The following Rockstar Sunday guest post is written by one of the coolest gals on the planet, Becky Morales. Becky is a mom, teacher, and creator of Kid World Citizen, where she shares activities that ‘help young minds go global’.
How cool is that? So cool, right?
Becky is super-passionate about global education, geo-literacy, service learning, educational technology connecting students to the world, and cultural exchange.
She’s getting more awesome by the second. I know.
Today, she’s sharing a fun way that you can help your kiddos ‘go global’ in time for July 4th. Super-cool craft that involves flags, tracing, beads, and shrinky dinks.
You’ll totally fall in love with her by the end of the post. You must check out her blog.
(But read this first. You’ll be glad you did.)
- Shrinky Dink Flag Bracelet–super-Cool Patriotic Craft, by Becky Morales
When a good family friend from the UK recently moved from the US to Canada, we wanted to give her daughter something small and special to take with her.
I was playing with the idea of incorporating the three countries’ flags and decided to have my kids make a DIY shrinky dink bracelet: patriotic charms that we would draw onto plastic, and then shrink in the oven.
- #6 plastic (trust me, the other numbers do not work!)*
- sharpies or other permanent markers
- pictures of flags
- elastic or string (for the bracelet)
- other beads
The best place that I was able to find lots of #6 plastic was the salad bar at our supermarket. #6 plastic is very thin and will shrink down evenly without warping like other plastics.
If your kids would like to trace the flags, print out a copy of them and tape down the plastic.
The flags we used were sized around 2 inches wide (because remember they will shrink!). The kids can trace and color in the flags, and also make little charms of anything else they like: little globes, fancy names, hearts, peace signs, etc.
Next, punch holes in each charm before you bake! The plastic will be too hard to make holes after it shrinks.
Lay the plastic charms on a single sheet of foil. Bake for only a couple of minutes at 350 degrees (you can watch them shrink!).
Once the charms have cooled down, string them together to make your bracelet. My kids had so much fun working on their project, and loved being able to give our friends something they had made themselves.
We looked up where Canada and the UK were in comparison to Texas, and saw their relative positions.
We also tried to guess differences in the weather between our home and their new home in Calgary. Once they made the Canadian and British flags, they began to notice them everywhere: at the airport, on a t-shirt, at school.
These fun little geography lessons really do stick and begin to form a foundation that children will recall later.
Thank you, Becky!! This is such a cool idea–I cannot wait to try it!
Becky is the mom of 5 multicultural kids, an ESL teacher, author of The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners and founder of KidWorldCitizen.org. She is passionate about activities that teach kids cultural and global awareness.
Looking for more ways to create a literacy-focused environment? Stop by and follow these great educational Pinterest boards:
- Global/Multicultural Learning | Kid World Citizen
- Multicultural Arts & Crafts | Kid World Citizen
- foundations | teach mama
- july 4th / memorial day / labor day | teach mama
- raising boys who rock the world | teach mama
- raising girls who rock the world | teach mama
This post is part of our new Rockstar Sunday posts. Each week, I will highlight one ‘rockstar’ in the parenting and education field. These posts? Seriously awesome.
The response to our Rockstar Sunday feature has been overwhelming. I am in awe of the ideas, submissions, and shares!
Having been in the blogging space for 5+ years, we know for sure that our readers are always up for fresh and fun ideas on literacy, math, technology, parenting, and learning in the every day. They love crafts, hands-on teaching ideas, printables, cooking with kids, and anything that makes their job as parents easier, better, and more fun.
You don’t have to have a blog of your own–just cool ideas to share! We look forward to hearing from you!
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