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Thank a Veteran
Writing letters of thanks to veterans each November is a time-honored school tradition. Give it a twist with these friendly camouflaged figures that students decorate and personalize with construction paper, paints, and markers.
What You'll Need:
Our FREE printable Veteran's Day craft template
White paper and various flesh- and hair-toned paper
Newsprint or scrap paper
What to Do:
1 Cut a long-sleeve T-shirt and helmet shape out of large white paper (use our template for the hat!). Next, squirt camouflage-colored paint on different paper plates to create workstations.
2 Have students crinkle newsprint or paper into loose balls, dip in paint, then print on the T-shirt and helmet (like sponge-painting!). Pro tip: Be sure to use different paper for each paint to keep the colors separate.
3 As you allow paint to dry, use our template to cut out a head and two hands from paper in various skin colors. Add hair if desired (keeping in mind the parts of the head your hat will cover).
4 Finally, glue all of your pieces together and start writing! Once kids complete their heartfelt letters, they can glue them on to the front of their friendly soldiers!
Photo: Adam Chinitz
Use these resources to facilitate student discussions about patriotism and American military heroes, or assign research projects to delve deeper into the United States' military history.
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