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USA Patriotic Theme!

June 2, 2011 22:00 by Barbara Shelby

 Updated June, 2013

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This category is filled with ideas for RED, WHITE & BLUE DAYS!  Crafts, Art, Games, and more! (Red, White & Blue Food is on Page 2)
Consider some of these activities for themes of:  Patriotic, Uncle Sam, USA Olympics, Flag Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Fireworks, Labor Day or the Last Week of School or Good Old USA Days!

CRAFT IDEAS...

STAR-STUDDED LEIS
Need:
Craft foam
Sharpened pencil Elastic cording
Red-and-white striped straws or drink stirrers
Time needed: About 1 Hour
1. Cut out craft foam stars and use a shapened pencil to poke a hole in the middle of each one.
2. String them onto a length of elastic cording, alternating the stars with sections of straw or drink stirrer. Knot and wear.

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FELT AMERICAN FLAG
Materials:
Felt paper in red, white, and blue, white star stickers, dowel stick, glue, and scissors.
Give each child a large rectangle piece of white felt. Students (or the teacher) will cut out a blue square and 7 red strips. Glue onto white felt rectangle to resemble flag. Once dry, have students place white star stickers onto blue felt square. Glue the edge of the flag to the dowel stick and let dry (it may be best to use a glue gun). Let dry.

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RIBBON STREAMERS
Kids will have fun at parades and other celebrations with these hand held ribbon streamers. With just a few strands of ribbon you can create an accessory that looks cool when kids run or dance with it.
What you'll need:
Paper towel roll tube
Tacky glue
Scissors
Roll of red ribbon
Roll of blue ribbon
Roll of white ribbon
Roll of striped red, white, and blue ribbon
Hole punch
Measuring tape, ruler, or yardstick
1.  Wrap the striped red, white, and blue ribbon around the paper towel tube, applying tacky glue under the ribbon as you work. You can wrap the ribbon at an angle or horizontally, whatever you prefer.
2.  After ribbon is applied and glue has dried, punch 9 holes in the bottom of the paper towel tube with the hole punch.
3.  Cut three strips of red ribbon that are 46 inches long. Cut three strips of blue ribbon that are 46 inches long. Cut three strips of white ribbon that are 46 inches long.
4. Tie a knot in the top of each strip of ribbon.
5. Pull each of the strips through the holes so the knot is on the inside
of the tube.
If you can't find striped red, white, and blue ribbon, you can wrap around individual strips of red, white, and blue ribbon.

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AMERICAN FLAG WINDSOCK...
This project is a FUN way to decorate for any patriotic holiday, or to show your USA pride all year-round! American Flag Windsocks are easy to make and perfect for Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

  • Remove cover and cut bottom off oatmeal box.
  • Cover box with blue construction paper.
  • Decorate box with stickers and glitter.
  • Cut red and white crepe paper streamers, glue to bottom end of box.
  • Punch four holes along the top end of the box.
  • Cut two pieces of string about a foot long.
  • Tie strings to the holes you have just punched, tie opposite ends of strings to holes on opposite side.
  • Cut an additional longer piece of string. To hang windsock---tie this to the other two strings.

Hang windsock from porch, window or a tree!

 TIP: 'USA UNCLE SAM WINDSOCK'...All Windsocks can be decorated to any theme such as this photo example. For this windsock, it is suggested to start painting/decorating from the top and work your way down.

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POM POMS
1.
  Cover toilet tissue tubes with red or blue construction paper and have children decorate them with silver star stickers.
2.  Cut red, white and blue crepe-paper streams --into long and narrow strips. Have children glue the strips to one end of their tubes to make pompoms for shaking.

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 DECORATE WITH RED-WHITE AND BLUE TWIRLERS! A fun craft and nice decoration

 Hang from a window frame, tree, ceiling or porch!
Materials:
Plastic coffee can lids (Lids come in a variety of colors), Marker, Scissors, String

 

  •  To make one, use a nail to poke a hole in the center of a plastic coffee can lid.
  • With a marker, draw a spiral that starts 3/8 inch from the hole (it keeps going around itself in circular pattern) and gradually extends to the rim---then cut along the line with scissors.
  • Knot an end of a piece of string, thread the other end up through the hole in the center, and the twirler is ready to hang up and spin.
  • To spin, grasp each one at the bottom, twirl it around and around until the string is wound tight, let go and enjoy.  (Source: FamilyFun-but have also seen on CafeMom)

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HEAD BAND
Cut stars out of red, white and blue construction paper.
Make a head band out of white construction paper (make it long enough to fit around the child's head).
Glue stars on the band.
Red, white and blue stickers can also be added.
Allow the glue to dry.
Place band around child's head to get the size right.
Staple the band to make a circle.

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RED, WHITE, & BLUE WREATH
Materials:
Paper plate, white tissue paper, red tissue paper, blue tissue paper
silver streamers or ribbon, silver of white pipe cleaner, glue, stapler
Directions:
1.  Start by cutting out the center of a paper plate - discard the center.
2. Cut tissue into 6"x6" squares. Scrunch a piece of tissue up and dab it into the glue and place on the plate.
3.  Continue doing this and alternating colors until the plate rim is filled all the way up.
4.  Add a little sparkle by adding some silver streamers or ribbon here and there.
5.  Staple a pipe cleaner to the back of the wreath to make a hanger.

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MAKE CELEBRATION FRISBEES
Materials:
Red plastic plates (two for each Frisbee)
Scissors
Steak Knife (optional)
Large Ziploc baggie
Red, white and blue or multi-colored sequins
Stapler
1. Cut out the center of two red plastic plates. 
(Create a slit in the plastic plates with a knife. Next have children cut the rest of the center out with a pair of scissors.)
2. Fill the large plastic bag with colored sequins. 
(The Frisbee works better if you don’t put in too many sequins.
3. Place the plastic bag filled with sequins in between the two plates.
4. Staple the two plates together around the edges with the plastic bag in between. 
(It helps to have one person hold the plastic bag on each end so it’s taut, while the other person staples the plates together.) 5. Trim the parts of the plastic bag that hang outside the edge of the plates.
6. Go outside and throw the new Frisbee! 

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PATRIOTIC STAR
Materials:
Starfish (Real starfish)
Red Acrylic Paint
Blue Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
1) Paint red stripes on star fish leaving the upper left quadrant blank.
2) Paint blue in the upper left quadrant.
3) Allow to dry.
4) Paint small white stars in the blue painted section
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RED, WHITE AND BLUE PONY BEADS!

 

Don't forget to put out the red, white and blue pony beads to have the children create necklaces and bracelets.
Additionally...


Put out red, white, and blue embroidery floss for 'FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS!

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MAKE A STRING OF STARS!
Make a decorative string of stars to celebrate any red-white and blue day!
Need:
Construction paper (red, white and blue)
Scissors
String or yarn (red, white or blue)
A stapler, tape, or glue
Star template to trace...
1.  Make large star cardboard templates for the kids to trace.
2.  After stars are traced---Cut them out and decorate it if you like.
3.  Fold over one tip of the star and staple, tape, or glue the star to a length of string.
4.  Make many stars and attach them to the string.
5.  Leave some extra string at the edges for hanging.
Now you can decorate any area with a patriotic flair!

