Download an American Flag.
You will need Adobe Acrobat to open it. You will have two flags, one wavy and one straight edged, mirrored, so that when you cut it out you will fold it in half and have a flag to see on each side. When folded it is about 4″. You can either put it on a small dowel or a straw or some type of straight stick.
Red, white and blue paint
Sheet of paper 2′x3′
What to do: 1. On the large sheet of paper, draw lines for stripes and paint a blue square in the upper left corner. 2. Have the children fill in the bottom stripe by dipping their hands in the red paint and pressing them end to end within the lines of the stripe. Using the white paint, have them make a white stripe just above it the same way. 3. Continue until you have all 13 stripes filled with hand prints. 4. Have the children dip their fingertips in paint and make the “stars” in the blue square.
More to do: Have children make our country’s very first flag the same way and explain why it looks different from the flag we have today.
Tear Paper Art
A project that I did with my kindergarten class is tear paper art. You could use this and have them make a flag with it. Instead of cutting paper to glue on to another sheet, they have to tear it with their hands. Just make sure that you go over what size they should be trying to tear for the stars, stripes, etc. My kiddos did a good job with this because I also had a display for them to refer to. I really think that this idea works for any grade level, any picture idea.
Star Cookie Cutters:
Gather a few star-shaped cookie cutters and shallow bowls of red and blue tempera paint. Allow each child to have a turn pressing the cookie cutters into the paint, then onto a piece of construction paper to make star shaped prints.
Patriotic Bead Patterning:
Gather several packages of red, white, and blue beads and white pipe cleaners. Make a few example patterns with the beads on the pipe cleaners. Set the remaining beads and pipe cleaners on a table and allow the children to copy any of the patterns on their own pipe cleaners.
Stars and Stripes Sandwich Bag
Stars: Gather several star shapes from red, white or blue construction paper. Also gather ribbons, glitter, sequins, aluminum foil or stickers in the same colors,along with one plastic sandwich bag for each child in the class. Allow the children to place items in the bags sparingly and evenly. (the bag should be flat on a table) Place the bag between two pieces of foil with a towel between the foil and the table and iron with a warm iron. Peel away the foil, and when the bags are cool,allow children to trim to star shapes.
Uncle Sam Hats:
Cut top hat shape out of white construction paper, glue two red strips to the front, put small blue band of construction paper where a hat band would be, and decorate hat band with white stars. Attach hat to sentence strip and staple shut.
Craft Stick American Flag:
Have the children paint about 8 tongue depressors red. Cut a blue paper square about 1/4 the size of a sheet of white paper. Glue it in the left hand corner.When sticks are dry, glue them on the page making a red stripe, then the white paper, another red and continue on. Have the children glue cotton balls on the blue part to be stars.
Stars and Stripes Collage
Blue construction paper, Red and white construction paper cut into 1″strips, Silver star stickers, glue
Set out all of the materials and let the children create!
Stars and Stripes Sponge Painting
Red and blue tempra paint, Sponges cut into stars and and long strips, White construction paper
Let the children make sponge prints on the white paper with the red and blue paint.
Red White and Blue Puffy Paint Pictures
Flour, Salt, Water, Red and blue food color, Empty mustard squeeze bottles, Cardboard Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water to make the puffy paint.
Divide mixture into three different bowls and color one bowl of mixture blue, one bowl red, and leave the last one white. Fill the mustard squeeze bottles with the mixture (one color per squeeze bottle). Let the children squeeze the different colors onto the cardboard.
Allow the children’s art work to dry. When it is dry, the design will be raised and will sparkle!
Red, White, and Blue Snack:
Blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream over short cakes or pound cake.
Graham Cracker Flags:
Gather a few packages of graham crackers, white frosting, ice cream sticks, small paper cups, and red white and blue food coloring. Give each child 3 paper cups with a tablespoon of frosting inside each cup. Drop food coloring in each cup 1 red 1 blue 1 white. Give each child an ice cream stick and instruct them to mix the food coloring into each cup. Then allow to design flag using the frosting on the cracker.
Cookie Cutter Stars:
Make jello stars by cutting them out with cookie cutters. Use red for the stars and add blueberries and vanilla flavored yogurt.