Today, June 14th , is Flag Day! This week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week” and celebrates the United States adoption of our country’s strips and stars in 1777 as well as the formation of the United States Army in 1775. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Today, we celebrate this patriotic day by raising our American flag, throwing parades, and creating red, white and blue crafts! Have your kids create their very own personalized flag to celebrate! It’s a simple but unique craft and a fun way to start off the summer break.
You will need:
• red, white and blue paint
• blue construction paper
• paint brushes
• Popsicle stick
• small star stickers
• glue stick
• scissors/paper cutter
• hole punch
• thin ribbon in red, white, or blue
What to do:
1. Paint the palm of your child’s hand blue and the fingers (not the thumb) red and white alternately (as shown in the photo).
2. Place your child’s hand, palm and fingers down, onto the construction paper and let dry.
3. Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut the construction paper to fit the handprint.
4. Have your child help you apply mini star stickers to the palm area. You can also just draw stars with crayons or markers.
5. Using a glue stick, have them apply glue to the top half of the Popsicle stick (leaving room for little hands to grab the flag (as seen in the photo below).
6. Punch a hole in the upper left corner of the flag, and string whatever combo of the thin ribbon you wish. Tie the ribbon off and you are ready to celebrate!
Celebrate our vast, amazing country this week and fly your flag high! Check for parades and events at your local parks and community centers and don’t forget to be Chipper! 🙂