Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day for Nannies and Au Pairs

What Are You Doing for Flag Day?

Flag Day recognizes the June day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the official flag of the United States. Flag Day is always June 14th.

The red color symbolizes hardiness and courage, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance and justice. Why thirteen stars and stripes? They represented the thirteen American colonies which rallied around the new flag in their fight against the British for self-governance. The thirteen colonies included Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.

To this day, thirteen stripes still commemorate the original colonies. Instead of thirteen stars, today the number of stars on the US flag has grown to 50, representing every state in the Union.

COLOR IN A FLAG
This is the easiest project for Flag Day we recommend. Simply click here and print out the flag at this link.

DRAW A FLAG
The kids may like to draw their own flag. Click here for an accurate sample of the flag to follow.

PATRIOTIC STARS AND LINES
Attach several red and blue star stickers at random all over a piece of white paper. Invite the child to connect the red stars with red crayon lines and the blue stars with blue crayon lines any way she wishes. Display her finished picture for everyone to admire.

FLAG COUNTING BOOK
Staple together five pieces of paper to make a blank book. Number the pages from 1 to 5. Give the child 15 American flag stickers. Then help him name the numeral on each page and attach a matching number of flags. To complete the book, add a cover with your child's name on it for him to illustrate.

FLAG DISPLAY
Take the child on a walk or ride to look for American flags on display. Count the ones you find and record the number, if you wish. Talk about the ways that the flags are hung. When you return, let the child help you display a flag in a window or in front of their home. Remind him that when handling the flag, it should never be allowed to touch the ground.

DECORATE BIKES AND SCOOTERS
Give the little kids supplies to decorate their bikes for your own personal "Flag Day" parade. Have the kids decorate their bikes and wagons with patriotic crepe paper.

FLAG DAY GAME
This game requires music, and a large, uneven group of players. Players split into two teams: “stars” and “stripes” with one extra player on one team. The music starts, and players dance or run around. When the music stops, each player must pair up with someone from the opposite team, forming a “stars and stripes” pair. The player left without a partner must leave the game. The game continues until there is one pair left, who are declared the winners of this fun Flag Day party game.

2 comments:

Tobago Nanny said...

Thanks for great ideas! I served blueberries, strawberries, and vanilla yogurt for patriotic breakfast. We are wearing red, white, and blue. I asked Dad to dig out his flag. Making that lasagna you described yesterday! Fun!

Reyna said...

We tried your ideas and the parents loved them! (The kids acted like they were too cool to like it but they did)! I bought a frozen lasagna and did it and was fun! You always make learnng fun :)