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NOISELESS NOISEMAKERS
Need: Plastic film canisters, popcorn kernels, stickers, glue, glitter, paint markers, red, white, and blue ribbon...
1.  Have children fill the film canister halfway with corn kernels and decorate with stickers.
2.  Staff members can then poke a hole in the lid of each canister and children can thread some curly ribbon through the hole.
3.  Knot the ribbon on the underside of the lid and let the rest stream out of the top.

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STREAMERS
Need: Cardbord tissue tubes and red, white, and blue streamers
1.  To make the streamers, have children glue (or have a staff member staple) lengths of crepe paper to the inside of a cardboard tube.
2.  Decorate as desired

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PARTY CRACKERS (Not the kind you eat…)

  • To make party crackers, take an old paper towel roll and cut it in half or thirds.
  • Place small favors such as erasers, tiny toys, stickers, or small wrapped candy inside.
  • Roll the filled paper towel roll in party wrapping paper allowing extra paper at both ends.
  • Twist the excess wrapping paper at each end and tie with ribbon or yarn. Party crackers!!!

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UNCLE SAM PIN
Materials:
White craft foam
Scissors
Markers
Wooden craft spoon
Googly eyes
Cotton balls
Glue
Self-adhesive pinback
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cut out a basic Uncle Sam-style hat (about 2 inches tall and 1 inch wide) from white craft foam.
2. Use markers to color the brim blue and to draw red stripes on the top.
3. Glue the hat TO THE HANDLE of a wooden craft spoon iIf necessary, first use scissors to trim the wooden handle so that it's shorter than the hat). 4. Glue on googly eyes and a cotton ball beard, then draw on a small L-shaped nose.
5. Attach a self-adhesive pinback (sold at many craft and bead stores), and your Uncle Sam pin is ready to wear.

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PATRIOTIC PLANT POT
Supplies: An unglazed terracotta plant pot
Red, white and blue acrylic paint
Brushes
1.  Paint the rim of the flowerpot white and the lower part of the pot blue (or paint the rim blue and the lower part white).
2.  Let the paint dry. A second coat may be needed, especially for the white paint.
3.  No matter which style you choose...Paint white stars on the blue portion; paint red stripes on the white part.

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PATRIOTIC PARADE STICK
Whether it’s a Parade, Presidents' Day, a 4th of July celebration or any other fun event you attend, this patriotic wand is perfect for showing your pride.
You'll need:
1 sheet blue construction paper
24” strip red crepe paper streamer
24” strip white crepe paper streamer
Scissors
Tape
Star shaped stickers

1. Roll blue construction paper into a tight cone and tape closed.
2. Cut each crepe paper strip into 3 parts of equal length. Next, cut strips in half lengthwise, creating two thin strips from each regular strip. You should end up with six strips of each color.
3. Place a small piece of tape at the end of one of the red strips. Press the tape inside the top of the cone. Repeat this step using a white strip. Repeat for remaining strips, alternating between red and white, work your way around the top of the cone so that your streamers are equally distributed.
4. Decorate strips and cone with star stickers.

TIPS:
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To make a sturdier parade stick, try using card stock or poster board for the handle.
   • Get stickers from the dollar store or check the clearance racks at the craft supply or discount department store.
   • Allow children to be creative by decorating with other items such as gems and glitter glue. Source: Kaboose.com Amanda Formaro 

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MORE QUICK CRAFT IDEAS
With plastic pony beads, ribbons, chenille stems, lanyard and tissue paper, kids can decorate the center and themselves.
Ideas:

• Bead HAIR TIES and NECKLACES

Add red, white and blue star beads to SHOE LACES

Lace red white and blue bead strands to clip on patio umbrellas. Use a chenille stem to bead stars to add to the ends.

Make red, white and blue TISSUE FLOWERS. Put in vases/jars or tie them on curling ribbon to decorate the corners of a picnic table. See 'tissue making flower ideas' in the "Flowers Category" of this site.

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PATRIOTIC BEAD PATTERNING
Gather several packages of red, white, and blue beads and white pipe cleaners. Make a few example patterns with the beads on the pipe cleaners. Set the remaining beads and pipe cleaners on a table and allow the children to copy any of the patterns on their own pipe cleaners.

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***Idea: Provide cardboard TP tubes, aluminum foil, craft paper, markers , gift wrap ribbon, tape, glue and scissors to build creative rockets...

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ART IDEAS...

 

 

 

TWO IDEAS TO Create your own FIREWORK PICTURES...
IDEA #1
Use dark construction paper, glue and different colors of glitter. These fireworks pictures are great decorations...
Supplies:
Black or very dark construction paper
Glitter
White glue
Old newspapers
A straw (optional)
1.  Work on old newspapers.
2.  Spread glue on the paper in geometric shapes. If the glue is soft enough, you can put a small blob of glue on the paper, and then blow some air through a straw to spread it into interesting shapes. You can experiment with the consistency of the glue and the angle of the straw.
3.  Sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Slide the excess glitter off your picture and back into the glitter container.

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IDEA #2 Bursts of PAINT that resemble FIREWORKS in the Sky...
Need:
Acrylic paint
Drinking straw
Paintbrush
Paper (or card stock)
Water
Time needed: 30 Minutes or Less...

For each color: In a paper cup--dilute some acrylic paint with water to a runny consistency. Using a paintbrush, drip a few drops of paint onto a piece of paper or card stock (be sure to rinse the brush between colors). Hold  a drinking straw directly over each puddle of paint and blow gently to create a spectacular starburst effect.

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE PUFFY ART
Materials:
Flour, Salt, Water, Red and blue food coloring, Empty squeeze bottles (mustard bottles work well), Cardboard
Directions:
1.
Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water to make the puffy paint.
2. Divide mixture into three different bowls and color one bowl of mixture blue, one bowl red, and leave the last one white.
3. Fill the mustard bottles with the mixture (one color per squeeze bottle).
4. Let the children squeeze the different colors onto the cardboard.
5. When they're dry, the design will be raised and will sparkle!

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE Q-TIP COLLAGE
Dip the end of a Q-tip in glue and glitter and have children glue them on a black piece of paper in the shape of a star - they look like fireworks!

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KIDS ALWAYS LOVE FACE PAINTING!

 

Pull out the red, white and blue paint. PAINT STARS OR A FLAG on the cheeks/face of the kids!

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PAINTING WITH GRASS
1.  Gather red, and blue paint---take it outside and paint the grass blade tops!
2.  Set 'white' paper on the painted grass. These are lawn prints, but will resemble fireworks on the paper.
TIP: You can also use different colors for a non-thematic "quick" activity.
This is adapted from an idea by caregiver of autistic children.

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RED, WHITE, AND BLUE ABSTRACT COLLAGE
This actvity is especially good with young children!
1.  Put out pre-cut-shapes of the flag ---blue rectangles, red stripes, and sticky stars.
2.  Instruct the children to create anything they'd like... Some may look like the American flag and some may look like abstract collages---but all will be patriotic!

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CHALK ONE UP IN RED, WHITE & BLUE!
Bring out the artistic side of your celebrants by setting out colored chalk and inviting them to draw a RED, WHITE & BLUE HOLIDAY SIDEWALK MURAL. They might try their hand at colorful fireworks, or as a team--create a giant American flag. The bigger kids can sketch the outline and work on the stars, while the younger ones can help with the stripes. If you have a sunny, dry month---your sidewalk show of patriotism could keep the spirit alive for weeks.

