After our Father’s Day craft fiasco, I applied my lessons learned to the next craft. Between Memorial Day and Fourth of July, and simply being a military family, patriotic crafts are a wonderful thing to do with kiddos. Especially toddlers and preschoolers who just love to paint.
I started this craft up after nap time Sunday afternoon. I asked my son if he wanted to paint and SURE he said. Then I backed up a bit and said wait do you want a snack? (Cause, you know, no one wants to have a hangry toddler) and he said, “not yet, first painting.” OK, buddy you got it!
Patriotic Star Toddler Craft
- Washable paint and paintbrush
- Clear tape
- Paper Plates
- Scissors (If you have the kiddo cut, use preschooler safe scissors)
- Newspaper or packing paper for a mess-free workspace (or play outside)
- Egg carton (empty) with just enough slots for the number of colors of different paint you wish to offer
The first thing I did was draw a basic star on a paper plate (the one where the lines cross, no worries it will be painted over). Then I cut it out via the outline and used folded over tape to stick it to the second paper plate, so all the tape is underneath the star.
Then I gave my toddler a variety of colors, some reds, some blues, some whites, some others that made him happy. I had to give him six since I gave him a slice of egg carton with six spots. He wouldn’t let me leave any empty. Hense the note above.
Then I put him in an apron, gave him a brush and let him have at it. I learned from last time that he likes to full-coverage the plate with lots of paint colors, and I tried to guide him a bit to put different colors in different places, so we didn’t end up with a brown mush mess.
He had a blast, enjoying mixing the colors on the plate and swirling them around.
After I let it dry, I carefully peeled off the top star and tape and stuck it on a blank paper plate. Now we have TWO lovely crafts. One with the star itself, and one with the inverted space of the star. Simple, fun, patriotic. You should try it with your toddler or preschooler!
Want more Fourth of July craft ideas?
Here’s another fun patriotic craft: a patriotic firecracker wind catcher made with recycled materials! from Healthy Happy Thrifty Family
Here is a fun tissue paper suncatcher red, white and blue craft from Live Well Play Together
This one is a placemat craft for the Fourth of July from Penlights to Pacifiers
And a cute Dollar Tree wreath from The Coffee Mom