On the Fourth of July each year Americans gather to have parades, cookouts, and watch fireworks to celebrate America’s freedom and independence. Celebrate July 4th this year by creating this fun American flag craft and bookmark!
American Flag Craft
- Red, Green, Black and Blue colored cardstock or construction paper
- Plate or palette
- White paper
- Pen or thin marker
- Colored Pencils
- Glue stick
- Hole punch
Put small amounts of paint on a plate or palette. On your black piece of paper paint lots of dots using Q-tips to look like sparkly fireworks! I like to mix white with my colors to make them pop off the black page even more! Create about 5 big fireworks to fill your sky. Set aside to dry.
On a regular piece of white paper, draw the American flag on a pole. You can have it waving like this one, or straight. Remember that the flag has 50 stars on a blue square background, and 13 red and white stripes (the first and last stripe are always red). I like to draw with pencil first and then outline my drawing with a black pen or thin black marker. Try drawing the flag yourself, but if it is too tricky, you can print out this template instead. Color in the flag using colored pencils.
Tear a green piece of paper to look like a hill and glue it at the bottom of your black paper. Cut out your American flag and glue it on top! Now you are ready to celebrate the 4th of July!
Create a 4th of July bookmark! Print out this bookmark template and color in the American flag. Cut out both rectangles. Cut out a blue and red piece of paper to 8.5 x 3.25 inches. Glue the red and blue pieces of paper together and then glue the flag on one side and the July 4th facts on the other. Punch a hole in the top and tie some ribbon in the hole to create a tassel. Sit outside and read a book this summer with your new bookmark!
Read a Fourth of July Book
Here are some of our favorites:
- The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
- Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts
- The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain
- The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George
- Ben’s Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts
- For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those Who Shaped Our Nation by Marilyn Boyer
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Tom Jefferson: Third President of the United States by Helen Albee Monsell
- Heroes of History: Benjamin Franklin by Janet and Geoff Benge
- Crispus Attucks: Black Leader of Colonial Patriots by Dharathula H. Millender
- Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes
- Abigail Adams: First Lady of Faith and Courage by Evelyn Witter
Watch this video about “The First Fourth of July” to help your kids understand the significance of the Declaration of Independence:
We hope you and your family have a very Happy Independence Day! If you make a Fourth of July craft, we’d love for you to share it with us. Tag us on social media at @homeschoolcompass or use the hashtag #homeschoolcompass. We can’t wait to see what you create!
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