Flag inspired easel paintings for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is a wonderful time to explore the American flag and that is just what we did with this simple but beautiful easel painting process..

We spent the morning exploring flags and reading about flags and as a follow-up, I thought the children might find a little flag painting inspiration if I added a flag to the easel…

I added red, white, and blue easel paint colors to the easel as well….

Our flag inspired easel paintings took on all different interpretations.  Having the flag hanging on the easel really gave the children a good visual to consider as they painted their pictures.  I didn’t even have to say something like, “I would like everyone to paint a flag today!” Just having the flag there was all the inspiration they needed…

Although the inspiration of this painting clearly started with the flag, it eventually took on a life of its own as our little artist took the liberty to use her own creative expression in the process….

Although most of the children naturally started out painting stripes, not every child chose to do that…

A super simple idea to add a little Fourth of July inspiration to the easel!


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Exploring our flag for Fourth of July in preschool

In celebration of Fourth of July, we had a little discussion on taking care of our flags and then we did a little practice trying to fold them too…

We talked about why the flag should not touch the ground. This brought up words like respect, symbol, and freedom…

Then we all took turns learning how to fold the flag

We worked together in pairs to fold the flags…

And we learned how to fold our flag up into a small triangle shape…

Once the flag was completely folded, our friends opened their hands – palms up – and we handed off the flag for someone new to try…

A terrific book to read and sing along with this flag folding activity is Red, White and Blue by Debbie Clement

 

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Who made the American Flag? by Wonderopolis

 

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By | July 2nd, 2011|Categories: Fourth of July, Holiday Ideas|Tags: , , , |10 Comments