Star - Shape

Stars by Fran W
This star activity can be very simple to make but if you are up to a little challenge there's a suggestion for one below!

If you would like to get right to the craft, you can print out a template and go straight to the “what to do”.

If you are up to a math challenge, you can make your own star instead. There are a few suggestions and videos down at the bottom of this post to help you out.

What to do...

Glowing Lantern

These versatile lanterns are fun to make and display!

To make one you will need...

Lanterns by Fran W
A clean milk carton, construction paper, craft knife, scissor, tissue paper, black construction paper, glue, chenille stem, hole punch, pencil, ruler, glow stick

Optional: Serrated knife, craft foam, any kind of stickers, push pin, craft supplies, battery-powered candle

What to do...

A Berry Patriotic Shake

Berry Patriotic Shake by Fran W
Make this delicious shake a yummy part of your 4th of July celebration!

Here is what you'll need:

1 c Milk*
½ c Yogurt*
7 large Strawberries
2 T Sugar or honey (or sweeten to taste)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 c Ice
Clear glass or plastic cups
2-3 Blueberries
Whipped cream
Blender

* Use your favorite kind of milk or yogurt: cow's, almond, coconut, rice, etc.

The Star-Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key
Did you know that America's national anthem was first written as a poem? 

Francis Scott Key wrote a poem entitled, "The Defense of Fort McHenry." It was later set to the religious hymn, "To Anacreon in Heaven” and renamed, "The Star-Spangled Banner"!

If you would like to listen to and sing the national anthem, the words and music can be found here.

If you're interested in the story of Francis Scott Key and the history behind the Star-Spangled Banner, you can watch the following videos and/or check out the link offered for the Smithsonian Museum below.