DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Flag Day in the United States

contributed by Leanne Guenther

DLTK's Flag Day section includes printable templates for children's American Flag Day crafts, coloring, tracer pages and other activities for preschool, kindergarten and grade school kids.

About Flag Day:

original American flagOn June 14th, 1777 the American Flag was born!  Congress passed a resolution on that day to give the young country it's own flag.  It didn't look quite the way it looks today -- it still had the stars and stripes, but there were only thirteen stars in a circle (to represent each of the thirteen original states.

Initially, they thought they should make the stars six pointed one because that's the way the men could figure out how to make a geometric star (two triangles overlapping each other).  Luckily Betsy Ross, an experience seamstress, stepped in to show them how they could easily make five pointed stars.  Yay!  Everyone was happy and the flag was born.

US flag from 1795In 1795, a new flag was adopted with 15 stars -- two more states in the union, Vermont and Kentucky, meant two new stars were added.  They also added two more stripes so the flag had 15 stars and 15 stripes -- gosh, I'm glad they stopped adding stripes for every extra state or the American flag would be VERY hard to draw -- can you imagine a flag with 50 stripes!?  The next flag had 20 stars and went back down to 13 stripes -- from then on, it was decided the number of stars would reflect the number of states in the union while the number of stripes (13) would stay the same in honor of the original thirteen states that existed in George Washington's time.

modern American flag (50 stars)Over the years there have been 28 different flags (always changing to reflect the number of states in the union).

Today, the flag has 50 white stars on a blue background square in the top left corner with thirteen alternating red and white stripes.  This version of the flag was adopted on July 4, 1960 to acknowledge Hawaii's addition as a US state.

American Flag Cake

American Flag Cake

USA jigsaw puzzle 

American Flag On-Line Jigsaw Puzzle

American Flag Printables:
simple flag coloring page

Flag Day Coloring Pages

flag day learn to print coloring page

Flag Day Learn to Print Tracer Pages

American Flag Crafts (Flag Day Crafts)
American flags 

American Flags

Make your own flags with a pencil and printable templates.

candle craft

American Flag Candle Toilet Paper Roll Craft

preschool and kindergarten

coaster craft

American Flag CD Rom Coaster

preschool and kindergarten

American Flag Paper Craft

Any Age

Fourth of July Wreath

American Flag Handprint Wreath

preschoolers and up

american flag mobile

American Flag Mobile

preschool and kindergarten

napkin ring

American Flag Napkin Ring Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Kindergarten and grade school

american party pot craft

American Flag Party Pot Craft

Elementary school and up

(can also use for plants)

fourth of july paper lantern 

American Paper Lantern Craft

shirt craft

Iron on Transfer T-Shirts with a Patriotic Theme

fourth of july bracelet

Red, White and Blue Bracelet

(or make it bigger to act as a crown)

preschool and kindergarten

american flag craft

Safety Pin and Seed Bead American Flag

Age 7+

Scissor Skills Project

Scissor Skills Project

preschoolers and up

craft ideas

Stained Glass Craft

preschool and kindergarten

star cut and fold craft

Star Shape - Fold and Cut Craft

Elementary school and up

Learn about Betsy Ross, George Washington and the 5 point star!

Fourth of July Wreath

USA Patriotic Wreath

Kindergarten and grade school