This Easy July 4th Pony Bead Craft for Kids is perfect for celebrating the birthday of the United States! Great for a wide age range, children love to create a design and watch the result. Plus, displaying this Melted Pony Bead Suncatcher in a window is beautiful!
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Easy July 4th Pony Bead Craft for Kids
Introducing the July 4th Craft
Like most activities in our home I begin with a book or a conversation, or both, about the greater theme behind the activity. In this case, the conversation touched on the founding of our country. I played Schoolhouse Rocks Fireworks and America Rock. We talked about the colors that symbolize America and why the founders chose the colors:
“On June 14, 1777 in Philadelphia, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution that read the following: ‘Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.'”
Only later did the meaning behind each color come to light with the creation of the United States seal: red is for valor, white is for purity, and blue is for vigilance. Then we moved onto a craft.
- Set out the materials
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Invite children to the activity
- Design star molds with beads
- Place the mold onto a cookie sheet
- Pop into the oven for 15 minutes
- Take out of the oven and let cool
- Pop out of mold
- Watch the beads melt and make observations with the children
- Ask questions:
- How do you think the colors will melt together?
- How long do you think it will take for the beads to melt?
- Should we touch the stars when they come out of the oven?
- How long will it takes for the stars to cool down?
- What might we do to speed up the cooling process?
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