Flag Day

Art and Craft Projects for Flag Day

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Craft Stick Flags

Materials Needed

  • Wooden craft sticks (4 1/2" x 3/8")(10 per child)
  • 3 x 5 index cards
  • Wood glue
  • Red, white, and blue paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Small star stamp (optional)
  • White pigmented ink (optional)
  • Protective sealant (optional)
  • Paint smocks
  • Newspaper

Cover work area with newspaper. Give each child a paint smock, a paintbrush, and10 craft sticks. Instruct children to count out five craft sticks and paint them red. Count out four more and paint them white. Set the remaining stick aside temporarily.

Allow painted craft sticks to dry thoroughly. Glue painted craft sticks to an index card in alternating red-white-red order. (Be sure to begin and end with red.)

Allow glue to dry. Trim off card excess. Then, paint a blue rectangle (approximately 1.5" -- 4 sticks -- tall by 2" wide) in the upper left-hand corner of the flag shape. Allow blue paint to dry.

Use tiny star stamp to stamp white stars onto blue paint. If you cannot find very small star stamps, simply use paint and the handle of the paintbrush to make white dots. Allow these to to dry.

Spray protective sealant onto flag if desired. Finally, glue unpainted craft stick vertically along left edge of flag. This will serve as the flag pole.

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Creating the First Flag
Materials Needed:
  • Scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Betsy Ross received the following directions for making the first flag:

"RESOLVED, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

Within these guidelines, she was free to design the flag as she wished. She chose the size of the stripes, the arrangement of the stars, and the overall proportions of the flag.

Explore various other flag designs that would satisfy the guidelines established by Congress. Select your favorite design, and create it from construction paper.

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Patriotic Collage

Materials Needed

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Star stickers (optional)
  • Red, white, and blue paint (optional)
  • Red, silver, and blue glitter (optional)

Give students red, white, and blue construction papers; scissors; and glue. Star stickers; red, white and blue paints; and glitters may be provided, if desired.

Let imaginations have free reign! Tell students to assemble materials into an original patriotic wall hanging.

They may want to create banners based on a stars-and-stripes theme. They may want to tear paper into small pieces, then assemble into the shape of a patriotic symbol (flag, eagle, Statue of Liberty, etc.) They may want to crate an abstrat design--anything goes!

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Stars and Stripes

Materials Needed

  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Blue and red paint
  • Heavy white paper

From a sponge, cut out star shapes. Cut another rectangular sponge into 1" strips.

Provide children with blue and red paint as well as white paper. Show them pictures of American flags from the original design representing the thirteen colonies to today's design. Let them use sponges to re-create various flag designs. (You might wish to assign each child a different flag, then allow children to practice placing them in chronological order once dry.)

After flags have been created, encourage children to create other designs using the stars and stripes.

Note: If working with young children, you might pour a very thin layer of paint into a styrofoam tray. This helps limit the amount of paint children get on the sponge and also reduces the danger of spills.

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A Family Flag

Materials Needed:

  • White scratch paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Heavy white paper
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils, and/or paint

Ask children to look at the American flag and name the colors it contains. Explain that each color used in a flag has a special meaning. In the American flag, for instance, the blue stands for justice, the white stands for purity, and the red stands for courage.

Not only the colors but also the symbols on the flag are significant. The original flag bore thirteen stars and thirteen stripes--one for each of the colonies. Today the American flag proudly displays fifty stars, one for each state in the union. The thirteen stripes remain unchanged, reminding America of its beginning as thirteen colonies.

Ask children to think of items that have special significance to them or their family. Direct them to create a family flag, using only the most important of these symbols. You might also share the meanings of the following colors commonly used on flags so that children can choose appropriate colors for their designs.


justice; piety; sincerity


grief; sorrow




strength; endurance


high rank


courage; valor



silver or white

faith; purity

yellow or gold

honor; loyalty

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