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.
We are in Vancouver and loving the Olympic spirit and pride all countries have in their athletes and countries. My son is luckier than most he has two countries and is being raised to love both. We made this Canadian flag craft to cheer my country on, and grabbed our American flag we made and kept ( one of the few crafts I have kept for a long time) to cheer Daddy’s country. No matter what flag you are making remember it doesn’t have to be perfect just have fun!
- Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, red paint ( I had blue because I wasn’t sure if we’d make an American one too), white paper, a roller paint brush, glue,marker, and scissors.
- Make two lines to define the red and white sections of your flag.
- Add your red paint and start rolling. My son likes to pretend to be a steam roller and loves any craft with this brush!
- Keep going, don’t worry if you get some in the middle, you will be covering it with white paper anyway.
- Roll your paint on your child’s hand.
- Give them some scrap paper to make more hand prints, this will get some excess off and it’s fun!
- Fill your sink and let them play- it’s way easier to get your little one’s hands clean than scrubbing, and they have fun playing with the water while their hand print dries.
- When the print is dry add glue.
- Add your hand print and let dry.
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- Gather your materials. You will need a piece of paper towel, some red, white and blue paper, a star paper punch, scissors, glue and contact paper.
- Start by cutting your blue paper into a square that takes up almost a quarter of the upper left corner of your paper towel.
- Cut your red paper into stripes, some long, some short.
- Punch stars out of your white paper
- Add glue to your blue
- Add the stars
- Add glue for the stripes and start adding them.
- Let dry ( do not skip this step, you’ll get squished glue marks like me, learn from my oops).
- Cover with contact paper. The way that works best I think is to place on piece of contact paper on your table , lay the flag face down so there are no bubbles, then sandwich it with another piece. Press hard and trim.
” How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world” by Marjorie Priceman cost me a total of 15 cents at a thrift store. It is worth so much more than that. This book is a gem! Perfect for older preschoolers who are getting a sense of the world beyond their own home and city, this book takes you on a ride around the world! You follow the little girl to Italy, France , Sri Lanka, England, Jamaica and back to Vermont! As soon as I read this my mind was racing with classroom activities ! I will be posting some soon. I LOVE this book, I just wish I had read it when I was still teaching it would have been so much fun to teach geography with!
“How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA” by Marjorie Priceman didn’t disappoint one bit. I was worried after falling in love with the previous book that this couldn’t live up to my expectations. It did! This time she wasn’t looking for ingredients for the pie, but rather materials for her tools. She gathered wood in Washington for her rolling pin, cotton in Louisiana for pot holders granite in New Hampshire for her pastry slab and more. What I wasn’t expecting of this book and loved was how she gathered natural resources and then processed them to make what she needed. I think this is a wonderful lesson about manufacturing and could be used for a launchpad for learning about so much more. Another gem I will be adding to my must buy list.