JJ is quite fond of our beloved flag, and has had one masking-taped to her bedroom door for a few months now. So I thought it might be fun to create a preschool-friendly version of an Australian flag as a fun craft activity in the lead up to Australia Day next week.
- blue construction paper (which slightly thicker and sturdier than normal printer paper)
- red and white striped decorative tape (aka washi tape)
- kids clear-drying liquid glue
- silver glitter shaker
- three sizes of Mummy-made star stencils
- a bowl and paintbrush
I cut the star stencils out of thin cardboard. Make sure that the two largest stars have seven points, and the smallest star has five points.
Because this was a product-oriented craft, I made one before hand for JJ to copy from. I’ve learned from experience that this saves us from having a mid-craft meltdown. (She doesn’t like to be told or shown how to do something. Having something to copy from still allows her to do her version “all by herself” without verbal instructions from me).
Here was my example.
And here is JJ making her own. She did ask for some help: I cut the pieces of tape, and I positioned and held the stencils down while she glued, but otherwise she did it on her own.
She used lots and lots of glue! Sprinkling the glitter was the hardest bit for her. She finds it hard to judge how hard and high to shake, without hitting the paper. She previously struggled with this when we decorated Christmas baubles as well. I’ll have to plan more glitter crafts so she can practise some more.
While she crafted, we talked about how the bit in the top left is called the Union Jack which is England’s flag, and that Jack starts with the same special letter as JJ. We talked about how all the lines of the Union Jack cross in the middle, and JJ said it looked like a star. We counted the stars, and also counted the points on each star. I told her that the seven pointed star is called the Federation Star.
Here is JJ (3.5 years old) with her finished Australian Flag, just waiting for the glue to dry. Doesn’t she look proud as punch!
For more Aussie craft ideas, you might like to check out our Australian activities archives page – we’re adding new ideas here all the time.
Here are some other fun Australian ideas from some of my Aussie blogging friends, that you might like to check out too:
- How to make Cockatoo Pencil Tinsfrom The Craft Train.
- Aussie scented rice for sensory play fun from Laughing Kids Learn.
- How to host a rockin’ Possum Magic themed party, from My Little Bookcase.
- Mini lamington cupcake recipe that kids can help make, from Childhood 101.
- Australia flag puzzle by Adventures at home with Mum.
- Little Lamington Creature Treats by My Little Bookcase.
- Books About Australia by My Little Bookcase.
- Free printable Possum Magic Pavlova Mat by My Little Bookcase.
- Bush Critters by The Craft Train.
I also regularly pin Aussie activities on my Australia for Kids Pinterest page.
And a big happy Australia Day for the 26th Jan!
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