The Fourth of July is coming up soon and I have a cute way to celebrate with a footprint craft for your child to do.
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Supplies you will need:
Cardstock or blank white paper
Red and blue tempura paint
Pour a little blue paint and a little more red paint on your paper plate to dip your child's foot into. You could also paint the child's foot with a paintbrush directly. I fear that my baby would kick me if I tried that though.
We'll first start with dipping your foot into the red paint. Print two columns of horizontal footprints across the paper, and then one more little half print in the bottom left to make the stripes of the flag. Reapply paint as necessary to the foot. Switch feet or wash off and dip in blue now. I washed Violet's foot off first because I can totally see her flailing her foot around and getting red paint mixed in with the blue. But, you know, that's just my baby. Make one vertical footprint in the top left corner. After that, let dry and you've got yourself a little footprint flag! I love little keepsakes like this that show off those tiny feet. They are only small for a few years, until one day you're staring at big old clunky teenage feet.
You can use this as an opportunity too to talk about some of the history or meaning behind our flag. What do the 50 stars stand for? What do the 13 stripes mean? A couple of books about Independence Day that I like are The Night Before the Fourth of July and Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags, which is a great book about what the symbols of 4th of July mean. It is geared more toward elementary though. Have a wonderful holiday!