Here’s a quick refresher on Old Glory, and some patriotic and Flag Day activities.
According to American legend, George Washington asked seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag in June of 1776 in preparation of our country declaring its independence on July 4. The flag had 13 stripes and 13 stars to symbolize the 13 original colonies, with the stars set against a blue background to represent “a new constellation.” As new states joined the Union, more stars were added, until Hawaii became our 50th and last state (why today’s flag has 50 stars).
Many teachers and patriots called for a day to celebrate the flag’s birthday. So President Truman designated June 14th of each year as National Flag Day, a day to display the American flag in front of homes and businesses to remember the day the “Stars and Stripes” became the official U.S. flag.
Join us in celebrating our flag’s birthday with some of these patriotic and flag-themed activities!
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Homeschool expert Genny Upton walks you through how to have your kids paint a GIANT U.S. flag using a small American flag as a model for them to replicate. Guide children to notice important details like making sure there are 13 stripes (7 red and 6 white) to symbolize the 13 original colonies. And have them count (if they can’t replicate) all 50 stars, symbolizing the 50 United States of America. (See when your state “became a star” in this handy chart.) This hands-on learning and painting project is a great way to get the conversation started about the meaning and majesty of our flag!
Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen walks you through a quick-n-clever way to have kids make flag banner cards that will surely get your “stamp” of approval. Great for party invitations, thank-you cards, or just a Happy Flag Day message. Get the details here.
Need a whimsical outdoor decoration for Flag Day? Learn how kids can turn paper and streamers into a festive red, white, and blue windsock to put on display. Read the full post here.
While kids might recognize the American flag, do they know about other kinds of flags? Discussing the symbols, words, and colors used on various flags is a great way to tap into kids’ critical thinking skills. Head down to City Hall and see if your child can spot your State flag (or see a picture of each State flag here). Have your child make a pirate flag you can use to mark the spot of buried treasure. Then send them on a pirate treasure hunt to uncover their “loot.” Or have kids make their own checkered racing flags to wave at the winner during backyard races this summer. Help children see that flags are all around us!
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Come on back to our blog each week to check out our “Summer Fun” calendar and our Summer Pinterest board — each full of educational activities, crafts, games, and more to keep your children busy and learning this summer.