You can’t have a Fourth of July theme without a few star projects! I wanted to incorporate a simple craft trick I have been implementing for years – creating a stencil using painters tape!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Painters Tape Star Painting
Objective: To use painters tape as a star stencil to create a star painting
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, following directions, learning different textures of art mediums
Suggested Reading: The Story of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Patricia A Pingry
Materials: painters tape, white paper, red and/or blue paint, paint palette, any painting tool (we actually used a brand new beauty blender that Maddy found and asked to paint with!) paint palette or paper plate, scissors
While Maddy was napping, I took the time to create a star shape using the painters tape. You could use a template but I just eyeballed it.
Before doing the project, we studied her American flag and discussed the colors we saw, the shapes and counted the stars. We sang the Star Spangled Banner and read the simple board book mentioned above. Since Maddy is only two, we are just learning the basics here but older children can research and study more deeply.
Next up – paint time! Maddy really wanted to use red paint, but I do want to do this project with blue so it looks more accurate to the stars on the American flag. Having to do more art projects is fine by me!
Interestingly enough, Maddy used her paint brush to paint the blender and then sponge painted with it. It always amazes me how children find unique ways to do things!
She then, of course, used her hand. Always remember, it is okay to get messy!
Let your child paint freely, but for this specific project definitely encourage them to paint on and around the blue star. The end results should involve all the edges of the star to have paint surrounding them so you get that star shape once you remove the tape.
Here we go! Time to carefully peel up the tape!
Don’t worry if a little ripping occurs. Your child will be so proud of their patriotic project they won’t even mind.
Ways to Expand On This Activity:
- Make the stars using blue paint.
- If you work in a classroom – try to make a classroom flag creating the stars and stripes and connecting them together.
- Teach your children about flag etiquette.