Ducks 'n a Row: American Flag Craft for Preschoolers

18 September 2014

American Flag Craft for Preschoolers

Each new school year, on the first day of school, I teach my preschoolers the Pledge of Allegiance. Most of them come in knowing the US flag. They either call it "the flag" or blurt out "America" when I ask them what it is.  (So far no one has said "Play Ball!!!" but it's coming, I just know it.) 
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Patriotism is not nearly as popular today as it was when I was a little girl. I am glad to be an American. If I had been born in the UK or Canada or Australia or wherever, I'd be proud of that country but I was born here and it makes me glad. 

So, the three things I teach my students above all are 1) how to pray 2) the Pledge of Allegiance and 3)  the all-important "how to cut with scissors"-- inspiring huh? Of course, we learn to take turns, to be kind, the ABC's etc but those are my top three.

To support our lesson, we did a simple craft: the American Flag.
My students are 3 and 4 years old. Glue sticks and following directions are brand new to them, so I made this first project very simple. 

Each child was given an outline of the flag (link below) and three pre-cut red stripes plus one blue rectangle. Their task was to glue the stripes and rectangle on the paper using a glue stick. Then we adults put little dots of Elmer's glue on the field of blue and they placed Cheerios cereal to be the stars. Stars and stripes -- The American Flag!  

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Only one student ate her Cheerios. When I showed up at her seat, I looked all over and playfully said, "Arista? Did I forget to give you Cheerios?"  Impish grin. "Did you EAT your Cheerios?" Impish grin again. "Just a minute, I'll get you some more." Cuter than cute.

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