Kiddo Krafts:: Thumb Print American Flag

Yesterday afternoon things were getting a little boring, so I decided to break out three flat panel canvases and some leftover paint from our craft closet.  I thought it would be fun for Brody to make an American flag with his thumb prints in honor of the Fourth of July coming up in just a couple of weeks.  We started with the blue, covering an entire rectangular area with blue thumb prints.  While we waited for the blue to dry, we dabbed his thumbs in the red paint and made 7 red stripes, leaving the white canvas as it was to reveal the 6 white stripes.  By the time we finished the red stripes, the blue was dry.  We dabbed his little thumb in the white paint and made 50 white thumb print "stars."

It was a great time to talk about the Fourth of July {in preschool terms, of course}, learn the colors of the American flag, and count the stars and stripes on the flag.  All-in-all it turned out to be a great activity for the both of us.  And now I have some patriotic decor for our breakfast nook!  

This activity could easily be simplified by using only one canvas or just a piece of white card stock. I only used the three canvases because it fit where I had already placed nails for Brody's fabric silhouette

Have you made anything with your kiddos for the Fourth of July? I'd love to see them!

The Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional        One Artsy Mama


  1. That is the coolest thing! And what a great keepsake to remember him at that age!

  2. Aww, way cute! Thanks for linking this up at The Fun In Functional!

  3. Super cute!!! :) Sometimes those spur of the moment projects are the best! What a great idea! I'd love to have you link this up on my Patriotic Link-Up Party going on till July 4th!

  4. Cute! As was already mentioned, love the spur of the moment ideas. Sometmes, they are the best. Coming to you from the craft blog hop.

  5. What a wonderful activity for toddlers. I will have to remember this when my little one is that age. Thanks for linking up.


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