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American Flag Crafts and Activities


Progressive Flag Mining Game
Place the American flag in a bucket of sand.
Place the American flag in a bucket of sand.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The Progressive Mining Flag Game is a fun way to teach kids about the American flag's history. Play a unique version of this popular Victorian game. This game requires a steady hand while playing.

How to Make the Progressive Flag Mining Game

What You'll Need:

  • Small Containers
  • Sand
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Glue
  • Plastic Straws
  • Empty Cups or Bowls

Step One: To make the game, fill small containers with sand. These are known as "mines."

Step Two: Cut a 4 x 3-inch square of paper for each of the mines. On each square, draw one of the different stages of the American flag, beginning with the original design, up to our present-day flag.

The Colonial flag was the first American flag.
The Colonial flag was the first American flag.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step Three: Glue the end of each paper flag to a wooden skewer, and when the glue dries, stick a flag into each of the mines.

Give different teams different versions of the American flag.
Give different teams different versions of the American flag.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step Four: Cut a little off the end of each straw (one for each player) to make a shovel shape. For every 2 players there must be 1 mine.

Step Five: Players then take turns using the plastic straws to remove a bit of sand and placing it in an empty cup or bowl. Whichever team makes the flag fall while removing sand loses the game.

See who can dig the flag out of the sand the fastest.
See who can dig the flag out of the sand the fastest.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Encourage your kids to express how they feel about freedom by performing a Free-Form Freedom Rap. Read about it on the next page.

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