I'm proud to live in America and to celebrate the freedoms we still have in our country as a democracy. I love that our flag flies proudly on the doorpost of our home in honor of this beautiful land. To celebrate our American flag this 4th of July, Little Bee and I enjoyed this USA flag kid painted canvas art activity. Scroll down to learn how to make your own canvas flag to display on a mantel or kid art area in your home for the holiday.
Flag Canvas Art Materials Needed:
- 14x18 inch Stretched Canvas (I bought a 2 pack from Walmart)
- Painter's Tape
- Red & Blue Finger Paints or Acrylic Paints
- Paintbrush for spreading the color (I bought a set of paintbrushes from IKEA)
- Star Stickers (each star is approximately 1/2 inch diameter)
Step One - Preparing the Canvas
The first step was to cut the painter's tape in half (lengthwise) so that I had 6 stripes taped across the canvas. The painter's taped stripes will end up being the white stripes of the flag. There are a total of 13 stripes on the flag - 6 white and 7 red. I eye-balled the distance between each tape stripe placement. If you would prefer to measure the placement of each tape stripe, the approximate distance between stripes is 1.1 inches. (Please Note: The painter's tape when cut in half is a little less than 1 inch across. So the white stripes will be a bit skinnier than the red stripes. The important thing to remember is that this craft is for kids to learn and have fun. The dimensions of the flag don't have to be 100% accurate.) I also taped a rectangular box in the left hand corner of the canvas.
Step Two - Painting the Red Stripes
The next step is getting the red paint out and letting the child have fun painting all the "white" areas on the canvas. Little Bee took this task seriously and was very careful to paint every white spot on the canvas. He even painted the white sides of the canvas. After the painting of the red stripes was complete, I set the canvas aside to dry for several hours.
Step Three - Painting the Stars
After the red stripes on the canvas were completely dry, I removed the taped rectangular box to reveal the white canvas beneath. It was late at night and Little Bee was asleep, so I didn't have him help me with the counting of the star stickers. Counting all 50 stars would be a fun task for a preschool aged child. I laid the star stickers on the white rectangle in rows of 10. Then I attached the stickers to the canvas and carefully painted a blue line along the edges of the rectangle. A preschool aged child could easily do this step. After the blue lines were painted along the edges, I painted the reminder of the star spangled box blue and let it dry for several hours.
Step Four - Removing the Star Stickers and Painter's Tape
The next morning, Little Bee helped me remove the painter's tape and sticker stars. He enjoyed using his fine motor skills for lifting the edges of the stars and pulling them off the canvas. The end result was a delightful kid painted canvas art USA flag!
This fun canvas art USA flag is proudly displayed on top of our Montessori shelves in the family room. Please visit, 8 Montessori Patriotic Flag Activities to learn about all the activities that are displayed on our shelves. Thanks for your visit and share this post if you loved it. 🙂
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