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QUEEN ANN'S LACE FLOWER ART
The finished products resemble brilliant fireworks displays
Materials: Several stalks of Queen Anne's Lace, red, yellow and white paint, dark paper.
1. Pour paint into shallow containers.
2. Have the children dip the Queen Anne's Lace blossoms into paint and lightly dab them on their papers.

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THREE EASY ART TABLE ACTIVITIES
#1.  STARS & STRIPES SPONGE ART
Red and blue tempera paint, Sponges cut into stars and long strips, White construction paper
Let the children make sponge prints on the white paper with the red and blue paint.
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#2.  STAR COOKIE CUTTERS
Gather a few star-shaped cookie cutters and shallow bowls of red and blue tempera paint. Put out all materials for children to press the cookie cutters into the paint and then onto a piece of construction paper to make star shaped prints
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#3.  TEAR PAPER ART
Have a flag as a guide for the kids to follow. Tearing strips of red, white and blue paper, have children glue them onto a large sheet of construction paper. Make sure they know what size they should be trying to tear for the stars, stripes, etc. This is a good idea for younger children but the older may also enjoy it. 

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PLAY DOUGH FUN
Make your favorite play dough recipe and add RED food coloring, jello or kool-aid to one portion, BLUE to another--- and leave SOME AS IS. (Make it with the children) Put dough out along with 'star shaped' cookie cutters and let children create! (Lots of Play Dough recipes here)

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MAKE A TOGETHERNESS FLAG...
Materials Needed
Red, white and blue paint
Paintbrush
Paint Trays
Sheet of paper 2' x 3' or larger

1. On the large sheet of paper, draw lines for stripes and paint a blue square in the upper left corner.
2. Have the children fill in the bottom stripe by dipping their hands in the red paint and pressing them end to end within the lines of the stripe. Using the white paint, have them make a white stripe just above it the same way.
3. Continue until you have all 13 stripes filled with hand prints.
4. Have the children dip their fingertips in paint and make the "stars" in the blue square.
Extension Idea:
Have children make our country's very first flag in the same manner and discuss why it looks different from the flag we have today.

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GAMES WITH RED-WHITE-BLUE TWIST

U.S. FLAG RELAY RACE
Have the kids make small U.S. flags and place them in red, white, and blue sand pails with sand filler at the bottom. Turn this decoration into a game.
1.  Divide the kids into two teams and have them run, grab a flag, and quickly walk back to the team line.
2.  The next person must do the same. The team with all of the flags in hand the quickest wins!
3.  Be sure to have the kids take the flags home!

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RED-WHITE-BLUE EGG SPOON RELAY RACE
1.  Boil a dozen eggs and color some red and blue. (Be sure to keep some white!)
2.  Divide the kids into two teams, and provide each with a spoon and eggs.
3.  The kids balance a colored egg on their spoon and walk quickly from one end of the game area to the other and return.
4.  If the egg drops, the team member must begin again.
5.  The first team with all members completing the relay race wins!

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UNCLE SAM DRESS-UP RELAY RACE
Need:

Two sets of clothing consisting of: Uncle Sam's hat, a white beard, a blue jacket or shirt, red clip-on bow tie, and a bell.
1.  Separate players into two equal lines spaced approximately 6 feet apart.
2.  Place a set of clothing at the beginning of each line; then place a bell approximately 15 feet in front of each line.
3.  On 'go', the first player in line dresses up in the clothing; then MARCHES to the bell.
4.  When they reach the bell, they pick it up with their left hand, turn and face their teammates and then ring the bell.
5. They replace the bell and MARCH back to the front of their line--remove the clothing--and go to the end of their line.
6. The next player repeats the process; repeat until the last player finishes. The first team to finish is the winner.

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***Click for a great variety of RELAY RACES and picnic games ...(Races, Relays, Balloon and Bean Bag Fun!) You may also like some PARACHUTE GAMES!

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Check out the  RED, WHITE & BLUE JOKES on KidActivities.net

FUN IDEA → If you're having a party, as a warm-up game write down jokes on individual slips of paper. Half the kids/guests get the Question--and the other half get the Answer! Good fun with kids trying to find their Question and Answer match! 

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SCIENCE IDEAS...

MILK FIREWORKS SCIENCE
This is a fun project but NOT a recipe for drinking
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You’ll Need
Whole milk (must be whole milk...project needs the fat!)
A baking pan
Food coloring
Liquid dishwashing soap
Directions
1.
Pour the milk into the baking pan.
2. Drop several different colors of food coloring all around the milk.
3. Add a “squirt” or two of the dishwashing liquid, and watch the colors burst and swirl. The dishwashing liquid separates the fat from the other liquids in the milk. If the fireworks slow down, just add another squirt of dishwashing liquid
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 RED, WHITE AND BLUE CARNATIONS

#1 Idea
Make tie-dyed looking red, white and blue carnations. These flowers look great for any red-white & blue theme!.
You’ll Need:
2 glasses
Water
Red and blue food coloring
White carnations
Green thread
1.  Pour water into a glass of water. Add 7 to 8 drops of red food coloring to the glass.
2.  Pour water into another glass and add 7 to 8 drops of blue food coloring to the glass.
3.  Cut the stem of a white carnation lengthwise. This will make the carnation stem into two thin stems.
4.  Set the two glasses of colored water together. Put half of the stem of the carnation into the red water and the other half into the blue water.
5.  Let the carnation sit for a few hours. The carnation will begin to change gradually into red and blue.
6.  Take the flower out of the mixture in just a few hours before the colors can change the white carnation entirely. You want it so that some of the white is still on the carnation.
7.  Wrap the stems together with green thread and place the carnation into a clear vase of water. Make several flowers and show off your beautiful red, white and blue flowers in a vase.
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Idea #2 RED, WHITE & BLUE FLOWERS...
Kids will enjoy making these using white flowers such as daisies, mums and carnations.
1.  Pour water into a canning jar with several drops of red or blue food coloring.
2.  Place the flowers into the jar over night. Don't forget to set some of the white flowers aside to add to the bouquet.
3.  In the morning, place all of the flowers into a fresh vase of water and tie red, white and blue ribbon around the top of the jar.

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MENTOS ERUPTION -- Soda Geyser-- or just Diet Coke and Mentos

(Do this outside) This is a reaction between Mentos candy and cola. The experiment involves dropping several Mentos candies (usually 5–8) into a bottle of diet cola resulting in an eruption occurring because of rapidly expanding carbon dioxide bubbles on the surface of the Mentos.

I  tried this experiment with three of my grandsons (Ages 6, 8,11-see photo) They all loved it! We quickly put five mentos into the Coke. The reaction starts immediately-so be quick!

If you want an explanation:
There are various theories being debated as to the exact scientific explanation of the phenomenon, many scientists claim that it is a physical reaction and not a chemical one. Water molecules strongly attract each other, linking together to form a tight connection around each bubble of carbon dioxide gas in the soda. To form a new bubble, water molecules must push away from one another. It takes extra energy to break this surface tension. So, in other words, water resists the expansion of bubbles in the soda.

 

When Mentos are dropped into soda, the gellan gum and gum arabic of the candy dissolves and breaks the surface tension. This disturbs the water connection, so that it takes less work to expand and form new bubbles. Each Mentos candy has thousands of tiny pores over its surface. These tiny pores function as nucleation sites, perfect places for carbon dioxide bubbles to form. As soon as the Mentos enter the soda, bubbles form all over their surface. They quickly sink to the bottom, causing carbon dioxide to be released by the carbonated liquid with which they come into contact along the way. The sudden increase in pressure pushes all of the liquid up and out of the bottle.
From: wikipedia.org

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ALKA-SELTZER ROCKET (Also fun for the 4th!)

