Bald Eagle

What you need:
• Brown construction paper
• White construction paper
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Orange and black markers
• Elmers glue

What you do:
• Trace you hands and one foot on the white construction paper.
• Cut them out.
• Glue all of the pieces together.
• Use the marker to define the eyes, nose, toes on the eagle’s feet and the tail feathers on it’s tail.

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Patriotic Wind Sock

What you need:
• Empty Bread Crumb Container
• Blue and white construction paper
• Star shaped cookie cutter
• Pencil
• Glue
• White and Red Crepe Paper Streamers
• Scissors
• String

What you do:
• Cut the bottom off the Bread Crumb Container.
• Cover the container with the blue construction paper.
• Trace the stars on the white construction paper. Cut them out.
• Glue the stars to the container.
• Cut some red and white crepe paper streamers and glue them to the bottom of the container.
• Punch 4 holes on the top of the container.
• Cut two pieces of the string about a foot long.
• Tie the string to the container.
• Tie a longer piece of string to the shorter pieces.
• Hang your Patriotic Wind sock from your window or porch.

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Statue of Liberty

On July 4, 1884 France presented the United States with an incredible birthday gift: the Statue of Liberty! Without its pedestal it’s as tall as a 15-story building. She represents the United States. But the world-famous Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor was built in France. The statue was presented to the U.S., taken apart, shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in crates, and rebuilt in the U.S. It was France’s gift to the American people.
It all started at dinner one night near Paris in 1865. A group of Frenchmen were discussing their dictator-like emperor and the democratic government of the U.S. They decided to build a monument to American freedom—and perhaps even strengthen French demands for democracy in their own country. At that dinner was the sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi (bar-TOLE-dee). He imagined a statue of a woman holding a torch burning with the light of freedom.
The Statue of Liberty, known officially as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and funded completely through donations from the French people.
After Bartholdi finalized the design in miniature, the statue itself was created using wooden molds, a copper shell, and an iron structure designed by Gustave Eiffel, who later built the Eiffel Tower.
On July 4, 1884, the 151-foot-tall, 225-ton Statue of Liberty was delivered to the American Ambassador in Paris. In order to transport Lady Liberty to New York, the statue was dismantled into 300 pieces and packed into 214 wooden crates.
Unfortunately, a lack of funds in the United States delayed the building of the pedestal. Fund-raising efforts stalled until Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of “The World” newspaper and noted for the Pulitzer Prize, decided to use his newspaper to push Americans to donate. The Statue was finally re-assembled on her new pedestal and dedicated on October 28, 1886.
The Statue of Liberty celebrates her birthday on October 28th in honor of the day she was officially accepted by the president of the United States in 1886.
Fast Facts
• Engineer Gustave Eiffel, who would later design the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed Liberty’s “spine.” Inside the statue four huge iron columns support a metal framework that holds the thin copper skin.
• Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi knew he wanted to build a giant copper goddess; he used his mother as the model.
• The statue—151 feet, 1 inch (46 meters, 2.5 centimeters) tall—was the tallest structure in the U.S. at that time.
• The arm holding the torch measures 46 feet (14 meters); the index finger, 8 feet (2.4 meters); the nose, nearly 5 feet (1.5 meters).
• The statue is covered in 300 sheets of coin-thin copper. They were hammered into different shapes and riveted together.
•The statue sways 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) in the wind; the torch sways 5 inches (12.7 centimeters).
• Visitors climb 354 steps (22 stories) to look out from 25 windows in the crown.
• Seven rays in the crown represent the Earth’s seven seas and seven continents.

Independence Day

Most people in the United States celebrate Independence Day, but do you know exactly why the holiday is so important to our country?
Also known as the Fourth of July, this date’s history marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Beginning July 4th, 1776, independence from Great Britain was declared.
A vote for this independence was proposed by Richard Henry Lee originally in June of 1776, just after the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain.
The Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and they appointed a committee (a group of people working together to do a specific job) to write a formal document that would tell Great Britain that the Americans had decided to govern themselves. The committee asked Thomas Jefferson to write a draft of the document, so he worked for days, in absolute secret, until he had written a document that he thought said everything important that the committee had discussed. On June 28, 1776, the committee met to read Jefferson’s “fair” copy. They revised the document and declared their independence on July 2, 1776. They officially adopted it on July 4, 1776. That is why we call it “Independence Day.” Congress ordered that all members must sign the Declaration of Independence and they all began signing the “official” copy on August 2, 1776. In January of the next year, Congress sent signed copies to all of the states.
The Declaration of Independence is more than just a piece of paper. It is a symbol of our country’s independence and commitment to certain ideas. A symbol is something that stands for something else. The signers of the Declaration of Independence wanted the citizens of the United States to have a document that spelled out what was important to our leaders and citizens. They wanted us to be able to look at the Declaration of Independence and immediately think of the goals we should always be working for, and about the people who have fought so hard to make these ideas possible.
The United States elected two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as Presidents. They were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. It is a strange fact that both of them died on July 4th, 1826, which was the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration.
Other strange coincidences regarding the 4th of July date also occurred. For instance, James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the U.S., died on July 4th, 1831. And the 30th President of the U.S., Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4th, 1872. He was the only President who was born on Independence Day.

Seashell Frame

What you need:
• Photo Frame
• Seashells with flat backs
• Acrylic craft paint in red, white and blue
• Glitter(Optional)
• Craft glue
• Your favorite photo

What you do:
• With the craft paint, paint seashells white, red, and blue.
• As the paint dries, sprinkle glitter over the shells.
• Glue the shells to the frame with clear craft glue. Let dry.
• Insert your favorite photo.