> Letter H >
House, Home and Heart
Books > The
Shape of Things
Helpers > The Librarian
Crafts > Shapes >
Bookmarks > Homes >
U.S.A. Patriotic Home Bookmark Craft
Patriotic colors > Red, blue, white
Numbers > Counting,
Sizing & Sorting
Holidays & Events >
U.S.A. Patriotic Holidays
2.5 to 6 years old
* This activity will help children learn shapes, U.S.A.
and how shapes create things.
* The craft and activities can focus on a United States
patriotic holiday, and character education focusing on
* Present or reinforce letter H is for House, Home and
Hearts all featured in the bookmark craft.
* Foster a love for reading and caring for books, and to celebrate
various literacy related
events listed in the holidays and events index.
* Discuss the role of the community helper > The
Librarian and the importance of our national, public and school libraries.
Libraries are special homes for books, and other types of
* Children can also make this bookmark as a gift.
Review and select educational themes to discuss prior and during the
Activity: Visual Arts and Literacy > Book
Activity: The Shape of Things
author Dayle Ann Doods,
Illustrated by Julie Lacome
Refer to this related book activity to present how shapes form
things. It is the perfect companion to presenting the shapes
concept used for assembling the bookmark craft below. Tell the children they will make a
a special bookmark shaped like a house made of
Instead of the book mentioned above include a patriotic theme holiday book
or online story. Tell the children they will make a special
bookmark to use for their favorite books or to make as a gift.
Activity > Books > Reading > What is a bookmark
and how to use it >
There are two bookmark texts to select from. Select and
discuss the text and the importance of reading. Engage the
children in a dialogue about what books they enjoy the most and how
a bookmark is used.
Activity > Citizenship > The bookmark craft is a
vehicle to emphasize on the importance of reading to be informed
and efficient citizens. The design of the bookmark is that
of a home, representing our country and communities unified and
indivisible. Tell the children that reading and learning about
our country, understanding our national symbols, history and current
events is important to be a good citizens. We can read
and discuss the patriotic holiday or biographies
of notable Americans and folkloric legends that have been models of
Activity > Community helpers > The Librarian | My Neighborhood
> Our libraries >
Franklin to find out about what does a librarian does and the
importance of libraries in our neighborhood. Learn more about
what a librarian
Activity: Alphabet Activities >
H is for Home | Home | Heart
This is an opportunity to present letter H is for House | Home or Hearts (featured in the craft).
Activity: U.S.A. Patriotic Shapes Home Bookmark Craft and
* Print your choice of bookmark template - two text selections
and refer to learning activities.
Option #1 - Text: I love
to read about my home USA
Option #2 - Text: Home is the USA
* The color version is ideal for young children ages 5 and
under to emphasizes on shapes, color recognition and following a set
of instructions during the assembly.
*The black and white version is appropriate for older children that
are emergent readers and writers. It allows
for more creativity to decorate, and color with fine markers or
coloring pencils. Most of the non-text template pieces can be
used to trace
over a variety of scraps of paper materials, or they can write
original text. Instruct children to use the patriotic
Print or read the assembly instructions.
Decorate the bookmark further with holiday stampers, sticker and laminate
Shapes & Color Activity:
1. Identify all shapes for all
pieces on the template: bookmark & door (rectangles), the
hearts, the roof (triangles). Discuss the colors, on the
template (red, blue and white, the color in the national flag).
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing: Have the children sort
the shapes by size. Have the children arrange the sorted
shapes from smallest to largest.
2. Counting: Count how many shapes in each pile/size.
You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of
the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
Alphabet Activity: Letter H Reinforcement
1. Again find the letter H's in the text of the
bookmark: home & hearts.
Proceed with craft assembly. Make a demonstration of
the procedure for assembly. Refer to instructions page.
Making Homes / Houses
*Set wooden blocks, Lego blocks for children to make
*After the children have completed their house ask them to describe
them: the colors, the shapes and anything they may want to
express about their creations.
* two pieces of white paper, card
stock is better.
* crayons, markers
* Read instructions for optional
materials to use
* Include a book about shapes or a related holiday before starting the craft.