Patriotic Family Activities

With Flag Day coming up on June 14 and the Fourth of July on the horizon, there are lots of activities that parents can plan to set a patriotic tone for the holidays. Here are a few below.


1. My children’s book The Flag Keeper teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette through an illustrated fiction story about a bear family, flag facts and discussion questions. The whimsical teddy bear illustrations make it ideal for under age 8, though older kids generally learn a lot from the book also. Do you know what to do with a worn flag? What is the proper time of day to fly a flag? What is the proper way to fold a flag? Families can discuss all of this and more. The book is available in paperback, as well as bargain e-book editions for Kindle and Nook. Alternatively, it can be downloaded as part of the Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-book Bundle, which contains three complete picture books and is available for Kindle and Nook.

2. Check out this guest blog post that I published last year on 4-Kid Friendly Patriotic Activities. You can access instructions on how to make a patriotic pinwheel and patriotic napkin and utensil holder, download a grilling coloring book, and get lots of other fun ideas.

3. Do you have an old, worn-out flag? Teach your children to respect the flag by contacting your local American Legion or VFW posts to see if they will properly dispose of it for you. If there is no one local who disposes of flags, then contact the Kitchen Table Gang, which will retire your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags with full honors.

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