Who says you can’t be patriotic and creative at the same time? With National Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the nation’s birthday than by engaging in fun, DIY projects inspired by the iconic colours of our flag with your little one?
In light of the long weekend, this is an excellent opportunity for you to spend quality time with your little ones while instilling national pride in them at the same time! Beyond bringing the family closer together, craft activities are great for children to express their individuality and imagination.
Here’s how you can cook up a National Day celebration with these simple craft and recipe ideas. Get into the patriotic spirit, don those red-and-white outfits, and grab some art supplies! There is more to celebrate when you tap into your child’s creative juices and let their creativity take flight.
1. Frame the flag as a sensory bag
No matter their age, sensory play is essential in stimulating children’s core senses and building their cognitive skills. If you haven’t already done so, consider including sensory activities in your child’s daily routine to spark their curiosity and aid in their brain development. Not only does sensory play hone your child’s motor skills, but it also encourages scientific thinking and problem-solving. You can even scale the activities according to your child’s age!
A sensory bag – also known as a squish bag – does wonders in helping your child to make sense of their surroundings. These toys are fun, easy to create, and mess-free. When it comes to personalising your child’s sensory bag and sprucing it up with decorations, the sky’s the limit. This National Day, allow your child to show their appreciation for the nation by including motifs of our national flag in their celebratory sensory bag.
- 1 Ziplog bag
- 4 tablespoons of baby oil
- Half a cup of water
- 1 drop of red food dye
- 1 bottle of glitter
- Foam shapes (stars and crescent)
- Some duct tape
1. Fill approximately one-fifth of the Ziploc bag with water and baby oil.
2. Next, add a drop of red food dye to make the sensory bag festive.
3. Additionally, encourage your child to be bold with their colour combinations. Let your child’s imagination run wild by incorporating as many adorable, national day-inspired embellishments into the pouch as they want. For example, they can throw in the red glitter and foam shapes.
4. Lastly, carefully squeeze out the excess air from the pouch and seal all sides of the bag with duct tape. And there you have it: your child’s very own National Day sensory bag!
2. Cheer with red pompoms
Get your child into the celebratory mood by creating red pompoms made from tissue paper! With these handy props, your little one can cheer for the nation at home while spectating the magnificent fireworks across the sky on National Day. Pompom-making is a fun and affordable craft for kids of all ages!
- 10 sheets of tissue paper
- 1 string of approximately 15-cm length
1. Begin by laying the tissue papers flat on a table and layering the pieces atop each other.
2. Next, fold 4cm of the first layer, flip it over, and repeat until all the papers are done. This step might be tricky so be sure to help your child out if they are fumbling with this step.
3. Then, fold the resulting stack in half and tie a string around the centre to secure it. The tissues should now resemble a bow tie.
4. The last step is to scrunch and fluff each layer until the bow tie turns into a pompom ball!
This quick and easy craft is manageable even by your kindergartner! By witnessing their hard work come to fruition, this meaningful activity is sure to delight your child and inspire them to try their hand at other arts and crafts. Who knows, when your child reaches 1st grade age, they might develop a love for art.
3. Chill with homemade strawberry cream popsicles
Children can learn crucial life skills while helping out in the kitchen. By getting involved in the cooking and preparation process, kids develop their creativity and observation skills. Something as simple as counting eggs or pouring water into a measuring cup can also help children practise basic math concepts.
This national day, why not instil in your child the national colours by allowing them to try their hand at making homemade strawberry cream popsicles? Aside from the joy that comes with whipping up their scrumptious creations, your young one is also equipped with beneficial cognitive skills. Additionally, this recipe is quick and easy to make.
- 2 cups of strawberries
- A tablespoon of honey
- Popsicle mould
- 1 cup of Greek yoghurt
1. Guide your child in blending the strawberries.
2. Together, add the blended strawberries, a tablespoon of honey, and the Greek yoghurt into popsicle moulds. This is also a perfect opportunity for your little one to experiment with measuring different ratios of strawberries and yoghurt needed for the individual popsicle moulds.
3. Finally, let the mixtures freeze overnight and enjoy them the next day!
Creativity is highly encouraged and celebrated across international schools in Singapore, with a shared belief that creativity boosts confidence in a young child. If you’re looking to enrol your child in a vibrant Arts curriculum, inquire for an open house to select the school that matches your child’s interests.