....is a model rocket fashioned from a 35mm film canister and propelled by the generation of gas from an effervescent liquid. It is often used in science classes to demonstrate principles of chemistry and physics to students.

1.  In the experiment, a film canister is filled with water and an effervescent tablet (commonly Alka-Seltzer) and tightly sealed.
2.  After a short time, the evolved carbon dioxide reaches sufficient pressure to cause the body of the canister to be launched into the air with a popping sound.
3.  The canister may be elaborated with paper fins to resemble more closely a real rocket.

Lessons based around the Alka-Seltzer rocket can focus on a number of principles. For example, the students are sometimes asked to experiment with the amounts of water and Alka-Seltzer to find the combination which propels the rocket the greatest distance.
Alternatively they may derive equations to calculate the speed and velocity of the rocket from the distance it travels.
Source: wikipedia.org

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GARDENING-- RED, WHIE AND BLUE FLOWERS IN A RED WAGON!

Have a child's wagon you're not using? Plan ahead for your 'Patriotic celebration' and fill that wagon with red, white, and blue flowers. Include a sweet alyssum border, geraniums, lobelia, cosmos, begonias, and impatiens. For the finishing touch, add American flags to the mix.

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MUSIC/MOVEMENT...

THREE FLAG SONGS...

 
#1
Sung to tune of "Mary had a Little Lamb"
Our flag is red, white, & blue
red, white & blue
red,white & blue
Our flag is red, white, & blue
in the U.S.A.
Our flag has 50 stars,
50 stars, 50 stars,
Our flag has 50 stars, in the U.S.A.
Our flag has 13 stripes,
13 stripes, 13 stripes,
Our flag has 13 stripes,
in the U.S.A.
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#2 DOWN AT THE FLAGPOLE
"Down By the Station"
Down at the flagpole,
Early in the morning,
We will raise our flag,
The red, white, and blue.
We stand at attention,
It's something that we do.
We salute the colors,
The red, white, and blue.
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#3 THE RED WHITE AND BLUE
"When the Saints Come Marching In"
Oh, when the flag comes marching in,
Oh, when the flag comes marching in,
How I love to see its three colors,
The red, white, and blue

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RED, WHITE AND BLUE PARADE AND BIKE IDEAS...

 

1.  Using crepe paper and streamers, have the kids DECORATE THEIR BIKES, scooters, wagons, and younger children’s strollers. You can also attach playing cards to the frame so they hit the spokes & sound like a wheel of fortune.
2.  Make musical instruments from ‘Recycled materials’. See 
gads of instrument ideas on KidActivities.
3.  You could also take shoe boxes and have the children make “themed’ floats from them! These could be carried in the parade.
4.  Encourage all to wear red, white and blue clothing!

 You now have all the makings for a great parade!!!

BEFORE THE EVENT:
Plan your parade route and then hand out fliers to alert your potential audience of the event--- which would be your neighborhood and parents. Invite all to watch!

EVENT:
You can parade around the school or center block, track or playground. Ride the decorated vehicles, wave banners and march, play the pre-made (and practiced on) instruments, sing, and have a great time!!!

AFTER:
Consider having an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL!
You can also give out awards ...such as the Best Red, White and Blue Bicycle; Most Original Bicycle; Most Creatively Decorated Bicycle; Most Appealing to Spectators, Smallest, Most Covered, Most Unique, etc.
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ANOTHER IDEA with bikes...
You can also have a "SLOWEST BICYCLE RACE" with decorated bikes... See the
Mixing Math and Fun Category (near the bottom of the category page.) 
Add this to ideas for a 'Red, White & Blue' program parade around the neighborhood!!! We did one with our families last year and it was great fun!!! We're in a quiet neighborhood---advertised for two weeks before---and had all the neighborhood out to watch us! Cassie/Mi.

To keep your lawn chair spectators happy, consider enlisting some of the following:
  •   Families carrying homemade banners pinned across a broomstick.
  •   Pets with red, white and blue ribbons in their leashes or collars.
  •   A parent and kid kazoo band.
  •   In-line skaters wearing red, white and blue T-shirts and helmets, of course.
  •   Bigger kids dribbling red, white and blue basketballs or soccer balls.
  •   A teenage DJ carrying a boom box playing patriotic songs.
  •   Bikes, strollers, wagons and wheelchairs sporting streamers and balloons.
  •   A minuteman marching band featuring kids playing oatmeal-container drums and paper-towel-roll fifes. Band students can chime in with their trumpets and clarinets, and even moms and dads can dust off their old instruments and join the fun.
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A clown (a parent dressed in costume) tossing penny candy to the crowd.
  •   Use tape, streamers, flags and balloons to transform a fleet of wagons into patriotic parade floats.

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TRIVIA...

CAN YOU NAME THE ORIGINAL 13 COLONIES? Have a quiz to see how many the kids can correctly name. You can also have the kids guess in pairs or teams! (You may also be interested in the 'Colonial Theme' for some great ideas)

ANSWER:
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia


DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO DESIGNED THE FIRST U.S. FLAG?
Betsy Ross --but the answer (according to the experts at the 'Betsy Ross house') is that it was possibly designed by Francis Hopkinson, a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The stars on the flag were in a circle so that no one colony would be viewed above another. It is reported that George Washington said, "Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens."

This is page 1, Go to Page 2 ~ Pariotic Red, White & Blue Food  

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You may also be interested in the 'Cherry Theme'...lots of good ideas that would work with some Red-White-and Blue' Summer Time Fun!

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HAPPY RED. WHITE AND BLUE DAY!

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'Traveling Around the World' is a great theme for multicultural experiences as well as popular for classroom, day camp and childcare programs! Category resources available at this time are:
•CHINA   •FRANCE  •MEXICO  •USA-PATRIOTIC  •USA-COLONIAL
  •All Multicultural Diversity Categories

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Patriotic Theme Page 2 - Red, White and Blue Food

June 2, 2011 21:55 by Barbara Shelby

 

 Updated May 2013

 STAR SHAPED FRUIT

 Have some 'Patriotic fun' with your fruit! Pull out the star-shaped cookie cutters and serve the shapes mixed in a fruit bowl...on a platter...or on long tooth picks or skewers!

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 STAR-SPANGLED STRAWBERRIES

 Select some large, firm strawberries. Wash and pat dry. Dip one side of each strawberry in either melted semi-sweet dipping chocolate or vanilla-flavored almond bark. (If using melted chocolate chips, add 1 teaspoon of shortening to thin.) Immediately roll coated side of the strawberry in chopped nuts, coconut, or red, white, and blue candy sprinkles. Place on wax paper until chocolate is set. Eat as a snack or place on the top of ice cream, cakes, etc.

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RED, WHITE, AND BLUE PRETZEL RODS

Ingredients:
1
bag of pretzel rods
1 bag of Nestle's white chocolate morsels, melted
Sprinkles (red, white and blue) or star decorations

 
Directions:
Melt the white chocolate morsels according to the package directions. While chocolate is hot, dip the pretzel rods halfway into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle the star decorations or the red, white and/or blue sprinkles onto the chocolate on each pretzel rod before the chocolate cools. Place coated pretzel rod on waxed paper or in a cup (decorated side up) to dry and cool.

