Summer is here! There are so many things to love about summer time! Longer days, fireflies, popsicles, pool time, and one of my favorite holidays, Independence Day! While the seasons may come and go, one thing remains the same for my kids- they LOVE arts and crafts anytime of the year! This easy American Flag 4th of July Craft for Kids is the perfect way to get in the mood for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday!

American flag craft for kids on a red background with a book for elementary students about the american flag in the background.

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U.S. Flag Craft for Kids Supplies:

  • Book – Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag
  • Oil Pastels – red, white, and blue
  • Canvas
  • Ruler

Outside your home you may have an American flag hung with pride! What better compliment to that than creating this American flag art for kids to hang inside your home!

Teaching Kids about the American Flag

I think I get just as excited as my kids do about craft time! I will jump at any opportunity to allow my kids to express themselves through art.

Another added bonus of craft time is that little ones can work on improving their fine motor skills through super easy crafts that involve drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, or coloring!

Crafts provide opportunities for fantastic fun and learning to take place at the same time!

Take advantage of a teachable moment with this US flag craft for kids and talk about the significance of our country’s flag! Read the book Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag to go along with the craft and learn about the history of our flag!

Here are some discussion topics! (or questions to research!)

  • What do the stars and stripes represent?
  • Do you know what the original 13 colonies were?
  • What do the colors red, white, and blue on the flag symbolize?
  • Who made the first American flag?
  • When was the first American flag created?
American Flag Canvas art with a book about the story of the American flag.

How To Make This Patriotic Flag Craft:

Supplies needed for making this US flag craft for kids.


First, use a blue oil pastel to draw the blue rectangle in the top left corner of the blank canvas print. After an outline is drawn color the entire rectangle blue.

American flag art for kids halfway completed on a white background.

Next it is time to draw the stripes! Start with a red stripe at the top.

Depending on how precise you want to be this may be a good opportunity to get a ruler out and practice some measurement skills with your child to equally space out the stripes.

Helpful hint: There are 4 red stripes that connect to the blue rectangle (with 3 white stripes in between).

After you finish the stripes that connect to the rectangle continue to alternate red and white stripes until you have a total of 13 red and white stripes altogether.

Have your little one use their finger to blend the blue oil pastel that colored in the rectangle in the top left corner of the canvas. This will help the white stars to show up better!

White pastel crayon on top of a completed us flag craft for kids.

Draw the white stars on top of the blended blue pastel in the rectangle.

Another helpful hint: There are 9 rows of stars. There are 6 stars in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth rows. There are 5 stars in the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth rows.

Once all the stars are drawn, have your little one blend oil pastel on the red stripes with their finger.

Ta Da!! You have a beautiful American flag canvas to display! Uncle Sam would be proud!

Other Ideas For Fourth Of July Crafts:

Now that you are in the 4th of July mood you may be looking for more crafts to do! There are plenty of easy art projects and American flag crafts for kids that require very little supplies!

  • Use all those left over popsicle sticks from the delicious treats your kids eat! Glue the sticks together, use red, white, and blue paint to create a flag and you have an easy popsicle stick flag!
  • Paint a flower pot or mason jar with patriotic colors and add some red, white, and blue flowers for a festive centerpiece for a picnic or barbecue!
  • Use sidewalk chalk to create drawings of fireworks and American flags on your driveway!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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