Here's a neat trick your kids can use to dazzle fellow patriots on Independence Day: take a plain sheet of paper, make a series of folds, snip once, and, presto! You've got a perfect star.
Fold the paper in half from top to bottom, creasing it firmly.
Fold the paper in half again, creasing it lightly.
Undo the second fold.
Make a third fold, bringing the tip of the upper right corner to the crease mark at the paper's left edge.
Fold down the upper left corner along the top edge of the section you folded in step 4.
Fold the paper vertically so that the left and right edges match up. Cut the paper at a sharp angle, as shown, creating a small triangle. Open the triangle, and there's your star.