4th of July Preschool Art

We had our children do this for the first anniversary of 9/11.

Use red and white strips of construction paper for the flag. Have the children cut these then glues on to a blue sheet of paper. Take a picture of each child with a digital camera. Where the stars would go, place this picture. Have them dictate to you why they are proud to be an American (or in America). Anything they say goes. Have this printed either on the digital picture or beside the flag. Display proudly in the room!

Hand Made Flag
This can either group project or made for each child. Use any flag design you want but instead of placing star stickers or stamped stars, dip child’s hand in white paint and use this for the stars. It’s cute and let’s the children see how each of their hands are different! Add glitter if you wish .

I have done this project for 6 years with children aging 2-5 years old. We create a large flag by using our handprints for stars (I use white paint on blue paper). I then measure out the stripes on a large sheet of white butcher paper. I have the children step in red paint and then walk across the paper to create our stripes. The children love it!

Parade Batons

You need:
1. red, white and blue ribbon
2.The cardboard roll from the bottom part of a cleaners’ hanger (the part where you would rest a pair of slacks) 3.scotch tape 4.silver star stickers

Decorate your cardboard roll w/ stickers and at the end of the roll tape the different ribbons, and let them twirl around the room with them. Girls, especially love them!

Materials needed: sponges, various colors of paint, black paper, and glitter.
Cut sponges into 1″ pieces. Let the children dip the sponge piece in paint and drop it onto black paper on the ground or floor. While still wet, sprinkle glitter on the paint. It looks like fireworks.

My 2 year old class loved this!

Fold black construction paper in half. Open it. On 1 half of paper use white school glue and have child make lines, squiggles, ect. Sprinkle with glitter and fold shut. Press then open. Instant fireworks for our bulletin. Let dry and teacher can spray with hairspray to help keep glitter from flaking off.

Make “Yankee Doodle Noodle” necklaces! Dye elbow macaroni red and blue (leave some plain for “white”) and have the children string them onto yarn. The easiest way to dye noodles is to use a cup of hot water, a splash of vinegar, and drops food of coloring. (Add More food coloring to make the color more intense)



  • Kathy January 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Decorate oatmeal boxes for use as percussion instruments. Read a preschool July 4th book, or a parade themed book (Pippa at the Parade is a good preschool example). Then stage your own preschool parade.

  • daym June 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Pom Pom Fireworks

    This is sooooooooooooooo easy and fun.

    You will need spring clothespins, pom poms, paper, and paint.

    Attach a pom pom to a clothespin. Dip the pom pom in paint. Splatter away!!

    Use different sizes of pom poms to see what different kinds of fireworks you can create!

  • meme June 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I like to make handprint flags with my class. it’s so easy, too!! It’s a two day process.

    Day 1: Each child will receive a large white piece of paper. Have them dip their hand in blue paint and stamp it in the upper left corner (the stars). Let dry.

    Day 2: Let the children paint red stripes on the paper. Let dry.

    Voila!!!! A cool flag!! You could do this for all the Patriotic Days.

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