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What Do the Stars, Stripes, and Colors of the American Flag Mean?

 The Flag of the United States is blowing in the breeze

Sometimes it is called, “ Old Glory,”

Or the “Stars and Stripes”

The colors are Red, White, and Blue

And each color means something

Red means courage – Are we brave?

White means purity - Are we pure and good?

Blue means justice – Do we play fair? 

Why stars and stripes?

Stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the

Divined goal to which man has aspired from the beginning of time.

The Stripes are symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun. 

The Stars represent the 50 states.

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Facts about George Washington

 

George Washington started school when he was six years old. He left school at 15 to become a surveyor because his mother couldn't afford to send him to college.

At 26, he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow who already had two children, Jackie and Patsy. Washington never had any children of his own.

At six feet, two inches tall, and 200 pounds, he was one of our biggest presidents.

Some of his favorite dishes were cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms.

He bred hound dogs that he treated like members of the family. He gave some of them unusual names: Tarter, True Love, and Sweet Lips.

Toothaches bothered him for years. When he was 57, he had all his teeth pulled. From then on, he wore ivory false teeth set in a silver plate.

Although he helped plan the nation's new capital city that was named for him, he never lived there. New York City and, later, Philadelphia were the nation's capitals while he was president.

3D Star Paper Craft

This is a cute, simple paper craft that results in a 3D ornament you can hang around the room.

  • Green and red for Christmas.
  • Red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.  
  • Yellow and white for outer space themes.

 

Materials:

  • printer
  • paper (I prefer construction paper as it's a bit sturdier)
  • scissors
  • OPTIONAL:  crayons (or paint, markers, etc)
  • string, thread, ribbon or wool

 

Instructions:

  • Print template and color as desired
  • Cut out the template pieces (may require adult assistance and can be done before hand).
  • Cut on one of the dotted line right up to the center.

 

  • Pick out the two matching stars (this is good practice for young children!)
  • Slide the stars together, top to bottom  

    all I have is the snowflake image to show you how it's done
  • Glue a ribbon or thread onto the top (or hole punch a small hole and tie a ribbon through  (I used a thread and it worked really well)

Options:

  • instead of simply coloring the template, here are some thoughts for alternatives:
      
    • gold, red or green sparkles or sparkle glue
    • Salt Drip
      • 3 parts flour 
      • 1 part salt 
      • food coloring (red  would be nice)
      • water 

        Mix together 3 parts flour, 1 part salt, food coloring, and enough water to make a dripping consistency but not too runny.  Use a popsicle stick to drip onto paper shapes.  Will dry hard and sparkly.
    • grated chalk (take a piece of sidewalk or chalkboard chalk and rub it with course sandpaper to get chalk dust.  Pour the dust over glue covered paper.   Yellow chalk would be nice.

Notes:

  • There are some brief instructions written right on the template
  • Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers). 

  

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