It's almost independence day! We've been celebrating by doing a few crafts centering on the American flag and the colors red, white, and blue. These 4th of July crafts are all easy enough for young children, and fun for older ones.
The very first thing we did was an American flag coloring page. Since we don't live in America, I had to introduce this to Maggie. Unfortunately, the phone rang as I was getting it set up, and she started coloring her stars yellow. She got upset when I showed her a picture of the flag. Luckily, I printed two copies.
Once she was familiar with the look of the American Flag, we did a torn paper collage of the flag.
4th of July Craft #1: Torn Paper Flag Collage
- blue and red construction paper
- glue stick
- white paper
Tear the construction paper into little pieces and glue them into a resemblance of the American flag with a glue stick. You can see our final torn paper collage at the top of this post. Just be sure not to count our stripes!
4th of July Craft #2: Red, White & Blue Twirlers
- red, white and blue crepe paper (streamers)
- paper towel tube
Cut long strips of crepe paper. Crepe paper comes in sheets in india, so I cut my strips thin. I did two strips of each color, about 1/2 inch by 3 feet. Staple the strips to the top of a paper towel tube and let your kids dance around with it!
I don't actually have a paper towel tube, or a stapler, so I taped our crepe paper strips onto our xylophone mallets. It worked great. The kids LOVED this activity and have been playing with their 4th of July Twirlers for days.
4th of July Craft #3: Star Printing
- star cookie cutters
- paper plate
I got the idea for the star printing from No Time for Flash Cards. While we had the paint out, we went ahead and tried making fireworks using a drinking straw!
- watered down paint
- drinking straw
- paint brush
Use the paint brush to drip large drops of watered down paint on your paper. Blow through the straw to spread the paint drops into fireworks! Watered down paint will spread fast and more easily.