Make Your Own Flag Craft

learn about the american flagWe 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.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some white paper, a sheet of construction paper, scissors, glue or double stick tape, markers and a pencil. Make your own flag for 4th of july
  2. Start by talking about flags. You can read the book below first or just grab a flag and talk about it and basic symbolism.
  3. Have your child decide if they will make a flag for themselves, your family or a made up world like my son did.
  4. 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. make your own flag for independence day
  5. Add color. make your own flag activity
  6. Cut out. make your own flag to learn about the stars and stripes
  7. Draw a flag pole on the construction paper and glue or tape the flag on. make your own flag lesson for kids
  8. Time to write. make your own flag kindergarten activityMy son and I shared this duty. If your child is not writing yet have them dictate their explanation of the flag. mae your own flag and learn about the american flag
  9. 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.

Book

red white and blue

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.

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Flag Day Activity For Kids

patriotic activity for kidsToday 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.

  1. 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.flag day game
  2. Hide the flags around your yard. I just pushed mine right into the ground. 4th of july activity
  3. Gather your search party.  flag daya easy activityI 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.
  4. Go! I used my phone to time although really they didn’t care about the time they just liked the hunt. flag day outside activity
  5. I spaced the flags out a lot.flag day race I wanted them to run as much as possible .flag day for preschool
  6. 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. flag day gross motor
  7. 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. flag day outside activity for kids

 

If an inside activity is really what you are after check out these  Patriotic Crafts.

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