My 4 year old enjoys when the holidays change. She enjoys putting up decorations and the festive feelings that they bring. I’m pretty sure she cried when we had to take the Christmas tree down last year. I am so glad that she gets excited over decorating, because it gives me a reason to be excited over decorating. I do love it, but before she was born it was different. I was too busy, or not home enough to enjoy them, or just didn’t see the point. Since she came to the world, though, celebrating holidays is something I will always make time for!
Since she loves it so much, I involve her in the creation of the decorations. Not only is it bonding time for us, it is adorable to hang something that she has made and save for the next time the holiday comes around.
This Ripped Paper Star Wreath is incredibly easy! I helped cut out the stars, but beyond that my 4 year old made this on her own. Ripping paper is beyond fun. Have you tried it? I might even classify it as a stress reliever! It’s something that even toddlers can do. And it is a great way to embellish this paper plate wreath. Ripping paper also strengthens little hand muscles which is important for pencil gripping and other fine motor skills later in life.
Materials Needed For Ripped Paper Star Wreath
My daughter started by ripping the red and blue construction paper into small-ish pieces. When she was done I ‘fluffed’ the ripped pieces to mix the colors up. This way when she is gluing on, it would be random. (So not too many reds all together, then a clump of blue, etc).
I cut the center out of the paper plate to form the wreath base. I also cut out 5 stars.
When she was done ripping, she put glue on the paper plate wreath in about 2 inch sections at a time. She adhered the ripped red and blue construction paper to the plate until it was completely covered.
Next she glued on the stars.
When the glue was dry, she added sticky crystal embellishments for a little shine (this was her idea all the way).
Now its hanging in preparation for Memorial Day and probably won’t be taken down until after Labor Day. I don’t know about you but the summer screams Red White & Blue. It’s the one time of the year that it is completely acceptable to leave decorations up for 3 months+. I can be patriotic and save myself time & energy! We have also made this Patriotic Painted Pasta Banner, which we love.
If you are looking for extra inspiration for kid friendly activities centered around Memorial Day check out these fun ideas:
Memorial Day Preschool Cutting Practice from 3 Boys and a Dog
How to Make a DIY Patriotic T-Shirt from Crafty Mama in ME
Ripped Paper Star Wreath Craft For Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles
10 Cool Family Tents for Camping from FrogMom
Memorial Day Books for Children from The Jenny Evolution
Memorial Day – A Day to Remember from Tales of Education at Home
Red, White and Blue Craft for Kids from CraftCreateCalm
F is for Flag Handwriting Letter Mazes from Simple Fun for Kids
Memorial Day Penmanship Worksheet from Schooling a Monkey
Memorial Day Word Search from Something 2 Offer