Flag inspired easel paintings for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is a wonderful time to explore the American flag and that is just what we did with this simple but beautiful easel painting process..

We spent the morning exploring flags and reading about flags and as a follow-up, I thought the children might find a little flag painting inspiration if I added a flag to the easel…

I added red, white, and blue easel paint colors to the easel as well….

Our flag inspired easel paintings took on all different interpretations.  Having the flag hanging on the easel really gave the children a good visual to consider as they painted their pictures.  I didn’t even have to say something like, “I would like everyone to paint a flag today!” Just having the flag there was all the inspiration they needed…

Although the inspiration of this painting clearly started with the flag, it eventually took on a life of its own as our little artist took the liberty to use her own creative expression in the process….

Although most of the children naturally started out painting stripes, not every child chose to do that…

A super simple idea to add a little Fourth of July inspiration to the easel!

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By |2012-06-23T11:55:31+00:00June 23rd, 2012|

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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. [email protected] June 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, patriotic activity and I love all the end results. Would be great to take a picture of them all and send to someone in the service.

  2. Pamela Spann June 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    We did this last fall around Constituion Day and while we were learning the Pledge. The pictures were chosen to be placed on the lobby bulletin board. I don’t know how to attach a photo for you.

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