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Patriotic Crafts: Salute to the Stars and Stripes

written by: Tania Cowling • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 5/29/2018

Celebrate the spirit of America and honor the “stars and stripes." Make it a red, white, and blue day as you pay tribute to our country with simple patriotic crafts. Here are a few ideas that can be used to celebrate Flag Day (June), Independence Day (July), and patriotism in general.

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    Patriotic Parade Sticks

    Patriotic Parade Sticks 

    Kids will have fun making and waving these patriotic parade sticks at key times during your school patriotic parade or at hometown events when they take this craft home for family time.

    You will need:

    • Cardboard paper towel tubes
    • Construction paper
    • Crepe paper streamers
    • Adhesive stars
    • Safety scissors
    • Tape

    Directions:

    1. Cover the paper towel tube with construction paper (red, white, or blue) and tape it in place.
    2. Adhere patriotic stars down the one side. You could also draw and cut out stars from paper and glue these to the roll.
    3. Cut out lengths of crepe paper and tuck these into the top of the tube. Tape these securely in place.
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    My Masking Stars

    My Masking Stars 

    Invite your students to add to the red, white, and blue décor by making these star-spangled paintings.

    You will need:

    • Masking tape
    • White card stock
    • Red and blue paints
    • Paintbrushes

    Directions:

    1. Show the children how to make simple stars with three pieces of masking tape per star. Create several on the sheet of card stock.
    2. Invite the students to paint the entire sheet with any combination of red and blue paint.
    3. When the paint dries, assist each child to carefully remove the tape to reveal white stars. “Oh my, I spy stars!”
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    Outdoors Fireworks Print

    Outdoors Fireworks Print 

    Challenge your children to create a spectacular outdoor fireworks scene with paints and a plastic fork. This craft is perfect to do on a picnic table at the park or indoors in the classroom.

    You will need:

    • Plastic forks
    • Red, white, and blue paint
    • Paper plate
    • Black construction paper
    • Salt or glitter (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Place a dollop of paint in each color onto a paper plate.
    2. Invite the kids to dip the plastic fork into one color and print the tines onto black paper.
    3. Continue to add tines of colors until you have completed a burst of fireworks. Make several randomly on the paper.
    4. Sprinkle salt for a shiny effect or glitter onto the wet paint.

     

    Check Bright Hub Education for more patriotic topics:

    Patriotic Crafts for Kindergarten: Celebrating America With Red, White, and Blue

    Lesson Plan for Pre-K on Patriotism

References

  • Red, White, and Blue Gala, The Best of Mailbox, Book 2
  • Personal experience in an early childhood classroom
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