With the Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to come up with some American flag and other patriotic crafts for kids. This is a great time to teach kids about our country’s flag and why we celebrate our independence.
American Flag Shapes
- oil based pastels
- red card stock
For this craft, have kids choose a shape other than a rectangle. Next, draw the shape on a red piece of paper. We chose to do hearts. Next, using oil based pastels (crayons will work but the colors won’t be as vibrant) make an American flag picture on the shape. Put white dots for the stars on the flag. Finally, if desired, have kids cut out the shape.
American Tissue Flags
- white construction paper
- dark blue construction paper
- red tissue paper squares
- glue stick
- White crayon or 50 silver foil stars
Take a large (about 8 by 11) piece of white construction paper. Then, cut a square of dark blue construction paper to glue in the upper left hand side of your white paper. Next, take rectangles of red tissue and glue them side by side for each red stripe on the flag. If you have tissue squares, fold and glue them in half to make rectangles. Finally, draw 50 stars with a white crayon or use star stickers on the dark blue square.
American Flag Tissue Paper Flowers
- red, white and blue tissue paper
- piece of sturdy paper for backing
- glue stick or glue
These pretty, patriotic flowers use red, white, and blue tissue paper to make a pattern. Tissue squares work best. However, you can also tear off small pieces of paper. Pinch the tissue square together at the bottom. Then, starting in the middle of the paper, cluster several of the red color as the flower’s center. Then, make a circle of blue tissue paper around the red. Next, continue with white until your flower is the desired size.
- white construction paper, cardstock or poster board
- crayons, colored pencils
Give your kids a bunch of red and blue crayons in different shades. Then, allow them to make an America or U.S.A sign with block letters. Encourage them to use polka dots, stripes and patterns to make their signs patriotic.
These American Flag and other patriotic crafts are great for the Fourth of July or anytime your kids are feeling patriotic. Remember that the American flag has 13 stripes and 50 stars!
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