Exploring our flag for Fourth of July in preschool

In celebration of Fourth of July, we had a little discussion on taking care of our flags and then we did a little practice trying to fold them too…

We talked about why the flag should not touch the ground. This brought up words like respect, symbol, and freedom…

Then we all took turns learning how to fold the flag

We worked together in pairs to fold the flags…

And we learned how to fold our flag up into a small triangle shape…

Once the flag was completely folded, our friends opened their hands – palms up – and we handed off the flag for someone new to try…

A terrific book to read and sing along with this flag folding activity is Red, White and Blue by Debbie Clement


Visit me here for more activities to try for Fourth of July!

Who made the American Flag? by Wonderopolis


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By |2011-07-02T07:00:55+00:00July 2nd, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Brenna July 2, 2011 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Nice post and reminder. Many adults don’t know these etiquette rules and folding directions. I’m going to pass along to our school-age group in summer camp.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 2, 2011 at 8:16 am - Reply

      I had to read them for myself:)

  2. How wonderful to teach our little citizens respect for flag and country. Thank you. 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 2, 2011 at 9:39 am - Reply

      I learned a great deal too!

  3. Joan July 2, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    Love the idea of teaching the kids how to fold the flag! They are never too young to learn proper flag etiquette. We will try this in our classrooms after we do the pledge each morning. After our pledge, we sing “Flag of America, Red , White and Blue, Flag of America – a salute I give to you!” Maybe the song is from the book that you mentioned?!

    My own four children all learned how to fold and retire flags in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts – great wholesome organizations if you are looking for activities for your young children to get involved in!

    Happy Fourth of July everyone – it’s MY birthday, too!!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 2, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Well most importantly – Happy Birthday Joan!! Thanks for your ideas here too:)

  4. Debbie Clement July 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Sometimes I really do laugh-out-loud. I am at this very minute, writing a blog post that is a tribute to you, Deborah. It includes the pictures from IN-AEYC and our duet on Tall Giraffe. I just came over here to get your addy, to put it into the post.

    Voila!!! Too amazing for words — that you’d have my picture book!!!

    Woman you seriously are the best. The absolute best!!! Now wait a minute till I finish my post and go read about yourself.

    Chuckles off into cyber space.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      I am excited to see what you have written – that was such a fun day!

  5. Amit July 3, 2011 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Such a great post dear. Like your teaching & tips. Keep it up. Have A Great Day. Keep Smiling 🙂

    Amit (@AmitV_Tweets)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Amit:)

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