We’ve been learning about U.S. History, particularly about Paul Revere and the Minute Men. We got this lesson idea from here: http://www.ehow.com/list_6916830_paul-revere-craft-ideas-children.html
This was a fun activity. At first the kids complained that the cans were cold. (They are filled with water and frozen solid, so yeah… they’re cold.) Then they complained that they couldn’t hammer the holes, but if they tried, they could. And did!
First we cleaned the cans, then sized paper to fit the outside of the can. We each made our designs on the paper. Simple designs. Keep it very simple! Annie made a horse and stars. Allie made a person hiding behind a bush and stars. Mom made a moon and stars and ground beneath. TJ made all sorts of things, but they were just scribbles anyway. =)
Once the cans were frozen, we re-taped the paper to them and began to hammer away. Allie and i used the back of a screwdriver as a hammer, because we just don’t have 4 hammers on hand. I have a tiny little hammer that TJ used. I would start his nails for him and then he’d have at it.
This is a great idea… i recommend it! If you do make Paul Revere’s lanterns, let me know how they turned out.