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RED-WHITE VEGGIES WITH BLUE DIP

    • Cauliflower
   • Cherry tomatoes
   • Red radishes
   • Red peppers
   • Ranch dressing
   • Blue food coloring

Prepare the veggies and place around a plate. Pour about 1/2 cup ranch dressing into a dish and combine with about 10 drops of blue food coloring - mix well. Chill and serve! Prepare the veggies and place around a plate alternating colors. Pour about 1/2 cup ranch dressing into a dish and combine with about 10 drops of blue food coloring - mix well. Chill and serve! 

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RED-WHITE-& BLUE TWINKIE DESSERT

   • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries –and blueberries to sprinkle
   • 1 (18.75 ounce) can ready-to-use strawberry glaze
   • 8 Twinkies
   • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
   • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
   • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions:
1.
Combine strawberries and glaze in a small bowl.
2. Slice Twinkies in half lengthwise, and place in a single layer over the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch dish.
3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and condensed milk until smooth. Fold in whipped topping, and spread mixture over Twinkies. Spoon berries over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle blueberries in with strawberries...Cover and chill 30 minutes or more. Refrigerate leftovers.

Note: People that have made this suggest making it in a trifle bowl or double decker the Twinkies. They have said that '8 Twinkies' is not enough---12 to 20 Twinkies (depending on container) would be better---and that the cream topping would NOT have to change in proportion. All really liked it!

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RED-WHITE-AND-BLUE- BERRIES

1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 pint fresh blackberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Slice strawberries and combine in a bowl with blue and/or blackberries. Sprinkle berries with two teaspoons sugar. Whip cream until soft peaks form and sweeten with remaining sugar. Serve berries in small cups with generous spoonfuls of fresh whipped cream.
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RED, WHITE, AND BLUE POUNDCAKE

Take a store bought pound cake (such as Sara Lee) and slice it long wise into three slabs. Cover the first slab with sliced strawberries (drain first). Add the second slab and cover with blueberries (drained). Top with the remaining slab and frost with either cream cheese frosting or whipped topping. If using cream cheese frosting, refrigerate. If using whipped topping, freeze. Serve immediately (allow the frozen version to thaw).

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 RED, WHITE & BLUE ICE CREAM

Allow vanilla ice cream to thaw somewhat--- remove ice-cream from the carton and mix in fresh strawberries and blueberries.
Optional additions: chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc. when all is combined- refreeze. (You’ll need a larger container that the original ice-cream container ) Serve in cones or disposal paper cups
 

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FLAG CAKE

Ingredients:
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 pint blueberries, rinsed and drained
2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
Directions:
1. Prepare cake according to package directions and bake in a 9x13 inch pan. Cool completely.
2. Frost cake with whipped topping. Place blueberries in a square in the corner, and arrange sliced strawberries as stripes to make an American flag. Chill until serving.
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RED, WHITE AND BLUE JELL-O

Ingredients
2 packages 3 ounces black cherry flavored gelatin
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 package 3 ounces lemon flavored gelatin
1 package 8 ounces cream cheese,
1 package 8 ounces whipped topping
2 packages 3 ounces strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups frozen strawberries
Container: 3 quart baking dish
Prep Time: 2 hours
Servings: 24
Directions:

  • Prepare black cherry flavored gelatin using 2 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of cold. Add blueberry pie filling and stir until filling is mixed in thoroughly. Pour into the baking dish and place in the refrigerator. Allow to chill until firm.
  • Prepare lemon flavored gelatin using 1 cup of boiling water. Beat cream cheese slightly and then add the lemon gelatin mixture. Beat gelatin and cream cheese until smooth. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature. Once the cream cheese mixture has cooled, fold in the whipped topping until mixed thoroughly. Pour this mixture over the firmly set bottom layer. Return to the refrigerator.
  • Prepare the strawberry flavored gelatin using 2 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of cold. Add the frozen strawberries and stir to mix thoroughly. Cool this mixture until room temperature and then pour over the middle cream cheese layer. The cream cheese layer should have been chilled long enough to become firm.
  • Return the 3 layers to the refrigerator and chill until top layer is firm.
  • Cut into squares to serve. Top with a little whipped topping and a couple of blueberries, if desired.
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RED-WHITE AND BLUE STRAWBERRIES

........Select 12 good quality strawberries and slice each strawberry in half. The green leaves can be kept on the berry or removed, if desired.
........Use a melon ball scoop to remove the center of each half slice of the strawberry and fill each scooped half slice of strawberry with approximately 1 teaspoon of yogurt, or any white filling desired, such as a fruit dip, custard, pudding, or whipped topping. Top the yogurt with a blueberry and serve, or chill to be served when ready.
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RED, WHITE, AND BLUE DUMP CAKE

Ingredients
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 package white cake mix
2
sticks margarine, melted
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions
Lightly grease a 13x9-inch baking pan. Pour in the cherry pie filling. Top with the blueberries. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the fruit, then drizzle the melted margarine over the top. Finish with the nuts. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes-or until done. 
Serve alone, with whipped topping, or with vanilla ice cream 

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MISCELLANEOUS RED/WHITE/BLUE FOOD IDEAS...

 
• Make red, white and blue fruit skewers or arrange a fruit tray. Serve with white dip-or add food coloring to dip.

• Snack on red, white, and blue potato chips and tortilla chips. Serve them with sour cream and salsa.

• Cut red and white cheeses into chunks. Place toothpicks into cheese chunks for easy serving.

• Make skewers of red meats, such as pepperoni and sausage, with white cheeses.

• Arrange white crackers on a tray. Add red or blue food coloring to sour cream or other dips.

• Make red and blue ice cubes by adding food coloring to ice cube trays. Drop blueberries, cranberries or rasberries into ice-cube trays of plain water.

• Serve "red pop", red punch, smoothies or red and blue Kool-Aid. For adults-serve red and white wines.

• Bake a batch of white sugar cookies...Frost and decorate with patriotic frosting and red, white, and blue toppings. Sprinkle red, white, and blue sugar on top just prior to baking.
 
• Divide cookie dough into three parts. Add red food coloring to one, blue food coloring to another, and leave the third part white.

•Top a cupcakes, white cake or ice cream cake with strawberries and blueberries...also see above 'Flag Cake'.
 
•Make red, white, and blue Jell-O Jigglers. Use star-shaped cookie cutters to cut them out.

•Make single-colored batches of Jell-O using blue raspberry, cherry, strawberry, strawberry banana, strawberry kiwi, etc.
Layer the colors by allowing the bottom layer to settle before adding another color.

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 A 'QUICK LIST' OF RED, WHITE, AND BLUE FOODS...

RED FOODS 
Cranberry juice, jello (cherry, strawberry, etc.), cherries, watermelon, strawberries, red rasberries, red apples, tomatoes, tomato sauce, red velvet cake, homemade or purchased salsa for chips, pepperoni and salami

WHITE FOODS
Peeled apples and bananas (sprinkle apples and bananas with lemon juice to prevent browning, coconut, lychees, peeled pears. Button mushrooms, cauliflower, great northern beans, rice, white asparagus, white icicle radishes, white onions, white potatoes, white potato salad, white sweet corn, coleslaw
Cottage cheese, cream, cream cheese, milk, plain yogurt
, vanilla yogurt, sour cream, vanilla ice cream, white cheese (swiss, mozzerella, etc.).
Marshmallows, mayonnaise, pasta, tofu, tortillas, white bread, popcorn


BLUE FOODS
Blueberries, Blue jello, Blue Kool-Aid, blue corn chips, blue cornbread, blue jelly beans, blue M&Ms, blue gummie candy, blue corn tortillas, curacao (for adult drinks) blue rice (boiled with blue food coloring)

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FOOD FUN... RED, WHITE AND BLUE TASTE TEST!

