I am not an American citizen ( although I think I am going to take the plunge soon) but after living here for 12 years I love the 4th of July, it’s one of my very favorite holidays. My town kicks off the holiday with a street dance on the 3rd followed by a 5k race ( my favorite part) and, of course, a huge candy filled parade ( my kids’s favorite). I love making patriotic 4th of July crafts in anticipation and we will be making some fun ones this week. I thought I’d share my favorite American flag crafts with you today!
I keep getting reminders about my town’s 4th of July Fun Run so today I decided it was time to dust of the red, white, and blue craft supplies and get busy. I have too many craft supplies in my house and this giant 4th of July American Flag Suncatcher did a great job of using up odds and ends and turning them into something amazing! I think this flag is amazing. My kids are 5 ( today!) and 8 and they loved this but even toddlers will love this 4th of July craft.
Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, some washi tape or painter’s tape, some markers, and a BUNCH of fun red white and blue collage materials. We have sparkly foam, popsicle sticks, pom poms, foam hearts, paper circles, and more.
Peel the backing off the contact paper and tape it to the wall / window sticky side out. Draw an outline of the flag on the sticky side of the if needed. Pop the tray full of collage materials next to the contact paper.
I love 4th of July , even though I am not American I have developed a deep fondness for this holiday. Our little town comes together and it’s a huge party. Get ready for Independence Day with fun 4th of July crafts and activities. I have gathered up 20 of my favorites from our archives and other blogs. Do you have a favorite? Tell us about it or leave a link in comments.
After all these crafts you will need some great books to read as well. Check out our 4th of July book list here
It’s time to get out all the red, white, and blue paint for 4th of July crafts! This craft can easily be adapted to any color so even if you aren’t celebrating Independence day you can make a fun noise maker for your music basket. My daughter absolutely adored making this and even though she created a product the focus of the activity was largely on the process. She experimented with the colors, experimented with where we placed the paint and the direction we spun the salad spinner. Crafts can be about more than the finished product, it’s all in how you do it!
Gather your materials. You will need two small paper plates, some red, blue, and gold paint. We used gold but any glittery pain would work well. You will also need a salad spinner, stapler, and some dry pasta or anything else you want to pop inside. I like bigger pasta because it’s less likely to sneak through the plates and spill.
Open and be amazed and if you want keep adding more paint to see what you get! We must have done the first plate 8 times. She was in heaven and I was loving how she adjusted where and how much paint she added each time. I could see the gears shifting.
When they feel like their design is just right let it dry and grab the second plate. Repeat the process. The novelty had not worn out one bit with the second plate. We did this one five or six times too. This photo is a totally gratuitous one , I just thought it was cute.
Check out our patriotic 4th of July books for kids here!
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.