Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a great cut and paste paper craft project for learning about the USA. It includes some American animals, symbolic American icons, the American flag and a map of the USA.
This turns out to be quite a large project (about 25 inches x 25 inches) and there are lots of templates to print.
Note: If you'd like a smaller project (both in size and time) do a 4 square quilt instead of a 9 square quilt: only print templates 1, 2, 4 and 5
Alternatively, you might like to have a group of children each make a quilt piece or two and then assembling everyone's pieces into one quilt.
Image 1: Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States with the first usage of the term dating from the War of 1812. During the war, provisions sent to soldiers were inspected and marked with SAM causing the soldiers to begin to affectionately refer to food arrivals as gifts from Uncle Sam.
Image 2: The rose is the National Floral Emblem of the United States.
Image 3: "As American as motherhood and apple pie" has been a saying for over a century. Strangely enough, apples are not native to North America. British colonists brought them to America. John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) became an American legend for planting apple orchards.
Image 4: The Statue of Liberty is a large neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was a gift to the United States from the people of France. She represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tablet upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.
Image 5: The flag of the US consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the top left corner. The 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union. The 50 white stars on the blue rectangle represent the 50 states that currently make up the country.
Image 6: The bald eagle is the national bird and the national symbol of the United States.
Image 7: The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Image 8: The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic. It has 50 states and is the world's third largest country by area. Canada borders it to the north and Mexico to the south.
Image 9: Baseball is America's national sport.