How to Help Kids Make a Construction Paper American Flag

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Most kids will remember the Fourth of July for the fireworks, but you can also teach them a little bit about the history behind the holiday by helping them make a construction paper American flag.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue Or Glue Sticks
  • Children's Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • White Star Stickers
  • Purchase the necessary materials for all the kids who will participate. For each flag, you'll need an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of white kraft paper, red construction paper, blue construction paper, glue and small white stars.

  • Precut 1-inch-wide strips of red construction paper along the 11-inch side of the paper, if you'll be working with smaller children. You'll need five strips of red paper per completed flag.

  • Cut 3-by-3-inch squares of blue construction paper for each flag.

  • Have the kids glue the red strips of paper onto the white kraft paper parallel with the 11-inch side, leaving a little less than an inch of white space showing in between the strips. To achieve a finished look, make certain that the top strip is aligned with the top or 11-inch edge of the white paper and that the last or bottom strip is aligned with the bottom edge of the paper.

  • Help the kids glue the blue square in the upper left-hand corner of the paper when you're looking at the sheet in landscape (so it's wider than it is tall).

  • Let the kids affix the small white stars to the blue square. You can use stickers or white paper stars that you've precut.

  • Give the flags time to dry, then hang them near your Fourth of July dinner table for a festive decoration.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let older children cut their own strips of red paper, blue squares and white stars. For children under 3, precutting these items is usually better.
  • Try using a glue stick to avoid the mess of liquid glue.
  • Use clip-type clothespins to hang your flags outside if that's where most of your festivities will take place. Hang them on a fence, in a tree or even on the clothesline.
  • Make certain that smaller children are only allowed to use scissors with blunt points and that they're supervised at all times when they're working with scissors.

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