Ethan's preschool is having an all-American BBQ tomorrow to celebrate the Fourth of July. I decided to go with an offering of mini-cupcakes...sans frosting. (I didn't think it would be too nice of me to get a whole class of four-year olds hopped up on sugar after a long week.) I would have gone without the sprinkles too, but I thought that was a bit too bah-humbug-ish...even for me. They've just finished up a unit on the United States, and since they now know how many stars and stripes are on the flag, I thought it would be a nice touch to make little flag toppers.
Originally, I was just going to cut out rectangular flags, but then it occured to me that they would be waaaay cuter if I just punched them out. My new fave punch is a 1.5" scalloped circle punch by Fiskars. I love the fact that it can be postitioned with precision and that you can see exactly what you are punching. It's the perfect size for little cupcake toppers and favor tags.
I found a free flag image on-line, adjusted the size in photoshop so that it would fit my punch, and then printed them out. I punched out each one so that the stars took up the top left corner (this is where a positionable punch comes in handy) and then attached them to toothpicks. Now that I think about it, I should have also punched out solid circles to glue on the back so that the toothpicks don't show. Oh well, I'll have to remember that for next time. Anyways, I don't think preschoolers are too picky about things like that :)
Happy 4th of July everyone!