We did this flag craft on Flag Day but I wanted to share it for Fourth of July. Even though Flag Day is the American Flag’s birthday the day most people wave it is the Fourth of July. The greatest lesson I want to teach my son about the flag is that it means something and that it’s not just a fun design that looks pretty. This simple activity and book together did just that. Now when he waves this flag in between scrambling for candy at our hometown parade he will hopefully see much more than he did before.
- Gather your materials. You will need some white paper, a sheet of construction paper, scissors, glue or double stick tape, markers and a pencil.
- Start by talking about flags. You can read the book below first or just grab a flag and talk about it and basic symbolism.
- Have your child decide if they will make a flag for themselves, your family or a made up world like my son did.
- Start drawing in pencil. Now that my son is a little older I am trying to get him started thinking about rough drafts and final drafts.
- Add color.
- Cut out.
- Draw a flag pole on the construction paper and glue or tape the flag on.
- Time to write. My son and I shared this duty. If your child is not writing yet have them dictate their explanation of the flag.
- Glue or tape the explanation down. Have your child present their flag if possible at the dinner table to the rest of the family. I think little presentations help build confidence for public speaking in safe space. Proudly display after presenting.
Red, White, and Blue (Penguin Young Readers, L3) by John Herman is a great non fiction read about the American flag. Non fiction books are becoming more important for all ages as the Common Core State Standards focus much more heavily on non fiction works than most previous curriculum standards. I love history and I have passed that down to my son who read this entire book to me at bedtime Saturday night. It’s filled with facts but it also has great colorful pictures that support the text which is so important for children still getting comfortable with reading aloud. This book is long and I would suggest it for kids 5 and older although younger kids may enjoy it in pieces. The author did a great job presenting the important takeaways without losing the reader’s interest . I was particularly impressed with the author’s note about the lack of real evidence that Betsy Ross actually sewed the first flag. As someone who studied history I appreciate the accuracy while still acknowledging the familiar story and it’s uncertainty. All in all a great historical resource for kids.This post contains an affiliate link.
Today is Flag Day and instead of sitting inside and crafting stars and stripes we are running and searching all over our yard for them. This Flag Day activity for kids is as simple as it gets but fits perfectly with the special day. After playing we talked about the flag, it’s evolution and what flags are for. I plan on repeating this many times leading up to 4th of July as well.
- Gather your materials. You will need a container and some flags. We got everything at the dollar spot at Target and as far as I know it’s all still there! We have 8 flags and a tin bucket.
- Hide the flags around your yard. I just pushed mine right into the ground.
- Gather your search party. I explained it was not a race that they are working together against the clock. This turns my super competitive 6 year old into a supportive team player and gives my daughter a chance to participate at a more equal level.
- Go! I used my phone to time although really they didn’t care about the time they just liked the hunt.
- I spaced the flags out a lot. I wanted them to run as much as possible .
- As they returned the flags to the bucket I had them count and my son figure out how many more we needed to find. See what I did there? Throwing in a little bit of math.
- All in all it took three minutes and 43 seconds to find all 8 flags. Clearly I need to hide them better …. or give fewer hints.
If an inside activity is really what you are after check out these Patriotic Crafts.
Red, Blue and White play dough: we used our favorite play dough recipe. We also added glitter to the white after they played with it the first time. The recipe is super simple: 1 cup water, 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour, 2 TBSP oil and coloring( for this i used sugar free jello! smells so yummy! but you can use food paste or coloring, kool aid or paint.) stir all the ingredients till smooth,cook on med heat till it pulls away from the
pan, cool for a bit, knead still smooth and play!
Shannon blogs at Welcome To Our Wonderland where she share’s books and sometimes activities to go with the children’s books. She taught prek for 11 years and become a stay at home mom 10 years ago when her oldest was born.
- Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of white paper, 1 blue, 1 red , markers, glue, scissors , a star paper punch and a gift wrap roll.
- Start by having your child use blue and red markers to color the pole. If they are older they can write words like “vote” “America” “election” etc… on it. My son loved this step so much it’s all he did!
- While they do this you do the craft, oh wait that was just us. While they color you can cut out the paper shapes, if they are older have them help or do this all on their own. You will need 4 short and 4 long red stripes , one blue square ( well it’s really a fat rectangle..), and a whole bunch of white stars. My son took a break from coloring to try the paper punch.
- Start by gluing the blue section on.
- Add the stripes
- Add the stars
- Check on my son who is still coloring the pole , and a little bit of my kitchen table.
- Let dry
- Using the last piece of white paper – write a message. Campaign if you want , or just write something like we did ” Vote Today!!”
- Glue that to the back of the flag, add some clear tape for stability.
- Glue the flag to the pole
- Get your message out, be heard!
Here are two fun flag crafts!
- Gather your materials. For this flag on the top you will need some white paper, blue construction paper, a sponge, red and white paint and scissors.
- Cut the sponge into a long strip and a star. As you can see the star doesn’t need to be perfect!
- Cut a small square out of the blue construction paper.
- Using the white paint sponge paint white stars on the blue paper. Set aside.
- Using the long sponge and red paint paint red stripes onto a white paper.
- Glue the Blue paper onto the red and white one and voila you made a cool flag!
- Gather your materials. For this flag you will need some white paper, a white crayon , blue and red paint and a paint brush.
- Using your white crayons draw lots of long stripes, leaving the area for the stars blank. Then add the stars. This can be hard to do but remember to press hard so that there is a lot of wax.
- Carefully paint with blue paint over JUST the stars.
- Carefully with red paint paint over the stripes. If the stripes or stars aren’t showing through keep wiping off any extra paint and the crayon should appear.