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For preschoolers and older – My oldest son and I both cut blue and red squares. Then he used glue sticks to create a blue field and red stripes. Arranging the pieces helped him with fine motor skills, and he also had to use his pattern recognition for the stripes.
To decorate, he dabbed blue glitter glue onto the blue squares.
For toddlers – cut out a large blue rectangle for the flag field. Then cut out 7 strips of red for the stripes.
My toddler happily glued these large pieces onto the white background to create a flag. Then he dipped his thumb in white paint, and daubed white “stars” on the blue field. The larger pieces are easier for toddlers apply glue to and hold as they place each piece.
Flag Windsock Craft
A colorful outdoor decoration that can also help kids learn about weather patterns, is a paper wind sock. (My boys thought at first that they’d be wearing the ‘socks!). Create this easy wind sock with red, white, and blue paper, and it’s a lovely banner for patriotic holidays!
Fold the white piece of paper lengthwise. Then place the red and blue paper vertically on the fold of the white paper (you’ll have extra paper on the sides that you’ll trim off later).
Glue white paper down to one side of the red and blue paper, then flip and glue the other side down.
My son colored one side of the white paper with patriotic décor like flags, soldiers, and then a thunderstorm!
Using both styles of scissors, he cut the remaining red and blue paper into 1-inch strips, and trimmed all but one inch extra from the sides. I drew lines for him to cut along evenly and helped him glue the two side flaps together.
Punch four holes into the white top portion, and string four pieces of thread through the holes. Gather at the top and knot to create a hanger.
I think we’ll have to make one every season, these paper windsock crafts were so easy to create. Our boys loved watching the breeze blow their windsock about, and they make such happy decorations in our garden for the Fourth of July holiday.
Tin Can Planter Craft
Looking for another patriotic craft? We also created this sparkly Patriotic Tin Can Flag Planter Craft with paints and glitter – a bit of a longer project, but looks great on the picnic table.
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Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow deep in Play Dough, or behind the pages of a book. She blogs about her family life at HappyStrongHome.com.