Monday, June 15, 2015
Free Printable American Flag Magnetic Pom Pom Worksheet for Independence Day
With Independence Day right around the corner, I'm gathering a few fun projects to do with the kids to help encourage patriotism and the American spirit in our home! This project is not difficult to make, and can be used for toddler fine motor skills, a busy bag, or anything else you dream up.
Free Printable American Flag Magnetic Pom Pom Worksheet
-Free Printable Sheet - click here to download
-Pom Poms - 28 red, 20 white, 12 blue - 1/2 inch
-Pom Poms - 6 white - 3/8 inch
-Roll of Magnetic Tape
-Cookie Sheet, Fridge, or other magnetic surface
1. Print the flag sheet. Laminate if desired (the paper sheets hold up better over the long run this way - if you're going to use it as a Busy Bag and keep for multiple uses, I definitely suggest lamination).
2. Cut small pieces of magnetic tape and attach one to each pom pom. The first time I tried this, I said it's adhesive magnetic tape...it'll totally stick. Well, it didn't. After about one use of the worksheet, half the magnets had fallen off. Not good. Using hot glue to attach them will take a little longer, but is probably worth it in the long run.
3. Enjoy! Seriously! A two-step project. Very easy, and very fun.
Lincoln (age 4) thought this was a nifty project. He sat down and studiously "filled up all the rows, mommy!" We used the tiny white pom poms for the stars and just filled the blue ones in the spaces around the stars. You could easily skip the blue pom poms and make the project even cheaper. I added them as a last minute thought.
Addie (age 2) was not quite as interested. She put a few pom poms in the correct spot, then shuffled them all over the cookie sheet with her hand, and finally gave up to go play with something else. We'll try again next year.
This worksheet worked really well on a cookie sheet (so the magnets had something to stick to), but you could also use a fridge or skip the magnets altogether and just place the pom poms on top. You could even skip laminating and use glue to attach the pom poms as a one-time craft!
Teaching kids about patriotism is important! How will you celebrate the 4th of July this year?
Find more craft ideas here!