There are many things in Italy for children to love. Pizza, pasta, warm weather, beaches and mountains are just a few of the things that entire families can enjoy. It is easy to find inspiration for Italian-themed crafts when looking at everything the country has to offer. Try some of these ideas or come up with your own creations based on Italy's culture and landscape.
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The Italian Flag
The Italian flag is evenly divided into three vertical stripes of green, white and red. This makes it an easy craft for kids.
Playdough: Roll red, white and green tubes of playdough. They should be fat and short. Set them in order next to each other and flatten them. Trim the playdough edges into a rectangle. Allow the playdough to dry.
Pasta: Use rigatoni (fat tube pasta) to make the flags. Paint two tubes in each colour. Allow the paint to dry. Glue the pasta together in the red-white-green formation. You can also make a pasta flag using a lasagne noodle and painting it with Italy's colours.
Flagpoles can be made from pipe cleaners, toothpicks or Popsicle sticks.
Gelato is Italy's take on ice cream. This frozen treat can become a craft in several ways.
Styrofoam balls: Color styrofoam balls in the colour you want the ice cream to be. Allow to dry. Insert a fine wooden skewer into the balls to hang them together and trim off any pointy ends. For added suport you can put glue between the balls. Optional: Crumple matching tissue paper between the balls to give the gelato a less symmetrical look. Make a cone out of heavy construction paper or use a real cone.
Playdough: Playdough is too heavy for most cones so a bowl of gelato might be a better option. Choose your playdough/gelato colours and roll them into gelato style balls. You can use as many balls as you like. Put into a paper bowl. Glitter can be used for sprinkles.
Italy - The Boot
Teach children a little geography by showing them how Italy is shaped like a boot. Download a template (or freehand) of Italy and help children trace the country on construction paper. Cut out the boot shape and draw regional items onto the paper like mountains in northern Italy, grape vines in central Italy and beaches in southern Italy.
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