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Saturday, March 11, 2017
USA Flag Craft Tutorial
Do you know the standard dimensions for the US flag? I certainly didn't until I looked them up! This craft doesn't use exact dimensions - I've designed this with elementary teachers and students in mind - but it is close. For each flag project, you will need:
- 1 blue rectangle 4.75" x 5.5"
- 3 red strips 12" x .75"
- 4 red stips .75" x 7"
- white chalk
I've made this flag craft with 20+ first graders working at the same time, but you need to judge your students and how well they'll follow directions. Your students will need to know how to draw a five pointed star in order to put the stars on their flags. I like to read Eric Carle's Draw Me A Star to my class, and then use the tutorial in the book to teach them how to draw their own stars. His star has 8 points - but you can easily modify it for 5!
- Lay your white rectangle on your work surface landscape style.
- Glue on one of the short red strips into the top right corner as shown below.
- Position the blue rectangle landscape style in the top left corner, but DO NOT GLUE IT.
- Use the blue rectangle as a guide, and glue another short red strip horizontally, even with the bottom of the blue rectangle.
You now have 13 red and white stripes, which represent the original 13 colonies.
There are 50 stars on the flag, representing 50 states. It's hard to just draw and count that many stars, unless you break it down into simple steps. If you look carefully at a US flag, you'll see there are 5 rows with 6 stars each, alternating with 4 rows with 5 stars each. We'll draw the rows of 6 first.
- Get your piece of white chalk. In the center of your blue rectangle, draw a row of 6 tiny stars, spreading them across the available space.