Put out all sorts of food and spices in a series of small dishes.

• Blindfold the kids (and maybe even adults) and have them guess what each food is.
• Ideas for tasting include salt, ketchup, blueberries, strawberries, mayonnaise, sponge cake, strawberry jam, pepper jack cheese, beets, tomatoes, bananas, cherries, etc.

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BEVERAGES

Smoothie Recipes are all from the Smoothies, Shakes, and Coolers Page. Visit it for general directions and many more ideas!

RED, WHITE AND BLUE SMOOTHIE

(1 serving)
1/2 large frozen banana chunked
2 fresh, large strawberry sliced
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
2 ice cubes

Place the banana pieces, strawberries, blueberries, milk, vanilla extract, yogurt, and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIES...


EASY FRESH BERRY SHAKE
1 cup milk
½ banana, sliced
¼ cup fresh berries
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Makes 4 to 6 small servings.
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LOTS OF BERRIES SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup nonfat frozen yogurt
1/2 cup ice
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in blender; mix until smooth and frothy.
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SUPER BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
2 cups apple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon honey
Whirl all together in blender!
1 large serving...
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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (or blueberry)
1 cup washed, stemmed blueberries
honey to taste

Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth
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BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE #2
1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 cups (10 oz.) frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
1 cup pineapple, orange and strawberry juice blend or pineapple-orange juice
1 container (8 oz.) low fat vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons sugar
Directions
In the container of an electric blender, combine blueberries, juice, yogurt and sugar. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Serve immediately in tall glasses.
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BLUEBERY SUPREME...
Great in the morning!
1 cup fresh blueberries
4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup milk
Combine the blueberries, frozen yogurt and milk in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Serves 1.

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RASBERRY/STRAWBERRY/MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIES

TRIPLE RASBERRY SMOOTHIE #1 
1 cup frozen concentrated raspberry juice
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon raspberry jam
3 ice cubes
Directions:
Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately with drinking straws. 

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TRIPLE RASBERRY SMOOTHIE #2 
1 cup orange juice
1 cup raspberry yogurt
1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 frozen banana (chunks)
1 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed. Blend at a low setting for the first minute, then the high setting until smooth.
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COCONUT-STRAWBERRY FIZZ
This is cool and creamy, but light---with strawberries, coconut milk and a nice soda fizz.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 cups frozen strawberries
3 Tbsp sugar
1 cup club soda
Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses.

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 ...This one is sooo good and easy too!

Back to page 1 for Art, Carfts, Games, Science Fun and More! All with a Red-White and Blue twist!

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REFRESHING and PRETTY WATERMELON COOLER

 Ingredients: Watermelon chunks and frozen lemonade ice-cubes ( A couple strawberries thrown into the blender would also add a nice taste!)

This is extremely easy to make...just chunk up a watermelon and put into a blender. After combining watermelon, add PRE-MADE lemonade ice-cubes and continue to whirl in the blender. This drink will not be 'slushy' but more of a smooth or watery drink.

Add a few ice-cubes (made from water) to a glass and enjoy!

The cooler is best if drank immediately-- as it will separate as it sits... (The pictured drink was made using about 3 cups of watermelon and about 7 small lemonade ice-cubes. If too many frozen-lemonade cubes are used, they will overpower the drink. 

The glass in the sample is very large; this amount would fill two regular size glasses. NOTE: It is actually my husband's favorite summer drink that has been sampled this year! Oh! And did I forget to mention how much healthier this is than a soft drink beverage? Image by KidActivities.net

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  LOVELY FRUITED LEMONADE...

 First, purchase or make your favorite lemonade. Add a variety of sliced fruit. After being refrigerated, the lemonade will pick up the color and taste of the added fruit.

The lemonade in the image was made adding orange slices, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and squished raspberries to add the red color. Complete with ice-cubes and enjoy! (Image by KidActivities.net)

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Races, Relays, Balloons & Bean Bag Games!

February 27, 2010 05:39 by Barbara Shelby

Updated January 2013

THE FOLLOWING GAMES ARE GREAT FOR BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PLAY--as well as parties, themes and Red, White and Blue Days! Below are relay and races as well as games that use bean bags, eggs, and balloons!

RACES & RELAYS...

NEWSPAPER RACE 
Two newspaper sheets required per player.
Each player must race to the turning point and back, stepping only on his newspapers.
He steps on one, lays the other in front of him steps on it, moves the first forward, and steps on it and so on.

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NO HANDS GET UP
Players run to turning point, stop, lie down on their backs, fold hands across chest and get up without moving their arms, and run back to finish line.

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HUMAN HURDLE (Must have at least 10 players)

1. Divide players into 2 teams...with each team laying in a circle.(Be sure there is a wide space between each player and heads are towards the center of the circle.

2. Assign each team member a number. (If there are 6 players on each team, each team player will be number 1 through 6) #1 on each team, gets up and runs over the bodies in the group--until they get back to their own spot.

3. #2 gets up and does the same. The first team to have all runners 'hurdle'--is the winner!

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STANDING PRETZEL RACE or RELAY

1. Have kids get into pretzel positions by standing on their left leg.
2. Lift the right leg and cross it in front of the left knee.
3. Cross arms in front of the body.
4. On the word "go" hop to the finish line. The "pretzel" who gets to the finish line 1st wins.

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TUNNEL RELAY
All members in the team stand astride. Runners must first crawl under the legs of all players in the team--run forward to the turn around point --and return to tag the next person of the team who does the same thing as the first player. Play continues...

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SKIP AND THROUGH
Children stand in partners in a double circle.
The partners skip around the circle.
On signal, the inside person stops, folds their arms and puts their legs apart.
The outside person runs around the circle, goes through partner's tunnel and sits cross-legged on the inside of the circle.

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UNDER BROOM RELAY 
Lay a broom across two chairs for each team.
Form teams and direct them to run from the starting line to the broom, crawl under the broom without knocking it off, and then run back to the starting line where they  tag the next guest in line.
Continue until each guest has had a turn.
The team to finish first wins.

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SPIDER RACE
Team formation, Players #1 stand facing the goal.
Player #2 stands beside him, with his back to the goal.
The two players link elbows and on the signal, the pair run to the goal and back.
One person runs backward each time.
The rest of the players repeat the same action until every person has a turn.

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WHEEL BARROW
Partners assume the Wheel barrow and pusher position.
On the signal, advance to the turning point where they change positions and return to the starting line.

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WILD ROLL RELAY
Need several balls and a bat, broom, or yardstick for each team.
Put teams in separate lines (rows).
First child takes the ball and pushes or bats (whatever you decide) the ball from one end of the room to the other.
They then pick up the ball with one hand and drag the broom or stick with the other... and run back to starting line.
It can be varied by  the kids going backwards while pushing or batting the ball to their teams or the players hopping while going back and forth.

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CARTWHEEL RACE - Self explanatory Laughing

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CONSEQUETIVE JUMPS - Everyone jumps in predetermined fashion

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INSIDE OR OUTSIDE BANANA OLYMPICS (Relay Race)
Divide the group into teams of 8-10 players and give each team a banana.

