This past year our girls learned the Preamble to the US Constitution. Well, I should say, we ALL learned it. Previously, I didn’t know it past “We the people!” This homeschooling thing is good for all of us!
Anyway, as we were working on memorizing the Preamble, I had an idea for a simple craft for the girls to do in order to help them spend some time with the words. It is a sort of puzzle to make the American flag. I spent a long time creating it and when I printed it out for G to work on, she informed me I had gotten it wrong. I guess it took me so long to do the craft, she memorized the Preamble in the interim.
In fact, the Preamble states, “We the People of the United States in order to form a…” I was leaving out “of the United States.” Nothing like having a 6 year-old correct you.
There is always a good reason to celebrate our freedoms as Americans, right? So, I thought I would share our printable puzzle activity with you.
G is a proficient reader (1st grade) and W (Pre-K) is proficient at memorizing. But both girls can do this project because I created a “key” to match the puzzle to. Not knowing the abilities of kids other than my own, I would say this activity would be an early elementary project.
Memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution
If you have not introduced your kids to the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, it is such a fun thing to learn with them! Sitting with my kids and either singing the Preamble song or repeating the phrases as we cut and glue them is a way for everyone to start memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution. We have a great song included on the Classical Conversations Cycle 3 CDs to help with memorization. I haven’t really found another downloadable resource with a “song.” But there is an old Schoolhouse Rocks video with a song of the Preamble, if you are interested.
This simple activity is great for reinforcing scissor skills, too!
A FREE Printable Preamble Flag
I have created a downloadable file for you! You can get it by clicking the flag below or here. This flag is what the “key” for the activity looks like.
You can print out our Preamble Flag puzzle on plain copy paper and have the kids color in the red boxes, where appropriate. OR, if you want to get really fancy, you can print using construction paper. It takes a little bit more time to prepare, but it is fun for the kids!
If you want to print on construction paper, I recommend:
Print pages 1, 4, 5 on white construction paper.
Use blue construction paper for page 2.
Print page 3 on red construction paper.
There are instructions for the kids on the second page of the file. The first page is the paper onto which all the stripes and the blue background are pasted. I did not include stars on the blue field. My oldest daughter enjoyed drawing her own stars on there. She made sure there were 50! I like the way this turned out because the lines are a little wavy, giving it a look of a waving flag.
More Fun Flag Resources:
A Popsicle Flag Craft from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Baby’s First Fourth of July messy play activity