I really wanted to bring Ireland into our St. Patrick's Day theme. Geography and culture are so much fun to learn. Our first project was using melted crayons to make an Irish flag.
My sons are too young to officially introduce Continent Boxes just yet but my 2.5 year old is really close. His interest in maps and the world is starting to shine through more and more each day.
I gathered green, white and orange crayons and glued them to the card stock paper which was attached to a piece of card board for more support. Then I pulled out my trusty hair dryer (glad it is getting some use).
We let it dry overnight, then applied Mod Podge to seal the melted wax. I added a jumbo popsicle stick for good measure.
My son was very interested in the flag. This interest was an opportunity to introduce some fairly big geographical and political concepts, not to mention travel (lucky for me I have spent some time in Ireland so I was able to talk to him about that experience). I supplemented the flag with coloring pages from Enchanted Learning. There is so much to learn. Exciting to know that this activity is only the beginning…just wait until what comes next St. Patrick's Day!
One final note…
…be careful with the melted wax and the hair dryer. Next time, I am taking this one outside or taping paper to protect walls. I actually had no idea that the walls were getting splattered as I melted the crayons. Not a big deal. I can get the wax and color off, just time consuming. So, save yourself the time!
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