Flag Day is on June 14th! Come try some of these fun “flagtivities” with your child or class so they can learn more about the glorious history of the American flag! All of the activities are easy enough for the pre-school students. This list includes a variety of activities that are sure to keep the little ones busy – from tasty flag food recipes to fun DIY flag crafts – there is something here for everyone!
1. American Flag Snacks
Not only can you celebrate the American flag in this activity, but it also teaches little ones about eating healthy snacks they can make on their own! This flag theme snack also teaches life skills in the kitchen and works on fine motor skills.
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2. Create a Pledge Booklet
When we learn about the flag, it is also important to learn about the Pledge of Allegiance! Have students create a pledge booklet with adorable images that help them remember the words.
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3. Make a Flag Bracelet
Work on those fine motor skills using beads and pipe cleaners! Students will use patriotic colors – red, white, and blue – to make a flag bracelet! You can extend this activity by adding counting or skipping counting the colors.
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4. Popsicle Stick Flags
Make these popsicle stick flags with your class to help celebrate the date! Students can work with ABA patterns while painting the red and white stripes and use q-tip dots to create stars!
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5. Lego Flag
What child doesn’t like Legos?! Have them build a replica flag using Legos or Duplo blocks. You can discuss the importance of creating 13 stripes and using mini star stickers for the 50 stars.
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6. Play Dough Flag
This play-dough flag activity is sure to be a hit! Have students build their own flag using the dough. You can even work on some math and life skills by having students help you make the dough!
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7. Sing a Song
Teach students a new flag song that is related to Betsy Ross. It is important that students learn about who created our flag. A great way for pre-k students to learn about Miss Ross is through song! This link includes the lyrics, tune, and even chords.
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8. Flag Dot Paint
A quick activity is to create a simple American flag dot paint! Use white card stock, and red and blue dot markers to make students make a flag painting. You can include lines on the card stock to help guide students.
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9. American Flag-inspired Sun Catchers
Looking to do something a bit more artsy and abstract? Teach students how to create these patriotic sun catchers! You can work on cutting skills and motor skills by having students rip small pieces of tissue paper to decorate.
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10. Watch an Educational Video
A cute way to introduce students to Flag Day is by watching Maria explain important facts. She discusses Betsy Ross, George Washington, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the original flag design.
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11. Fizzy Flag
Bring some science into Flag Day with a fizzy flag! Using some basic household ingredients and food coloring, you can have students create a fun flag science experiment.
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12. Flag Yarn Craft
Use a punched paper plate and red and white yarn to have children practice lacing. The white stars can be made with star stickers or with q-tips and white paint, which further helps strengthen their fine motor skills.
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13. Flag Shape Painting
This is a great American flag toddler craft. It uses shape blocks dipped in paint to create a representation of the flag. Have students create patterns using their chosen shapes.
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14. Paint By Numbers Flag
This simple American flag with paint printable uses counting to help color the flag. Students will finger paint over the numbers using the appropriate color.
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15. Conduct a Fun Science Experiment
Use science to create this paper flag! This lesson teaches students two different water science experiments and is easy to do since it used household items! While you teach about each part of the flag, you also get to teach about some science!
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16. Colored Rice Flag
Another fun craft is a colored rice American flag! Have students use white glue to “draw” with rice! An alternative and eco-friendly version of this use to use old cardboard and peanut butter, then hang it outside so the birds can eat it!
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Work on patterns for Flag Day using this geometric star worksheet! PreK students need to understand patterns and you can modify this simple worksheet to practice patterns students need to work on.
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18. Literacy Work
Do some literacy work on flag day by working on alliteration! Perfect for pre-k or grade school kids, this site contains rhymes using alliteration for the /f/ sound.
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19. Discuss the Meaning of the Flag
Teach students about the meaning of the colors, shapes, and numbers of symbols on the flag. Explain the meaning of the fiftieth star and then have students look on a map to color in what state their star represents!
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20. Watch a Puppet Show
Have students watch this adorable puppet teach them about the Pledge. Students can watch the video and practice saying the words along with him.
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21. Flag Paper Strip Craft
There are several shapes on the American flag. This American flag paper strip craft teaches children about shapes and what each shape represents. For example, the stars in the left corner represent the 50 states.
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22. Crepe Paper Flag
Have students create a crepe paper American flag! Use a large sheet of paper and colored crepe or tissue paper and some glue. Simple have students rip tiny pieces of the colored paper and glue them in the shape of the flag!
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23. Flag Necklace
A cute addition to any American flag party are some accessories! This activity uses paper straws and beads to make some festive flag necklaces!
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24. Practice Math Skills
Learn some math and do a puzzle! Have students practice math skills such as counting, skip counting, or patterns using a simple strip flag puzzle!
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25. Read F is for the Flag
During carpet time, read students a book about the flag. “F is for Flag”, by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. The picture book covers the basics of the flag and is perfect for a pre-k read-aloud and easy enough for an elementary school student to read independently.
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26. Teach Flag Etiquette
While learning the Pledge, students also need to learn flag etiquette. Create an anchor chart to hang in your classroom so students remember how to show respect to the flag.
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27. Field Trip
A great way to see your community and celebrate Flag Day is to go on a neighborhood field trip! Walk with students around town and have them complete a scavenger hunt! They should look for the American flag. Make sure to map out your walk first to make sure you see lots of flags!
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28. Practice One-to-One Correspondence
Practice some flag-themed one-to-one correspondence! Use star ice cube trays and puffy dots to practice! These ice trays also make great ten frames for students who are at that level.
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29. Read Poetry
Students love to rhyme! Take some time out on this American holiday to teach them about the flag through poetry! This site includes several short poems that relate to different flag themes.
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30. Coloring Books
This American flag coloring page is perfect for pre-k students to start their Flag Day celebrations! Pair it with the “F is for Flag” read-aloud book for a fun and easy activity!
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