By Felicity LuHill
February 20, 2017
In honor of President’s Day, create your very own Declaration of Independence!
With your early reader, either at home or in the classroom.
What you need:
- 3 Black Tea Bags
- Plain White Paper or Paper with the Declaration of Independence text***
- Black Pen or Marker (a calligraphy pen would be preferable, but not necessary)
- Twine or String
***If your early reader is still learning how to write, use the printed Declaration of Independence
- Steep your tea bags in a cup of boiling hot water, allow tea to cool
- Rip the edges of your piece of paper
- Crumple up your piece of paper
- Once tea has cooled, soak paper into tea completely. Allow the paper to soak in the tea for a couple minutes
- Flatten out the piece of paper and dry it out with the blowdryer. 5 minutes on a high setting and 2 minutes on a low setting should get the paper completely dry.
- Write out the Declaration of Independence onto aged paper with pen or marker (if not already printed). You can also use an abbreviated version of the text, such as the bolded section below:
- When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
- Roll up the document into a scroll and tie it up!
Talk to your early reader about the origins of the Declaration of Independence and the meaning behind these words. What does it mean to be “created equal?” What does the “pursuit of Happiness” mean to him?
Adapted from DLTK’s Crafts for kids:
“DLTK’s Crafts for KidsMake your own Parchment.” Parchment Craft – Declaration of Independence. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2017. http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/mdeclaration.htm