Some ideas for Banana Relays:
1. Place the banana between the knees and hop down the course and back.
2. Two teammates tossing the banana back and forth down the course and back.
3. The banana under your armpit and hopping on one leg down and back.
4. Teammates line up in leapfrog formation and first player hops over players while holding banana and then tosses banana to next player in line to do the same.

Show the players all the relays that they’ll have to complete for the Olympics. You may have to write them on a large white board so that all players will know what relay is next. Once a team has completed all these relays someone (or the whole team) on the team must eat the banana and the team that is done first is the winner. Use your own ideas, add to the list or use only a few ideas. You can adjust this game to all types of players including the disabled.

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SOCCER RELAY
1.  Need three or four balls and cones...
2.  Partners are placed in file formation.
3.  Place cones at the end of the play area.
4.  The first two partners have a soccer ball.
5.  On signal, they must run, PASSING THE BALL FROM ONE TO THE OTHER... up to.. and around... the cone.
6.  They return passing the ball the same way ..and give the ball to the next two in their team.
7.  Relay play continues in same manner.

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CONTINUOUS HOOP RELAY
Need about five hoops
1.  Line up File line...
2.  The first player runs up and picks up a hoop.
3.  The other team members run up and go through the hoop.
4.  When all are through, the leader with the hoop rushes back with the hoop.
5.  The leader hands the hoop to the second person who runs up and everyone runs through again.
6.  Give everyone the chance to be the leader.

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SHOE BOX FOOT RELY RACE
Have the children bring two shoe boxes with them.
Tape the lids onto the boxes, then cut a one-inch-wide and four-inch long slit in each top.
Have the contestants slip their feet into the slits in the boxes and race...
The race can be individual--with all youth racing together in a horizontal line--or done as a relay.

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PUSH UP RELAY
1.  Create groups of four or five players in file formation.
2.  The teams stand behind a line.
3.  TWO PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM ARE DESIGNATED AS OBSTACLES: one to go under and one to jump over.
4.  On signal, the first person in each team runs up and crawls UNDER the first obstacle; This person obstacle does a push up holding the position.
5.  The player then jumps OVER the second obstacle and then touches the given line. This player then runs back to tag the next team member to do the same.

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JUMP THE CREEK!
Need: Two long ropes
Divide the children into two teams, on at each end of the play area.
On your signal
, the two teams run and try to jump the ropes.
Keep on widening the ropes each time.
If the students land in the creek, they must dry their feet (lie on their back and shake their legs)
They then get up and continue the jumps!

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COTTON BALL RACE
Materials Needed:
Lots of cotton balls, Vaseline, 2 or 4 bowls, tissue paper

1. Put a handful of cotton balls in one of the bowls.
 Put the bowl at one end of a rug or mat that is on the floor (Or just play on floor)
Put the other empty bowl on the opposite end of the mat.
2. Rub Vaseline on the child’s nose and have them put their nose in the bowl with the cotton balls.
3. The object of the game is to get as many cotton balls as possible on their nose without using their hands.
4. After cotton balls are stuck to their nose—they crawl over to the empty bowl --- and take them off their nose with their hands-- kids then put them in the bowl. Wipe the Vaseline off with a tissue or napkin.
5. If you play with TEAMS set a time limit, and see who moves the most cotton balls from one bowl to the next.

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OBSTACLE RELAY (set up two courses)
Players run the course from the head of the team to the turning point and back to the head of the team.
They follow the course as to whatever you have set-up.
The use of hoops, skipping ropes, Indian clubs, mats, low vaulting boxes, basketball hoops, or what-have-you offer an almost endless selection of obstacles. 

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POPCORN RELAY RACE All it takes are two big bowls of popcorn and some small cups per team. Have kids run and get a cupful of popcorn and transfer it to the bowl across the room. The first team finished wins. Because of potential popcorn mess, this would be good played outside! The critters can eat what isn't’ swept up! (Play in gym if you’re brave!)

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POPCORN ON THE HEAD RELAY
• Split youth into two teams.
Give each team a cup of popcorn.
Have each player take turns walking with the cup of popcorn on their heads, across the room, around a chair and back to their team.
Play for a specified amount of time such as 2 minutes or more. The team that has the most popcorn left in their cup wins!

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THE WORM SQUIRM Obstacle Course Game
... Great for a "Pajama or Bug Theme party"! This is an obstacle course made of pillows, boxes etc, ... when it's your turn, you squirm like a worm on your belly to complete the obstacle course

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STUNT RELAY
In stunt relays, the runners advance to the turning point--- stops and performs a stunt (that has been pre-determined).
They return to tag the next runner on their team.
There is virtually no end to the number of stunts which can be performed.

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WIGGLE WORM RELAY
Form relay lines.
1.  Everyone in each line puts their left hand between their legs and the person behind grabs that hand with their right hand.
2.  Then they run at a given signal to the other end of the playing area and back.
3.  The first team to return 'intact' wins!

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THREE LEGGED RACE
It's best to play on a grassy area or even a sandy beach.
You’ll need:
Old rags or stockings
Cut rags in wide strips ~ 3 feet long.
Use old stockings; they are softer and have some give to them. Pair up into partners and stand side by side.

Tie one persons left leg to the other player’s right, or vise versa. Practice walking together until you get a rhythm going and then try hopping or running. This can be played as a race or just for active fun.
An obstacle course can be created as well. For a real challenge if it is warm -try adding and avoiding an oscillating sprinkler. Be sure to wear swim suits!
The kids won’t be able to make it without getting wet!

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THE 100 INCH DASH!
You need: yard stick and tape

  • Measure out 100" on the floor or field.
  • Mark a start and finish line with the tape.
  • Start the race at the signal and try to reach the finish line.
  • What makes this difficult is that the children are to move their feet only one inch at a time by taking baby steps!
  • The winner crosses the finish line first.

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SACK RACE
If you are lucky enough to have a feed supply store near by, burlap sacks can be purchased inexpensively. If not, old pillow cases will do. A soft grassy park or lawn will prevent scrapes. (I purchased  sacks at Oriental Trading) bjs

Each player steps into his/her sack with both feet.
Pull the sack high enough to hold the edges.
Practice hopping first, until all of the players get the hang of it.
Identify the start and finish lines.
Blow the whistle and go!
Adjust the race with obstacles for more excitement----or if it's summer add sprinklers...

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POP A BAG RACE
Need: Paper Bags
Give each child a small paper bag.
With the signal, race to the marker and then blow up the bags.
Instruct youth to pop  them with their hands and then race back to the line.
The first player to pop his/her bag and return to the finish line is the winner.

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LEAP FROG

Tape down or mark a starting and finish line.

  • To start each child holds a bent drinking straw between their nose and upper lip. (Demonstrate this by curling the lip and holding it tight.)
  • The first child who reaches the finish line-without loosing the straw is the winner.
  • Adjust the running distance to the age of the child.

1.  If you are playing in a group with more than three players, you start by lining up in single file.
2.  The first person in the line takes a few steps forwards and then bends over to make the first frog.
3.  The next person in the line then leaps the first frog, carries on for a few steps and then bends over to make the second frog.
4.  The third person in the line then has to run and leap frogs one and two and then bends over to make the third frog.
5.  This carries on until all the players have jumped. This can be played with one line or in Teams.

