In this activity the children will learn
about a United States patriotic holiday and have
fun creating a useful and practical gift: Easy Shapes
Patriotic USA Flag Note or Photo Holder Flag
This activity and craft is suitable for all USA patriotic theme holidays.
Activity: History and Traditions of the Holiday
Ages 2 to 6:
1. Share some simple facts about the holiday celebrated.
2. Parents: Share and explain how your family celebrates
the holiday and what traditions are observed.Examples: Special dinners, family get-togethers, gift
giving, going to see fireworks, reading a book related to the
holiday, going to see a parade, visiting Grandparents, what special
foods are prepared on that day, what are the special colors for the
3. Educators can share how the community in general celebrates
Activity: Craft - Easy Shapes Post-it Note Holder Flag -
Ages 2+ (with help)
Young children can enjoy and also practice some important skills by making
this craft and gift that will but a smile on the recipient's
face. The Post-it Note Holder Flag is designed to be used for
various holidays and occasions. Adjust colors and related materials to
reflect the holiday.
This craft activity will help
children learn about colors, shapes, about the images in the card
and about the holiday.
*The children will learn how fascinating it is to create a special
gift using shapes and a variety of materials.
* Let's call this technique
"layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer
them to form another image or landscape. Go to the links and
print a template of your choice.
Note for all templates:
The smiley face templates can be replaced by a real photo of family
members: child, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or other recipient.
Add a poem or greeting in the back of the note holder.
Method 1:For Black & White Template
1. Print the template directly on white
sturdy paper, card stock or construction paper, or print on regular
paper and glue to thin card board up to the fold line at the top.
Trace onto patriotic design wrapping paper.
2. Child can color and decorate directly on the
template, then cut and layer/assemble. Note: Circles with
smiley face features have been provided in the template, but you can use
the opposite side so older children can make the face features or
replace with real photo.
3. Once the flag is assembled and decorated, (adult
assistance) fold the upper edge of the flag on the dotted
4. Lay out a piece string, yarn or ribbon (about 2 feet)
inside the fold, glue the edge without gluing the string.
Optional: To reinforce it, you can glue craft sticks inside
the fold and tie the string to the edges of the sticks. Tie a
knot, affix 1/2 of a post it note pack, a photo or child's drawing on the square
dotted area on the flag and it is ready!
Method 2: For Black & White Template
1. Print the template of your choice and cut out the
pieces. Then use the templates to trace unto construction
paper, colored paper, scraps of wrapping paper, scraps of or fun
foam. Proceed with the same steps above.
Read suggestions below for different age groups:
Children 2 to 3 years:
The youngest child can participate in this craft creation. All the pieces should be cut out and ready to
assemble and color. Add a few drops of glue or use glue stick
to desired locations and guide child through the process and show
the small finished picture included in the template.
Make sure to identify and discuss the colors used, shape and the images of and other items in the card templates (if applicable).
Children 3+ and older:
Older children can add and decorate the plain colored pieces
in the template first with glitter, paint: brush strokes, sponging, cotton ball
dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue paper, scraps of fabric to make
collage or a patchwork effect, beads etc. , and then proceed to cut out the
pieces and layer the pieces as suggested in the small image on
Additional decorations ideas:
*Add USA holiday related stickers or used mailing stamps
Places to hang the note holder flag:
1) Next to telephone
2) Tool Shed or Tool Area/Closet
3) Home office or at place of work
4) Gym locker
5) Refrigerator door
6) Anyplace where a note holder is needed.
Activity > Alphabet
> F is for Flag lesson plan
Activity > Patriotic Online Puzzles and
Enjoy these online puzzles and links to matching coloring page. These are suitable for young
children. The default puzzle is six pieces and adaptable to more
After completing the craft below visit these two fun Fourth of July
States Flag & Bald Eagle
States Flag & Statue of Liberty
Letter F Flag featuring United
Craft Note or Photo Holder
U.S.A. Patriotic colors
*construction paper or card stock, white or coordinating colors
glue or glue stick
* 2' feet of string, thin ribbon or yarn
A variety of materials as described in the instructions.