What did we do with this book?
Using a few simple craft materials you can create an American flag craft mobile that can twist in the breeze or decorate your child’s room. It is super easy! We made this mobile two years ago for a guest post on the blog Not Just Cute. I thought you would love to see it!
A flag mobile like this one would be great to hang up on Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day or the 4th of July. We have had it hung up in a tree in our yard on bright sunny days lately, but we take it in a night. It isn’t weather safe. It has spent the most time in JDaniel’s room hanging from one of the arms of his ceiling fan.
The first thing you have to do it so gather your supplies.
Cardboard box ( Colored poster board could be used instead)
Paint (Red, white and blue)
White construction paper
Plastic hanger (red)
X -Acto knife
Directions for creating the mobile:
Trace the outline of a flag and mark off six stripes of equal length.
Draw wavy lines to separate each of the stripes.
If you are using poster board for your stripes, cut out the stripes with scissors. If you are using cardboard, cut out the stripes with an X-Acto knife.
Cut a four inch length from three of your stripes. The short stripes with be the blue area of the flag.
Now it is kid’s time! Have the kids color the three short stripe sections blue. Two of the long stripes and one of the shorter stripes will need to be painted white. Two of the shorter stripes and two of the long stripes will be painted red.
While the paint is drying, cut stars out of the white construction paper. We have nine stars on our flag.
When the paint is dry, glue the stars onto the short blue stripes.
Thread a needle with fishing line.
Use the fishing line to connect each of the small blue stripes to one of the medium sized or shorter stripes. Then connect the blue stripes to the red hanger with fishing line.
Next use fishing line to connect the longer stripes to the coat hanger.
Make sure the stripes will have enough room to spin.
Hang your mobile up and watch it spin.
I hope you like our tribute Old Glory!
If you are looking for patriotic crafts and fun, you may want to check out my Summer Crafts and Fun Pinterest board .
Here are some other patriotic crafts I have shared here on my blog:
There are so many patriotic holidays coming up this summer. I thought it would be a good time to share some crafts for kids that feature the American flag. We have done several here on this blog and a few as guest posts for other blogs.
Before I share some of my previous American flag ideas, let me share one that we just did at our house. We are calling it the Painted American Flag.
We started by painting streaky white stripes onto a red piece of paper with a bristle brush. I confess that I had to look up a picture of American flag online to make sure that we painted the stripes in the right order. I honestly couldn’t remember the order of the red and white stripes.
Then we cut out rectangles blue construction paper for the field of blue. I didn’t need to look up where to put the blue field on our crafts for kids.With the blue field glue onto our painted stripes we were ready to move onto the stars.
Painting stars that look like stars would have been really tricky for both of us. I wanted our stars to look stars. We used a small star cookie cutter as a stencil for our stars. We moved to smaller paint brush to insure that we would be able to get into the tight corners of the cookie cutter.
It would not of have been possible to put all fifty stars on to the blue paper. We ended up with a much smaller number of stars on our flags, but I think you can still easily see that our crafts for kids are American flags.
One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots talks about our country and government in a way young readers will understand.
Sweet Land of Liberty (Ellis the Elephant) is wonderful book about an Elephant who wants to learn about America’s history while on a visit to the library.
The Story of America’s Birthday is a simple board book talks about America is simple words and pictures.
The Story of the Star Spangled Banner is a simple board book by the same author as The Story of America’s Birthday. It highlights the beginning of the song the Star Spangled Banner and about our flag.
The Pledge of Allegiance has been in my book collection since I was a classroom teacher. The book shared the song The Pledge of Allegiance and has beautiful photos from around the United States that illustrate various parts of the song.
Our American Flag (American Symbols) shares the various versions of our flag from its first design to our present design.
O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, And Important Words shares many of the symbols and landmarks that the United States are known for.
Fourth of July Mice! is the story of a mouse family had how they celebrate the traditions associated with the 4th of July.
Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! is the tale of what a little girl sees as she rides her bike around town during the 4th of July.
Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck explains how while trying to pick up a garbage in a truck she has never driven before Grandma ends up in the 4th of July parade.
Many of these books discuss 4th of July traditions or American landmarks. I think the 4th of July is a great time to share with your children the traditions and heritage tied to this wonderful holiday.
As predicted, JDaniel loved the fruits! He did surprise me by saying the tortilla had to be saved for later. It was too much!The flag tortilla disappeared at breakfast the next morning.
Last week I shared an Edible Olympic Torch on the Kid’s Activities Blog. I thought you might enjoy seeing a glimpse of it here. If you would like more information about it, please head over to the Kid’s Activities Blog.