Guest blogger Toni Gallagher offers step-by-step instructions for this creative flag art project:
Materials: White paper, blue paper, children's scissors, red and white poster paint, a paper plate, glue stick, potatoes and a sharp knife (which should be used only by an adult).
Instructions: First, find a space outside to set up all the materials. (This project may get a little messy, and red paint on your coffee table is never good.)
|1) Have your kids cut (with safe scissors) the blue paper into random shapes. Leftover scraps will always do. Place them in a plastic cup as they're being cut to keep them from blowing away.|
|2) Cut the potato in half with a sharp knife. Carefully cut a star on one half of the potato and a rectangle on the other half.|
|3) Draw a box in the top left corner of the white piece of paper (so your child can fill in the square/rectangle with the blue cut pieces of paper, sticking them down with a glue stick). This does not have to be neat; layering is good.|
|4) Put the red paint in a tray or on a paper plate. Then take the rectangular-shaped potato and dip it in the paint. This will be used to make the red stripes on your flag.|
|5) Put the white paint in a tray and dip the star-shaped potato into it. Let your child print as many stars as they'd like in the blue box. This is a representation of the American flag and does not need to be totally realistic.|
When I stepped back and stopped guiding my 5-year-old, it unleashed a whole new layer of creativity. She carried on with this picture and added glitter and some magazine cuttings. I love doing arts and crafts with children. I find they are far less structured in their approach and come up with some really inspiring creations. Remember: There is no right or wrong; just have fun!