America Books for Kids

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america a patriotic primer

America A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney

america fifty states

Smart About the Fifty States


america l is for liberty

L is for Liberty by Wendy Lewison

america night before the 4th of july

The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing

america o say can you see

O, Say Can You See?  by Sheila Keenan

america so you want to be president

So You Want to Be President?


america story of americas bday

The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry

america the 4th of july story

The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

america the beautiful

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

america the flag we love

The Flag we Love by Pam Munoz Ryan

america the pledge of allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance

america we the kids

We the Kids by David Catrow
american statue of liberty

The Story of the Statue of Liberty

americ this land is your land This Land is Your Land


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Wooden Stars


Post may contain affiliate links. A few years ago these wooden stars appeared in my Old Glory post and many people asked where they came from. My mom had made them for me many years ago and I didn’t have a pattern for them. But with the help of my math genius husband, it took a while to figure all of the angles out, we have the instructions for you today! You’ll need a length of 1×3″ pine to begin with. Using a compound miter saw cut them to the lengths and angles below. I drew a picture because I knew there was no way I could explain the lengths and angles just by using words. Use a brad nailer to nail them together. Here’s a tricky angle. Make sure you have the 30º ends together, with the long pieces under the short piece. Once you have all 5 points together, lay them out like so. We brought each leg [Read More…]

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Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables

Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables - So many 4th of July ideas!

To kick off our Patriotic Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more! Activities Cupcake Liner Fireworks from A Little Pinch of Perfect Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch from KIX Rocket Garland from Alpha Mom Fireworks in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child Mosaic Flag from Cutting Tiny Bites Patriotic Bike Flags from The Crafting Chicks Paper Lanterns from The Crafting Chicks Tips for fireworks photography from The Crafting Chicks Printables Don’t Eat My Star from The Crafting Chicks Coloring Pages from Kids Activities Blog USA Map and Bingo from 30 Handmade Days Color by Number from Itsy Bitsy Fun God Bless the USA from Kiki and Company Happy Birthday America from Best Activities for Kids Subway Art from The Crafting Chicks USA Flag printable from Ink Happi Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We [Read More…]

Fancy Lemonade Stand

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Sharing inspiration for a fancy summertime lemonade stand.  Each summer…my kids love to set up a lemonade stand.  This year my girls want to donate to a local children’s hospital…and that makes my heart happy.  So in preparation for the big day…we made the cutest, fanciest lemonade stand decor, with the help from Heidi Swapp’s Minc machine.  The gold, teal, and pink foil make it pop, and so pretty! Below are details of how we decorated our stand! I used these Letters from Heidi Swapp.   They are ready to go…just add the foil.  Here is a tutorial on how you use the machine that we posted last month.  I ran the letters through the machine with teal, pink and gold foil.  I taped each letter to a string of yellow and white twine to make the word “LEMONADE.” I printed (on a laser printer), two signs…one for the treats, and one for the lemonade.  I added gold and teal [Read More…]

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Rainforest Week Recap

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We started Rain Forest Week off with a round up of favorite activities and crafts from around the web. Rainforest Activities & Crafts And then pulled together 10 Rainforest themed books for kids. Rainforest Books Jamie kicked the week off with these fun Rainforest in a Jar crafts. Rainforest in a Jar Valerie from Occasionally Crafty guest posted and taught us how to make rainforest animals with chalk pastels. Chalk Pastel Rainforest Animals To end our week Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous share these cute Monkey Banana Muffins. Monkey Banana Muffins The other 11 weeks of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Series can be found here. Pin It

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Patriotic Popcorn Favors

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Patriotic Popcorn Favors – homemade popcorn recipe served in red, white and blue containers.  Great for parties or just a movie night with the family. Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  I can’t believe we are already in the swing of summer!  Today I am sharing these adorable Patriotic Popcorn Favors.  I just love making my own popcorn at home.  The flavors are amazing and it is super simple to make.  Plus, homemade popcorn is much better for you.  Store bought popcorn often use unhealthy fat and is loaded with sodium.  This homemade popcorn has just three ingredients and you know exactly what is in the popcorn.  I thought it would be fun to put homemade popcorn into cute red, white and blue patriotic favors.  It’s a fun surprise for family and friends when they come over to celebrate the holidays and summertime. Let’s make the favors first. What you’ll need to make the favors: Fry box Washi tape Star cork [Read More…]

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Rainforest Week Giveaway


We’re wrapping up Rainforest Week with a giveaway. Since we can’t send you to the Amazon (but how cool would that be!) we’re bringing the rainforest to your backyard! The Banzai Rainforest Adventure Pool has built in sprinklers and a ring toss game to keep your little adventurers busy. Big thanks to and for joining us this week. Here are all of our rainforest posts, in case you missed any: Rainforest Chalk Pastel Art Rainforest in a Jar Rainforest Activities & Printables Rainforest Books Monkey Banana Muffins     BONZAI RAIN FOREST ADVENTURE POOL Pin It

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Monkey Banana Muffins

Monkey Banana Muffins

Hi! I’m Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous® and I’m happy to be here to share a quick easy food craft with you today as part of the Chicks’ fun Summer Series! {love those girls!!} The theme is Rainforest and every time I think of a rain forest, I think of Monkeys! So I made these easy Monkey Banana Muffins as a fun treat for your littles. These delicious little monkeys not only look cute, but they’re fun to eat! My 2 boys {ages 4 and 6} were my taste testers and they loved them! So these muffins are kid-approved. Notice: I gave them all hair-do’s! 😉 How to Make Monkey Banana Muffins Ingredients: Banana Break Mix {yes, I went the easy route!} Cupcake liners Vanilla wafers {2 per monkey} Black Gel Icing Chocolate Frosting Small Black Candies {2 per monkey} Yep, I used a banana bread mix! Don’t shoot me! But you can use your favorite banana bread recipe and cook [Read More…]

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Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings

Draw with Chalk Pastels Art Activity

Hi- I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today for Rainforest Week! Your kids will love the art activity I’m sharing today: Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings. I’m all about finding fun and inexpensive ideas to keep my kids entertained in the summer.  When they learn something along the way, it’s even better. You will need the following: Chalk Pastels (buy on Amazon or at an arts/craft store) Black oil pastel (optional) Construction paper- school/heavy grade Pictures for inspiration Newspaper to cover your surface Soap and water for cleanup Older children may be able to create their own by looking at pictures of animals or using their imagination.  For younger children, you will probably want to draw the animal for them to color.   1.  Set out newspaper to cover your work surface.  Begin by very lightly using a black chalk pastel to sketch your animal.  You can fix lines and shapes as you go [Read More…]

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Rainforest in a Jar Kid Craft

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So excited to be sharing a Rainforest Themed kid craft today with you!  This is a fun week!  My kids have loved reading about the rainforest.  One of my favorite books on this subject is Jan Brett’s The Umbrella. After reading this, I let me kids make mini Rainforest terrariums in a jar.  They were so easy and  simple…and my kids think they are so cool! What you will need to make a Rainforest in a Jar: –Mason Jars –mini rainforest figurines –artificial succulents –mini rocks –moss –styrofoam –a hot glue gun/hot glue Start by gluing the can lid together.  Glue inside a circle of styrofoam…about a 1/2 thick.  I just bought the small styrofoam balls and cut them into strips. Let your little ones place their trees (succulents), moss, rocks and animals where they would like them.  You will have to help younger children with the hot glue. Then…easy peasy…just slowly place the animal scene inside the jar, and [Read More…]

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