JB and I were trying to think of an FHE to have last night that was both patriotic as well as fun for two kids under three. We decided to learn about the flag. I brought out my US Capitol flag that I got as a gift when I left my job to move to UT. I let them touch the stars and the stripes. Boo counted the white and red stripes and we talked about the colors and the numbers and what they symbolized (in the most basic language, of course).
We taught Boo to put her hand on her heart when we see the flag and JB and I sang a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. It reminded me of the times when HH, Train and I would stand with our hands on our hearts every work-day at noon, when our favorite country radio station (which we listened to all day long) would play the national anthem. We could be on a conference call or even reading Harry Potter and we would all pause to honor the anthem. Good times. One day our boss, Todd even joined in on the fun.
Anyway, following our discussion about the flag, we made a flag together out of red licorice and mini marshmallows. I printed out a template of the flag on the computer, and colored in the blue with colored pencil. Hot glue would have worked better for the licorice, but I didn't want to mess with hot glue and kids. We used Elmer's and then let it sit overnight.
It was fun! Both making it and eating the extras! File it away in your 4th of July craft idea box. You've all got one of those, haven't you? haha.