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Memorial Day Star Wreath

This project gives kids a chance to express their creative side while making a wreath to honor individuals on Memorial Day.

Activity Instructions

Have children begin by cutting star shapes from red, white and blue construction paper. Encourage kids to be creative with their stars, cutting shapes of all sizes. After children have a pile of stars, they can begin to glue them to a paper plate. As children work, talk with them about how they envision their final wreath to look.

Do they want to place multi-colored stars across the wreath, or will the design have three distinct red, white and blue sections? A fun way for kids to add pizzazz to their project is to add some sparkle to their stars. Simply have them apply a light coat of glue to a star, then sprinkle glitter over the top. Perhaps they will stick with the same color scheme – red glitter on a red star – or maybe they will apply red glitter to a white star and blue glitter to a red star. Encourage kids to give the wreath its own touch of personality with added embellishments, like glitter or beads. As kids decorate, talk to them about the importance of Memorial Day.

If there is a family member or friend serving in the military, kids might choose to honor their service by writing the names of those individuals across the stars. When the wreath is complete, fasten a loop of yarn or ribbon to the back of the plate with a piece of tape to act as a hanger. Kids can display their wreath on any door.

Materials

  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper plates
  • Glue
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Beads (optional)
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Tape

Kids will love observing Memorial Day with this fun craft, which will encourage creativity and provide an opportunity for families to consider the importance of this holiday.

Craft Mom Feedback

This wreath is very fun to make, and if you can fins various blue colors with the red and white it looks great. I would recommend that you allow the children to pencil out their own stars and cut them out with child friendly scissors. For a star is always hard to make and having them draw and cut out stars will help their observations skills, and spatial skills, and more. It helps build confidence. Then you can show them how to lay the pencil lined side of the star down when apply the star to their paper plate wreath. You can make a hole in the wreath to hang it or hang it through the wreath.