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Flag Finger Painting Craft

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Lately, I’ve been finding some great unconventional uses for painter’s tape.  Last week, when we were at camp (in a cabin), I used to to label drawers so we would know who’s clothes are wear.   I’ve used it to tape down newspaper for craft projects, and today, we’re going to use it as a key part of this American flag project (perfect for the 4th of July!)

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Painters Tape
  • White construction paper
  • Newspaper or other scrap paper
  • Red Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Star stickers
What You Do: 
Getting Ready!
I used crayola WASHABLE tempera paint and it worked great, but I’m sure any kids paint will do.

Tape the white construction paper onto the newspaper as shown.  However, just use one stripe to secure it to the newspaper.  I found later that if you don’t go clear to the end of the paper with the painter’s tape, it pulls up better, meaning less tears on your finished flag.

Let your little one paint away.  The two year olds I was working with seemed to really like trying to paint stripes.

Of course, there comes a point (in every painting project!) where it’s so much more fun to paint your body than that boring piece of paper!

Oh boy!

After the stripes are all painted in, allow the project to dry for about 20-30 minutes.

The, CAREFULLY pull up the painter’s tape.  It will take the top “layer” of paper off, but that’s okay!

I found if you pull back at an angle, the paper tears less.

Even if the project does tear a little, I think it adds to the “rustic” look of the flag.

After you’re all done removing the painter’s tape, glue on a square of blue construction paper in the corner.

Put star stickers on just like in this project and you’re done!

Happy Fourth of July!!

About the Author

Lindsey Whitney is a mom of two, home day care provider, and blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry.  Growing Kids Ministry is a blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith. You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook!

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