Memorial Day Preschool Activity {American Flag}

We had a lot of fun making this flag together. As we worked together I worked into the conversation why there are 13 stripes, why the colors red, white & blue (White signifies purity and innocence, Red’s meaning is hardiness & valor and Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice) and why 50 stars. I think he was intrigued at least.

We used the following materials:

  • A white piece of cardboard (you could use construction paper, card stock or poster board too)
  • A blue piece of construction paper
  • White finger paint
  • Red glitter (in our case we used orange because we were out of red, darn Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day)
  • Glue
  • A small brush
  • Painter’s Tape


I cut out a blue square and pulled out a picture of an American Flag. I asked my son to identify where the blue square goes on the flag, and he did.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity

Then he squeezed glue on the blue square.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 1

He placed the blue square on the white cardboard/flag.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 2

I placed white painter’s tape to act as white stripes and to protect the stripes from glue and glitter. You could also scribble in the stripes with white crayon.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 3

Then we squeezed glue onto the flag. Originally I only squeezed where the red stripes we to go and neatly spread the glue down the line.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 4

I decided that approach wasn’t much fun so we squeezed glue all over the flag and smeared it with our hands.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 5

Then the really fun part. Glitter! We shook glitter all over the flag so that the glue on the “red stripes” would catch the red glitter.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 8

Okay, this part was pretty fun too. Finger Paint! We used white finger paint to dot our stars onto the blue square.
Preschool American Flag Memorial Day Activity 7

Then the really hard part: giving our flag time to dry before peeling off the painter’s tape…

American Flag Memorial Day Preschool Activity

…but it was totally worth it.

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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


  1. Jennifer Wolf says

    I just wanted to say that this is a great idea! My son’s only 2, but we will definitely try this on Monday!

  2. says

    What a cute idea! I was looking at patriotic craft projects and ran across this one. Glitter is SO messy but such fun for little ones!

      • says

        I got a “glitter set” a couple Christmases ago at Hobby Lobby It included a tiny funnel. So when I tap off the excess, i do it over a piece of cardstock I’ve already put a folded crease down the middle of. Then I put the funnel into the glitter bottle top, and carefully tap until all the glitter goes down the little funnel. It sometimes gets clogged and I use a toothpick to clear it.

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