This is a simple red, white and blue wreath that children can make with construction paper.
- Ring of cardboard (empty cereal boxes work wonderfully)
- construction paper (red, white and blue)
- small piece of wool
- Trace a small plate and a large plate onto a piece of old cardboard. (My 6 year old enjoys tracing by herself. My 3 year old prefers I do this part.)
- Empty cereal boxes or frozen dinner boxes work well as a source of recycled cardboard.
- It doesn't matter if you go over the folds of the cardboard.
- Cut a small strip of cardboard and glue or tape it onto the back of the ring over any folds in the cardboard.
- This will reinforce the ring.
- Cut strips of blue construction paper (about 1 1/2 inches by 4 inches).
- Cut strips of red construction paper the same length, but a bit narrower (about 1 inch wide).
- Cut strips of white construction paper the same length, but even narrower (about 1/2 inch wide).
- Stack the three colors of strips one on top of the other.
- You can do some rolls with red, white and blue (from thickest to narrowest) and some with white, blue and red if you like.
- The rolls make really cute napkin rings too!
- Glue the strips into rolls (like making a paper chain).
- Glue the rolls of construction paper onto the wreath. Alternate colours. My oldest daughter is in grade 1 and they spend a lot of time on patterns. This is great practice for that.
- Print out the stars template.
- Glue the stars together from biggest to smallest. Try to center things (this is good practice for younger children to sort shapes from largest to smallest).
- Take a piece of string and tape it to the wreath and to the star so the star hangs in the center of the wreath.
- Hang on the wall.
- You can do the wreath with one row or two rows.
OR make the fold and cut star to make the project more challenging for ages 6+
- Close the template window after 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).