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4th of July Summer Art Tutorial

We’re back with summer art tutorial #2! This 4th of July activity is a special one. We want you to create a card with your artwork as the cover. On the inside, write a letter to a soldier to thank them for their service. We celebrate 4th of July because it stands for freedom. It is freedom we would not have without the brave men and women who fought for that right. They have sacrificed so much for us. So, this is just a small gesture of appreciation that we think will go a long way in the hearts of our heroes. Help us honor them and thank them! If you want to draw something different for the cover, feel free to! There are many symbols that represent our great country besides the Statue of Liberty, like the bald eagle, our flag, the liberty bell, Uncle Sam, etc. So take your pick, create your card, and have a family member mail your card to the A Million Thanks Organization (address below). They will ensure your card gets to one of our heroes.

A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

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Thank you for participating! God bless you! God bless our troops, and God bless the United States of America!

Summer Art Activity for Kids

Moms, summertime has arrived!ย  As such, I’m sure you need ways to keep the kiddos entertained.ย  As an elementary Art Teacher, I know of so many fun and easy art projects you can do at home with your kids or just have them watch the tutorial and let their creative imaginations go! Many of the activities require things that you probably already have at home, so no need to go out and buy much, if anything. My son and I will be doing a series of art project tutorials throughout the summer, so subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

The first one in the series is called Reflections. You don’t need much for it and you probably already have these in your home.ย  Play the video tutorial for the steps and below is what you’ll need:

1. White paper – Most kinds of paper will work. We are using regular copy paper in the video.
2. Crayola markers or any kind of washable markers. Just make sure none of them are permanent markers (like Sharpies)
3. Paper towels
4. Spray bottle with water; if you don’t have a spray bottle you can just use a wet rag or sponge.

You can create almost anything with these reflections, so be creative and like I always tell my students……TRY YOUR BEST! Enjoy and happy summer!