First up is the tools. You only need three things to get this job done, and you could probably get by without the brushes if you and your kids are willing to get a little messy.
Paint, in red and blue (Make sure you use a fabric paint, not a washable paint.)
Brushes (Unless you want to make it a finger painting party)
And don't forget to grab your cute kiddos!
Once you have all of your tools, pour your paint and get started. I painted my son's hand for him, and then helped him press his hand flat onto the t-shirt.
My little boy is only one, so he got a good hand washing and was off to play with toys after the hand print. If your kids are older they can definitely stay involved for the next part. I used the same paint brush/sponges pictured and painted red stripes across the shirt. I kept adding stripes until I thought the shirt looked nice and complete.
This activity was really simple for my son and me to accomplish. It probably took five minutes and was a great sensory experience for him. If your children are old enough to finger paint the stripes they will have even more of a sensory experience. For children old enough to paint lines, with fingers or brushes, they will be working on their fine motor skills.
If your children are a little older than mine, this can be a great opportunity to talk about what the different colors and symbols on the flag represent. Red is for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The actual flag has 13 stripes, representing the 13 colonies that originally made up the United States; it also has 50 stars, one for each state in the United States. For more information on the history of the flag you can visit PBS's website.
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