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THE QUIET OLYMPICS

DISCUS THROW: Use a paper plate
SHOT-PUT: Use a balloon
TRACK RACE: Each player lines up at the start line and race by placing the heel of one foot against the toe of the next.
The first one to the end of the track and back wins.
HIGH JUMP: Each contestant takes a deep breath and whistles.
The contestant who holds the note the longest wins.
HIGH DIVE: Each player stands on a chair (or faces the chair back-rest and then kneels chair seat) with ten clothes pins and drops them into an empty bottle.
The player that gets the most wins.

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BACKWARD RACE (Good for younger children)
As quickly as possible, walk backwards to the finish line.
While doing this—try not to bump into each other.

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EGG RACES! (They're not only for Easter!)

  EGG TOSS
You’ll need one, hard-boiled egg for each pair of children.
Have the children stand across from a partner. They should stand one foot apart.
When the leader says, “Go” the children should toss the eggs to their partners.
With hard-boiled eggs, everyone can play the whole game because the eggs won’t crack.
With each toss, the children should back up one step. Play until the eggs are destroyed and before the kids get bored. 

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THE EGG-A-THON
This can be played as a race or relay…
Use a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg or plastic Easter egg and plastic spoon.
Children try to walk fast holding the egg in the spoon to the finish line.
It can also be done as a relay and have one child in the middle of the race line waiting.
The children transfer the egg to their relay partner's spoon and go!

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FOLLOW THE LEADER… 
Give each child a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg.
The children form a line and one is the leader.
Each one holds the spoon with the egg in its bowl at arm's length and hops on one foot, following wherever the leader leads them.
To drop the egg or rest on both feet prevents one from continuing in the game. They stay out until the next round.

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FUN WITH BEAN BAGS!!!

 BEAN BAG CHALLENGES:

Put up a chart with the below challenges...who can complete the list????

•Throw a beanbag in the air, turn around, and catch it again.

Throw the beanbag up and backwards over your head and try to catch it behind your back.

Throw the beanbag in the air, clap your hands once, and catch it. Now try clapping your hands twice, then three times, and so on. How high can you go?

Throw the beanbag in the air and clap your hands under your right leg before catching it. Now try with your left leg. Now clap behind your back. Invent some more challenges.

Throw the beanbag up, jump, and try to catch it. Jump twice. Jump three times!

Throw it up, kneel down and try to catch it.

Throw and catch with just your right hand, then with just your left.

Try throwing it up and catching it with your eyes closed!

Balance the beanbag on your right foot, then throw it up and catch it from there. Can you do it with your left foot too?

Can you throw the beanbag up and catch it on your left foot?

Can you run with a beanbag balanced on your head? Can you jump? Can you twist around? Can you kneel down and stand up again, or sit down? Can you climb the stairs? Can you do any of these things with two beanbags balanced on your head? Or three?

Try balancing a beanbag on each shoulder while you walk, run, jump etc.

Sing one of your favorite songs or rhymes while you throw the beanbag up and catch it, or pass it round a circle of children.

Set up a variety of hoops, containers and targets and have some throwing practice. How far can you throw the beanbag? Does it make a difference if you throw over-arm or underarm? Adapted From: activityvillage.co.uk

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BEAN BAG RELAY GAMES Age: 4 and all the way up!
Divide the children into teams and line them up in rows. Give the child at the front of each row a beanbag.
How to play: The children pass the beanbag from one to the next and back again, in a particular style, which you can decide as appropriate for the age of the children

  • Pass it down the row with the right hand only
  • Pass it up the row with left hand only
  • Pass it down the row with both hands
  • Pass it up the row with right hand over left shoulder
  • Pass it down the row with left hand over right shoulder
  • Pass it up the row under the right leg
  • Pass it down the row under the left leg, and so on

TIP: For younger children, it might be a good idea to practice the game movements first! If a beanbag is dropped, you can make the children start again from the the front of the row.
TIP: Cue the kids! On a white board or chart paper write the order of steps in passing the bean bags.

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BEAN BAG TOSS
Buy or make a painted wood or cardboard bean bag toss. Make the shape according to the theme.
Use bean bags to toss—or be creative and toss something based on the theme. Example: Scrunched up paper or large marshmallows for a winter theme.

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BALLOON GAMES...

GAME #1 BALLOON BURST
Several balloons and string needed.
Each player is given two balloons to be inflated and tied around each ankle with a piece of string.
Object of game is to burst the other players balloons with their feet—no hands allowed.
Winner is last person with a balloon or balloons. Game can be played with or without boundaries.

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#2 BALLOON BOP
Need several pre-blown balloons.

  • Players may stand or sit.
  • Each team is given a balloon to keep in the air for as long as possible. They can only bat or tap the balloon to keep it afloat—no throwing or catching is allowed.
  • Each time the balloon hits the ground- a point is scored AGAINST that team. (Some one needs to keep score.)
  • The team with the lowest score is the winner.

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#3 BALLOON BOUNCE
A contest to see who can keep a balloon in the air the longest using only their head.
The person who can keep it in the air longest without using anything but their head is the winner.
 (This game can also be played in teams).

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#4 BUZZ-BOMB BALLOON GAME

1 balloon per player, not inflated--Tape or string to make a target...
Played from a line or circle...

  • All players inflate their balloon. Some players may need help.
  • When the leader says "1, 2, 3, GO!" The players release their balloons in the direction of the target. If you are having a THEME PARTY, use a picture from the theme as the target center.
  • Score 5 points for the closest balloon and 15 points for a direct hit.

This game works well with teams - each team gets their own colored balloons; red, blue, green etc. Or, you do not need to keep score at all and just have fun playing the game several times. Source: amazingmoms.com

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 #5 LEFT OVER BALLOONS??? PLAY BALLOON BADMITTEN
An idea inspired by World Pre-School Mom is to use fly swatters (At Dollar Store  about 2 for $1.00)...Children simply hit the balloon back and forth to each other!

OR...

Another great idea is to make paddles simply taping tongue depressor sticks to the back of paper plates. Use the paper plate 'paddles' to keep a blown up ballon up in the air--This game can be played in a gym or outdoors--- played individually or in a group! It's also a great way to repurpose  paper plates and balloons! (Images by KidActivites.net)

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#6 WATER BALLOON OBSTACLE COURSE
Materials:
Lots of water balloons
Space for obstacle course

  • Set up a summer themed obstacle course.
  • Children place a water balloon under their chins and must negotiate the obstacle course without breaking the balloon.
  • This can also be done as a cooperative activity or group initiative. If a balloon breaks, that person must go back to the beginning, get another balloon and start again. The team must wait for the missing member to rejoin.

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#7 WATER BALLOON BRIGADE
Materials:
Many water balloons in buckets or tubs, laundry basket.

  • Participants stand in a circle and pass one balloon at a time around the circle--until many balloons at one time are going around.
  • After a given time, the number of balloons successfully passed is tallied.
  • Players then try to beat their score.

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MAKE YOUR OWN BEAN BAGS FOR GAMES OUT OF PAPER NAPKINS! 
The Bean Bag photograph is courtesy of School in your Home.

 All you do is crumple up some napkins into a tight ball and then wrap another napkin around and secure in back with a rubber band. You can color the napkin with water-based markers before wrapping it or after. Experiment to see which works better. These inexpensive beanbags make for a fun activity for all ages--preschool and up! They would also make nice puppet heads!

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