We’ve been focusing a lot on the upcoming 4th of July holiday, and both QBoy and XGirl have taken a particular interest in the American flag. When we are out and about, they constantly point out the American flags they see. So of course, it was only natural that we make our own! To make this a unique art project with a sensory component, I decided to have my kids do a sticky paper American flag.
Note: For more 4th of July activities and printables, see my 4th of July activities page.
To do this sticky paper American flag craft, I first printed a simplified version of the American flag (which you can download here).
I added pieces of double sided tape to each corner of the flag.
Then I cut out a piece of clear contact paper to match the size of the flag.
I pressed the clear contact paper down onto the tape so it would adhere to the image of the flag. Note that the clear contact paper was laid so that the backing was facing up. Thus, when I removed the backing the sticky side would be up.
Finally, I gathered our tissue paper squares so the kids could begin creating their own flag.
XGirl started with the stars.
QBoy started with the stripes.
This activity provided a great opportunity to develop fine motor skills.
And it also provided a great opportunity to talk about the colors of the flag and the various aspects of the flag.
XGirl ran out of steam while creating her flag, so she only ended up with stars and red stripes. I like to call her creation more of an abstract take on the American flag. 🙂
QBoy worked diligently on his flag until he had it all filled in, and it turned out beautifully!
More 4th of July resources
More 4th of July posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about the American flag
- 4th of July Montessori activities
- Fireworks in a jar
- 4th of July sensory bin
- 4th of July Printables Pack
- 4th of July do-a-dot printables
- 4th of July Bingo
- 4th of July Sudoku
- American flag printables
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