This weekend we are celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks and sparklers everywhere! I love the contrast of the bright, sparkly lights against the sky as it finally gets dark around ten p.m. The deep thumps you can feel in your chest as the fireworks cannons launch sent my poor dogs scurrying to hide somewhere, anywhere, to get away from the scary sounds! And of course our family tradition is to make s’mores to celebrate the occasion, because who wouldn’t want have a handful of sugary, sticky deliciousness on a 90 degree night, right?
We are working on a patriotic theme in speech this week to get ready with this light it up craftivity! First, we brainstorm things that we like about our friends, discussing character traits vs. physical characteristics vs. “cool stuff they have”. We talk about the idea that when we use kind words and tell others what we like about them, this makes them feel really good. I use the words “lighting people up” to describe this feeling, or even feeling sparkly inside! Check out my post last week for a shark themed craftivity to make “shark bites”, to contrast this activity and talk about words that that hurt.
When we get that sorted out, then we write the positives on thin strips of construction paper that I have cut ahead of time. We used white with red markers, but you can pick any color that suits you. In addition, I cut strips of tin foil into thin strips to add a little sparkle
.Next, we fan the paper and foil strips gently together at the bottom and staple them together, then wrap blue tape around the bottom of the fan, attaching it to a straw. And there you go, a safe sparkler of words that make people feel good, so go ahead and “light it up”!
How are you celebrating the Fourth with your family?