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My kids have been attending a summer camp called Patriot Camp this week. I volunteered to work at it & have been loving it so much. I taught a lesson on the Declaration of Independence on Tuesday. It was a blast. We learned about the first Independence Day. We also made a 5-point star. I am going to teach you how to cut a 5-point star! It’s really quite easy.
George Washington’s original pencil sketch for the American flag had 6-point stars, a form he apparently preferred. Betsy Ross, however, recommended a 5-point star. When the committee protested that it was too difficult to make, she took a piece of paper, folded it quickly, and with a single snip of her scissors, produced a symmetrical five-pointed star. This paper trick so impressed her audience that they readily agreed to her idea.
I also heard that the 6-point star (Star of David) is representative of the 12 tribes of Israel. It has 12 sides. But since the 10 tribes were lost, they changed it to the 5-pointed star with only 10 sides and used that instead. I know if this is completely accurate, but I liked it…
It was a fun and simple thing to make, so I thought I would share!
How to Fold and Cut a 5-Point Star: