We love the USA. We love crafts. We love role play. Creating these patriotic paper plate masks inspired by Uncle Sam was such fun. The boys thought they were Santa Claus when it got around to adding the beard which opened up a whole history discussion and an introduction to Uncle Sam.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Uncle Sam Paper Plate Mask Craft
Objective: Introduce Uncle Sam and create a mask for 4th of July
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, creative play, role play
Suggested Reading: America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney
Materials: Red construction paper, blue construction paper, white construction paper, white paper plate, 4 cotton balls, white glue
For each hat you will need: three 1.5in white stars, three 1×7 in white stripes, one 2x8in red strip, one 5x7in red rectangle, one 2x5in blue rectangle, one 1.5x4in “bow tie” shape, a white paper plate with the center cut out, and 4 cotton balls
First, we created the hat:
Then the boys glued on the hats and bow ties:
And finally the famous Uncle Sam beard:
We laid them flat to dry and we discussed other patriotic American symbols like the Bald Eagle, red white and blue, the flag, and Rosie the Riveter.
Some extension activities:
- Discuss other American icons like Rosie the Riveter and the Founding Fathers
- Hand out coloring pages
- Put on a 4th of July play