Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Once Upon a Book ~ Corduroy's 4th of July


Happy 4th of July!

Note: While the 4th can be a fun and exciting day, remember that fireworks are dangerous and can be harmful. Please use caution even adults get hurt! Fireworks can also be damaging to LO's hearing, so if you are doing your own or going to a show, be sure to have your LO wear earplugs!

Corduroys 4th of July by Don Freeman

Summary: Corduroy and his friends have a fun~filled 4th of July!

Craft/Art Time: Patriotic Shaving Cream Fun

What You'll Need:

~ Shaving Cream
~ Red and Blue food coloring
~ Cake pan
~ Scraping tool (I used a fork)
~ Construction Paper

To Make:

1. Squirt the shaving cream into the cake pan and have your LO smooth it out. They will love this so much you might not get to do anything else! :)

2. Add drops of red and blue food coloring and swirl with scrapping tool, fork or fingers ~ just don't mix to much or you will just get purple.

3. Place your construction paper on top of shaving cream and press down to pick up the design. My LO loves seeing it appear from underneath.

4. Lift off and take your scrapping tool and scrap off shaving cream to reveal your magical patriotic swirls! My LO loves scrapping it off and seeing the swirls!

Circle/Song Time:

RED,WHITE, and BLUE (from PerpetualPreschool)
To the tune of: "3 blind mice"

Red, white, blue
Red, white, blue
Stars and stripes too
Stars and stripes too
We celebrate Independence Day
Each July 4th, the American Way
With red, white, blue.

Gross Motor: Personal Parade

Deck out your LO's stroller, trike, push toy, or scooter with 4th of July streamers and go for a walk around the neighborhood!

Snack Time

* Yogurt and Berries ~ Place vanilla yogurt in a bowl and add strawberries or raspberries and blueberries! Eat and enjoy! Yummy!

* Eat a Bomb Pop

* Dip Pretzels in melted white chocolate (could use whipped yogurt too for a healthier option) and roll in colored sugars

* Check out Tot Food ~ Fourth of July treats too!

For More 4th of July ideas, there are a weeks worth of activities to go with the book F is for Flag.

Want to see what's coming next (and books we've done in the past)? Click here to see our Once Upon a Book webpage!

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