In this activity the children will learn
about a holiday and have
fun creating a useful and practical gift: Easy Shapes Flag
Post-it Note Holder. Instead of the post-it note pad use a photo or
This activity and craft is suitable for the following holidays:
Saint Valentine's Day > February 14th
Mother's Day Holiday>
Celebrated the second Sunday in May.
Father's Day Holiday > Celebrated the third Sunday in June. Online resource Wikipedia.org
National Grandparents Day -
Celebrated in September, the first Sunday after
Activity 1 > History and Traditions of the Holiday
Ages 2 to 6:
1. Share some simple facts about the holiday celebrated
using information from the links provided above.
2. Parents: Share and explain how your family celebrates
the holiday and what traditions are observed.
Examples: Special dinners, family get-togethers, gift
giving,reading a book related to the
holiday, visiting Grandparents, what special
foods are prepared on that day.
3. Educators can share how the community in general celebrates
Activity > Alphabet > H is for Heart >
Introduce a related letter of the alphabet. Letter
H is for Heart is appropriate for these holidays.
Activity > Craft > Easy Shapes Post-it Note Holder Flag -
Ages 2+ (with help)
Young children can enjoy and also practice some important skills by making
this craft and gift that will but a smile on the recipient's
face. Adjust colors and related materials to
reflect the holiday.
The templates in black and white were designed so that
caregivers and families together with the children can express
in them their favorite colors, their traditions and heritage.
* This craft activity will help
children learn about colors, shapes, about the images in the card
and about the holiday.
* The children will learn how fascinating it is to create a special
gift using shapes and a variety of materials.
* Let's call this technique
"layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer
them to form another image or landscape. Go to the links and
print a template of your choice.
Note for all templates:
The smiley face templates can be replaced by a real photo of family
members: child, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or other recipient.
Add a poem or greeting in the back of the note holder.
Assembly Method #1:For Black & White Template
1. Print the flag template (template #1) directly on a colorful piece of
construction paper or computer craft paper. Option:
Trace onto wrapping paper or scraps of wall paper.
2. Child can color and decorate directly on the second
template [template #2], then cut, layer and assemble. Note: Circles with
smiley face features have been provided in the template, but you can use
the opposite side so older children can make the face features or
replace with a real photo.
3. Once the flag is assembled and decorated, (adult
assistance) fold the upper edge of the flag on the dotted
4. Lay out a of piece string, yarn or ribbon (about 2 feet)
inside the fold, glue the edge without gluing the string.
Optional: To reinforce it, you can glue craft sticks inside
the fold and tie the string to the edges of the sticks. Tie a
knot, affix 1/2 of a post it note pack, a photo or child's drawing on the square
dotted area on the flag and it is ready!
Method #2: For Black & White Template
Print the template of your choice and cut out the
pieces. Then use the templates to trace unto construction
paper, colored paper, scraps of wrapping paper, scraps of fabric, or
wall paper scraps. Proceed with the same steps above.
Method #3: Color Template
Note: Two color templates provided (blue background and pink
Print the color template, cut and assemble and follow the
assembly instructions above.
Read suggestions below for different age groups:
Children 2 to 3 years:
The youngest child can participate in this craft creation. For
this age group all the pieces should be cut out and ready to
assemble and color. Add a few drops of glue or use glue stick
to desired locations and guide child through the process and show
the small finished picture included in the template.
Make sure to identify and discuss the colors used, shape and the images of and other items in the card templates (if applicable).
Children 3+ and older:
Older children can add and decorate the plain colored pieces
first with glitter, paint: brush strokes, sponging, cotton ball
dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue paper, scraps of fabric to make
collage or a patchwork effect, etc. , and then proceed to cut out the
pieces and layer the pieces as suggested in the small image on
Additional decorations ideas:
*Add holiday related stickers
* Add stickers related to recipients favorite hobby or sport
Places to hang the note holder flag:
1) Next to telephone
2) Tool Shed or Tool Area/Closet
2) Home office or at place of work
3) Gym locker
4) Refrigerator door
5) Anyplace where a note holder is needed.
Shapes Post-it Note Holder Flag
to view large image
Template 1 -
Template 2 - People
H is Heart
*construction paper, card stock, white or coordinating colors
glue or glue stick
* 2' feet of string, thin ribbon or yarn
A variety of materials as
described in the instructions.