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Memorial Day Crafts and Activities for Kids

Updated on May 25, 2013

Patriotic Crafts for Kids and Toddlers

For Memorial Day, my kids and I did some red, white, and blue crafts and activities. We talked about the holiday itself, but our activities were pretty generally patriotic, so it's easy to replicate these for July 4th, Veteran's Day, or whenever the patriotic mood strikes!

I've also added a link to the lens I wrote about some red, white, and blue foods we made for a previous July 4th, since they're easily served for Memorial Day, as well.

Cookie Cutter Star Stamps

cookie cutter star stamps red white and blue memorial day crafts for kids
cookie cutter star stamps red white and blue memorial day crafts for kids

I didn't let my one-year-old touch the paint, but you can see my toddler (wearing her "painting shirt") creating red and blue stars on white paper with plastic cookie cutters.

After layering some newspaper to protect the table, I gave my daughter some blank pieces of paper and a couple layers of paper plates onto which I'd dumped some blue and red paint. Provided three different sizes of cookie cutters, and she had a blast!

cookie cutter star stamps red white and blue memorial day crafts for kids
cookie cutter star stamps red white and blue memorial day crafts for kids
cookie cutter star stamps red white and blue memorial day crafts for kids
cookie cutter star stamps red white and blue memorial day crafts for kids

And, of course, we also wound up with some hand prints. My daughter isn't exactly one for avoiding a mess ...

Cookie Cutters - The three star shapes we used come from this collection:

Wilton Cookie Cutters Set, 101-Piece — Alphabet, Numbers and Holiday Cookie Cutters
Wilton Cookie Cutters Set, 101-Piece — Alphabet, Numbers and Holiday Cookie Cutters

I use my trusty Wilton 101-piece set of plastic cookie cutters for many, many, many projects ....

Aside from the three sizes of stars we used, there's also a handy flag shape.

 

Red, White, & Blue Star Suncatcher

red white and blue patriotic star suncatcher memorial day crafts for kids
red white and blue patriotic star suncatcher memorial day crafts for kids

Suncatchers are one of those great projects to create with kids for holiday decorating. You can see it pictured here on a sliding glass door that leads to a screened porch, but they also look fabulous on windows, or even mirrors.

To make one like ours, start with a white piece of paper. As you can see in the step-by-step photos below, I drew out a star on the white paper, folded it in half, and cut out the star. Since there were pen marks all over it, this was my "practice sheet." I then folded two new white sheets and placed them inside the star cutout, using it as a stencil.

We tore up some red and blue tissue paper into itty-bitty pieces. I took one white star outline and laid it on some clear contact paper. My daughter sprinkled the tissue pieces over the sticky part. Then I put the second star on top (this step is optional, but creates cleaner outlines), and covered that with another piece of clear contact paper.

I cut out the star, leaving a thick, white border, and punched a hole in the top with a single hole punch. Then I let her hang it on the door with a tiny suction cup.

Making the Suncatcher

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Drawing the star.The finished stencil.Sprinkling on the tissue paper pieces.With the second paper star placed on top of the tissue paper, and another piece of clear contact paper on top of that.
Drawing the star.
Drawing the star.
The finished stencil.
The finished stencil.
Sprinkling on the tissue paper pieces.
Sprinkling on the tissue paper pieces.
With the second paper star placed on top of the tissue paper, and another piece of clear contact paper on top of that.
With the second paper star placed on top of the tissue paper, and another piece of clear contact paper on top of that.

Red, White, & Blue Ribbon Wands

red white and blue patriotic ribbon wands memorial day crafts for kids
red white and blue patriotic ribbon wands memorial day crafts for kids

I had a ribbon wand as a kid and I loved it! So I made some patriotic versions for my kids to play with on Memorial Day. They ran around with them, danced with them, and just waved them around.

And since I only had pastel blue, the photo kind of looks like it's just red and white - but I swear there's blue in there, too!

Anyway, as you can see in the step-by-step photos below, I cut some lengths of ribbon in all three colors, three of each per stick - so six each total. I gathered together the ribbons for one wand, and tied a knot in the top, leaving about two inches excess. I used packing tape to attach the excess ribbon above the knot to some sticks we had. These sticks are something my mom has had since before I was born to display balloons at parties and such. You could use just about anything, however.

Making the Ribbon Wands

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The supplies.Taping the ribbon onto the stick.The finished wand.
The supplies.
The supplies.
Taping the ribbon onto the stick.
Taping the ribbon onto the stick.
The finished wand.
The finished wand.

Decorating with Red, White, & Blue

decorating with red white and blue for memorial day crafts for kids
decorating with red white and blue for memorial day crafts for kids

This is my daughter adding red, white, and blue stars to the sliding glass door.

decorating with red white and blue for memorial day crafts for kids
decorating with red white and blue for memorial day crafts for kids

And here's my daughter following Grandma into the front yard to help decorate with flags.

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