I have used variations of this American flag craft for several years with my therapy kiddos. It’s easy to adapt to target specific skills for a variety of developmental levels. You can certainly use bits and pieces of each option to create the perfect challenge for your kiddo!
- Red, white and blue paper
- A craft stick
- Star hole punch (optional)
- Writing utensil
This first option targets lots of cutting skills including straight lines to cut the stripes and sharp corners to cut out the rectangles. The single star hole punch is great to strengthen small hands. Mine is really old, but they are currently available at Michael’s craft stores. You could also use star stickers, poms, or whatever you have on hand in place of the stars. The child can prep as many of the pieces as appropriate, then assemble them to make the flag.
I typically use some version of this option for my toddlers or older kids at that developmental level.
- A craft stick
- Red and blue paper
- Glue Stick
- Chalk (or white crayon)
- White paint
I have all the pieces ready and have them practice pasting the smaller blue paper onto the larger red paper. Then, they can work on drawing horizontal writing strokes to make the strips on the flag.
I like using little fingers dipped in paint to make dots to serve as the “stars” on the flag!
This third option is perfect for kids working on coloring within a boundary. Coloring between lines is a skill often assessed on developmental tests. It works on fine motor control which is required for writing – especially when they start writing letters between two lines!
- White paper
- Red and blue crayons
- Craft stick
- Rice (optional for “stars”)
Coloring in the stripes and the blue rectangle is hard work for little hands!
Lastly, put small dots of glue and sprinkle the rice (if using) to cover the glue. Shake off the excess and ta-da!
I hope you get to use one of these options with the little people in your life. Happy Independence Day, everyone!