Free 5-Day Family Challenge Celebrates the American Flag #FlagDay #July4th

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If you’d like to teach your kids about the American flag and have some fun at the same time, then I hope you’ll join my free 5-Day Family Flag Challenge, which is chock full of Flag Day and Fourth of July activities for kids. To join, either sign up for the American flag challenge here, or fill out the form at the bottom of this post. As the author of a children’s picture book called The Flag Keeper, I wanted to see what other kinds of resources were available to families. I scoured the Internet, picked my patriotic favorites, and created the flag challenge as a way for parents and kids to bond and learn about flag etiquette at the same time.

Here’s what to expect in the challenge:

Day 1: Easy red, white and blue kids’ crafts

Day 2: Simple and yummy patriotic treats

Day 3: Yankee Doodle Drawing

Day 4: Cool video fun!

Day 5: Do you know how to fold the American flag?


the American flag

The optional textbook for the challenge is The Flag Keeper. Elizabeth may be a little bear, but she treats the American flag with big respect. After Dad leaves for a trip, Elizabeth pledges to raise the flag all by herself and follow all of the flag etiquette rules that her father has taught her. However, her dad never told her what to do if the flag gets dirty or the police show up. Teaches children about U.S. flag etiquette through a fiction story, flag facts, activity idea, and discussion questions.

The Flag Keeper American flag book is available in paperback from the following retailers:
Barnes & Noble
Books A Million
The Flag Keeper E-StoreSpecial offer: Use coupon code VTW7KCSN at checkout to get the book for $7.99, a $4 discount.
E-Book Retailers:
Barnes & Noble

Also available as part of the Teddy Bear Town Children’s Bundle in both e-book and audiobook formats.

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Reviews for The Flag Keeper:
“In my capacity with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, I see dozens of patriotic publications each year. The Flag Keeper is unique in its approach to younger children. While it deals with important and somewhat detailed information, it does so in a clear and simple way that children can understand and even personalize. Complex issues such as patriotism, personal responsibility, honor and faithfulness are presented easily, graphically and with a sweetness and gentleness that belies the weight of these issues. I would encourage all true patriots with children to purchase a copy to start their “little patriots” off on the right foot.”
– Steve Van Buskirk, Director of Programs, VFW National Headquarters

“A wonderful story about Elizabeth, who through life’s day-to-day adventures learns how to care for and display the flag. An excellent read!”
– Mike Buss, Deputy Director, Americanism, American Legion National Headquarters

“I’d have to say go out and get this book if you have children. I think it’s very important to teach these concepts and I give this book a Ten.”
Good Family Reads

The Flag Keeper is a flat-spined softcover book designed to teach young children about the American flag. Simple color illustrations follow the bear girl Elizabeth, as she learns how to treat a flag with proper respect, and why one should never fly it upside down except in emergency (an upside-down flag is a plea for immediate help from the police or anyone else available!) A handful of flag facts and discussion questions such as “How would you describe ‘flag etiquette’ to a friend?” round out this excellent educational book filled with information all American children should know.”
The Midwest Book Review, (American History Shelf)

“Reading The Flag Keeper is a terrific way for parents and kids to spend time together and enhance their celebration of the Fourth of July. It helps parents to keep their children reading and learning in the summer months, and moms and dads will even learn something themselves. The book can also be pulled out at other times of year, such as Columbus Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day.”
The Staten Island Family

“It’s in a format that kids enjoy. I even handed it to my 10-year-old daughter and she liked it…My 7-year-old son liked it too, and I enjoyed it also.”
– Podcast of the Not Too Late Show, featuring book reviews and author interviews and humor with a focus on history, Americana and faith

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