Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day history, game, craft, & cake

My husband and I are history lovers, and jump at any chance we get to share in historic discovery with our kids.  After hearing the Overture of 1812 played live at a Memorial Day concert, below fireworks bursting in the beautiful evening sky, my son has been excited to learn more about our country's history.  He researched the creation of Flag Day, and to his surprise, didn't just discover one founder: he found decades of Americans wanting a special day.  I love this about history: it's not always straightforward and simple!  Even more fun to learn, was that teachers helped lead the creation of Flag Day.

Though the 4th of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, an idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the American Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885 by Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher.  In 1861 George Morris suggested it, but it didn't catch on until 1885.  Cigrand worked so long on it that he's typically called "Father of Flag Day".  Others followed pursuit of the Flag Day, and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson officially established Flag Day, which is the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777.  In 1949 President Truman signed an Act of Congress that designated June 14 as National Flag Day.  Whew...no wonder my son felt confused!  Basically, let's give several patriots, whose lives spanned a few centuries apart, some credit for their spirit!

Two of our spirited patriots!


"Find the Flag" car game
In honor of our beautiful red, white, & blue flag, we visited several locations around town to see the flags.  To keep the toddlers entertained, we called it "Find the Flag"!  A different version of one of my all-time favorite outdoor games: Capture the Flag!

Found another one!  Schools had them, and a trip
through downtown gave us several to find!


Want to make your own flag?  Here's one to try:

Flag craft:
Supplies:  white paper, mini stars,
red strips of paper, blue rectangle, glue stick

Simply adhere the red paper strips to white card stock to get your 13 stripes.
Adhere a blue rectangle.
We didn't have 50 white star stickers, so my sons used silver instead.

There you have it - your own flag!
 I love it that my superheroes were wearing
red, white, & blue this morning!

Flag Cake

Several years ago I made a flag cake from an idea I got from
Their cake was made with jello;
in my family, cake requires chocolate. 
So, I made a devil's food chocolate cake with cream cheese icing,
and arranged the blueberries and strawberries the way Kraft suggested.
Yum....we might be making this on July 4!

 "I am what you make me; nothing more.
I swing before your eyes as a
bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."
(Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior @ the 1914 Flag Day)

Happy Flag Day!


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