin hat keeps its form and doesn’t collapse.  Fold the top in on itself and glue it closed.

IMG_2019*We made “tricornered hats” by cutting out circles in black construction paper. Then you fold up two sides and ring the “head” of the clothespins with glue and slap it on.

*We also made a colonial girl.  IMG_2004Using fabric scraps we cut out a small circle and glued it onto the head of the clothespins for a bonnet.  Then we added a skirt in the same pattern.  The Princess finished her off by coloring the shirt, face and hair.

IMG_2018*American Revolutionaries can be colored in basic clothes (because most were citizen soldiers and would not have had real uniforms.)  We did add a ‘coon skin cap by cutting a piece of brown pipe cleaner in half and coiling it up.  Make sure to leave a little of the brown at the back of the cap for the tail to dangle down. We also hid them behind the trees like real colonial militia.

*Finally, Ben Franklin!  Ben Franklin CraftRip off part of the cotton ball and glue it on his head for hair.  Next, cut out a construction paper diamond and color it how ever you like!  It’s going to be Ben’s famous kite! Glue the kite to a pipe cleaner and wrap the pipe cleaner around Ben’s waist.  If you want to be really ambitious, like us– just out a key and string it on the pipe cleaner before you tie it around his waist.  You will find that the kite causes Ben not to stand up.  We fixed this by gluing him to a jar lid covered in fabric.

IMG_2016We also recycled the fairy forest into a battle field for the war!

One of our other activities was a cool internet based decoding game provided by the US Park Service Rangers. You have to figure out a revolutionary war cypher as if you were George Washington!  Cinco enjoyed it and I convinced him he was a Revolutionary war spy–Fun and educational.

The Princess also worked a neat 4th of July worksheet set provided by Gift of Curiosity.  The pack says it for kids 2 to 7 and does offer various difficulty levels on the activities (matching, mazes, which one doesn’t belong).  But it was better suited for the 4-year-old than the 7-year-old. I think it’s a little to simple for any one over 6.   But it has great graphics!

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