AMERICAN FLAG PICTURES
For each of your children, glue or tape a small American flag
party pick onto a piece of construction paper. (Or attach
an American flag sticker.) Set out crayons or markers. Then
invite the children to draw pictures on their papers that
incorporate the flags. Use their pictures to make a wall or
bulletin board display, if you wish.
Cut felt into rectangles about 6 by 9 inches each. Set
out collage materials, such as felt and fabric scraps,
yarn, ribbon, lace pieces, and rickrack. Invite your children
to choose felt rectangles and glue on the collage materials
any way they wish to create personal flags. When they
have finished, staple each flag to a paper towel tube
for a handle.
From various colors of construction paper, cut out squares,
rectangles, and triangles to use as flags. Divide a large piece
of paper into three sections and draw a set of flagpoles in
each one. Label one section with a square, one with a rectangle,
and one with a triangle. Then let your children work together
to glue the "shape flags" on the flagpoles in the
Make ten flags by stapling or taping small index cards
to craft sticks or drinking straws. Decorate the flags
in one of the ways below and let your children use them
for a matching game.
|Number Flags: Draw numerals
from 1 to 5 on five of the flags and sets of matching
numbered dots or stars on the other five flags.
| Color Flags: Draw five
different colored circles on five of the flags and matching
colored circles on the other five flags.
| Picture Flags: Attach
five different picture stickers to five of the flags and
matching picture stickers to the other five flags.
| Display an American flag or a picture of one. Talk
with your children about the flag's colors. Together,
count the stripes and the stars. Explain that the 13 stripes
represent the original 13 states and that the 50 stars
represent the present number of states in the United States
| Show a picture of your state flag and talk about the
symbols on it. Have your children ever seen your state
flag on display? If so, where?
|Explore pictures of flags that belong to other countries.
Talk about their colors and symbols.
|Help the children create a flag for your group, and
display it in the room.
|FLAGS IN THE
Give your children scarves to use for flags. Play music
and invite them to dance around the room, waving their
scarf flags in the air. Vary the tempo of the music to
represent winds ranging from gentle breezes to stormy
WAVE, WAVE, WAVE OUR FLAGS
Tune: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Wave, wave, wave our flags,
Invite your children to wave their Personal Flags, above,
as they sing and march around the room.
Wave them oh, so high.
Wave our colors back and forth
As we go marching by.
Let your children use one of these ideas to turn crackers
into "flags." Use thin celery sticks for flagpoles.
| Spread softened cream cheese on square
or triangular crackers. Add grated carrot or bell pepper
strips for decorations.
| Cover graham crackers with peanut
butter. Decorate with raisins, nuts, or strips of fruit