With the 4th of July coming up, I thought it was the perfect time to talk a little more about our flag. Kids learn by doing — so I decided we’d make flags of our own.
I prepped for our craft by cutting out plenty of red and white strips and a couple blue rectangles. I cut a paper bag in half to use as a surface to glue our flags to.
Then I called the kids to the kitchen.
We examined the American flag carefully, counting the stripes and talking about the colors. My daughter impressed me when she said, “Each of the stars represents one of the states!” Good memory from our talk on Memorial Day!
Then they got to work, gluing red and white stripes onto their brown paper. It was good practice in patterns for the 4 year-old.
We stopped periodically to count the stripes. I had cut more than needed because I wanted them to learn that there are 13 stripes and then count and recreate that in their craft.
Once they had all the needed stripes, they glued their blue rectangle onto the flag.
Kids LOVE glitter. (And I love glitter glue because it gives the sparkle with less mess!) While they painted their blue rectangle with glitter glue, I hole-punched a bunch of white “stars” for them to stick on to the flag.
I think they turned out pretty cute!
Looking for more patriotic fun?
- Patriotic Sensory Play
- Memorial Day Small World Play
- Create a Red, White, and Blue Water Bottle Sun Catcher