America the Beautiful!

A while back, my class studied American symbols. We talked about the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, and more. We even got to focus in on some of Texas' symbols, such as the mockingbird and the bluebonnet. It was a fun unit of study. I thought I would share a craftivity that the students did during their Art workstation time. This wasn't an original idea. I believe Mrs. S. from next door found the idea on Enchanted Learning...or something. Sorry I can't source this!

Each child got to create their own bald eagle! They had to trace their foot and both hands for this activity, so it kept them REALLY busy. Some had their workstation partner help them out with the tracing. It took a while to cut out, and some got a bit frustrated after they cut off a finger or two from the hand tracing. (Nothing a little glue can't solve!)

It turned out really cute. I loved how each child did the project just a little bit different. I had a completed one hanging on the wall at the station so they had an idea of what they were trying to accomplish. It was amazing to see all the varieties on the same idea!

If you haven't heard of BrainPop Jr., you should really look into getting access to the site from your school. It is a fantastic learning tool! My students love to watch the videos on there. During this unit, we watched the video on the American symbols. I wish the site was free, but it's worth the cost.

I hope this gave you an idea for a future patriotic art project for your class!

How do you teach the American symbols? Let me know in the comments below!

I'm linking up with KindergartenWorks for her Kindergarten Show N' Tell linky! You should go check her blog out if you haven't before. She's fantastic!



  1. I love the hand print eagles! They turned out so awesome!! We LOVE to use Brainpop, Jr at our school. It is the best!!
    Found you through the link up & I am your newest follower! Yay!

    Jen's Kinder Kids

    1. Thanks, Jen! Brainpop is truly an amazing site! Thank you for following me! I'll go check out your post as well!

  2. Your projects really turned out beautiful and make the display pop being in a pattern. Oh, the cutting off of fingers and the life lessons we learn about tape and glue {wink}

    1. It really is a good life lesson. I'm sure all early childhood teachers experience that in their classroom! :) Thanks for the comment and hosting the linky party! Your blog is wonderful!

  3. I pinned this the other night!!!! And to answer your question on my blog... They had to take the supplies to a table just right beside it. Sometimes just two people would work over there in the picture. I had it in a rotation but the center was available at the end of the day and on rainy days!

    1. Thanks for pinning it! :) Seems easy enough. I like the idea of letting children create what they want to create. Did you let them free draw or did you offer prompting on ideas of things to create?


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