The most anticipated holiday over the summer is definitely the Fourth of July! Kids are eagerly waiting to see the fireworks display, eat lots of good food, and hang out with friends and family!
While they patiently wait for the big fireworks show, keep them occupied with a fun and patriotic craft! Kids will be amazed that an ordinary paper cup can become a majestic eagle with this eagle paper cup craft!
Check out all the other cool things kids can create with paper cup crafts!
Patriotic Bald Eagle
This is an inexpensive and easy-to-prepare craft since you most likely have everything on hand that’s needed. Just check your pantry to see if you have any leftover party cups. If not, you can get several for around a dollar at your local dollar store.
Download our free template and watch your kids’ imaginations soar with their completed eagle craft!
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Glue dots (optional)
- Eagle template (enter your email in the form to get the template)
Download the eagle template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing the right eye underneath the right eyebrow.
Take the beak and glue it in the middle of the eagle’s head, slightly overlapping the right eye.
Next, glue the left eye under the left eyebrow so it is slightly overlapping the top part of the beak.
Place the cup with the rim facing down. Use a black marker to draw some feather marks on the lower portion of the paper cup.
Use glue or a glue dot (we prefer the glue dot) to glue the head to the top and middle of the paper cup.
Fold the eagle’s wings along the dashed lines, then apply glue or a glue dot to the folded portion of the wing. Glue one wing to each side of the cup.
Be sure to check out our many other summer crafts for your kids to make this summer break that we’re sure they will love!
Patriotic Themed Ideas For Kids
We have lots of patriotic themed craft and activity ideas to get your kids excited to celebrate the upcoming holiday! They’ll have a blast learning about Independence Day with these fun activities that are kid approved!
A lot of kids are able to learn best when they’re engaged in a hands-on activity, so try adding some patriotic themed crafts, printables, and activities to their day. Check out some of our favorites below and save the ones your kids will enjoy!
Patriotic Books For Kids
Reading books to your kids can boosts kids’ language skills, vocabulary, and imagination. Plus, children who grow up reading books are more likely to do well academically and have better mental health.
Beyond all of the benefits, though, there’s something truly special about snuggling up with your kids and getting lost in a great book together. So next time you’re wondering what to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon, pick up a children’s classic and watch the magic happen!
The Before The Fourth Of July – If your kids are fans of The Night Before Christmas, they’ll love this patriotic version that follows a family’s day through Independence Day!
What Does it Mean To Be American? – This book is a wonderful look into the characteristics that make an American citizen. It’s an easy read for young kids are will get their minds thinking.
My Fourth of July – Kids will love this story that details all the classic activities Americans do on the Fourth of July! It’s sure to bring back the nostalgia of being a kid on Independence Day.
Patriotic Kids Craft Ideas
There are so many fantastic reasons kids should craft! This activity is filled with benefits that are great for a child’s development. Crafting allows kids to express their creativity, use their imaginations, and do something that can be relaxing and satisfying when they complete a project.
Each step of creating a craft can strengthen their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, scissor skills, and more. Try adding in some of these fun and patriotic crafts:
Popsicle Stick Uncle Sam Craft – This fun way to show a little patriotism begins with some popsicle sticks! This craft has a little bit of everything with painting, cutting, and gluing, so it’s sure to be a hit with the kids!
Popsicle Stick Statue of Liberty – Make Lady Liberty in order to get ready for the 4th of July! With just a few supplies, she’ll come to life. Grab some popsicle sticks, paper, scissors, and glue, and the kids will have a fun time crafting!
Handprint Bald Eagle Craft – Let freedom ring with this fun handprint craft! This majestic bird soars with the help of your child’s handprints. This activity is a great addition when learning about birds or a symbol of the United States.
Eagle Paper Bag Puppet – Kids’ imaginations can take flight when they play with their new eagle puppet! Transform an ordinary paper bag into an awesome eagle craft with our free template! You’ll just need a few basic supplies to get started.
Patriotic Activities For Kids
Talk to kids about the significance of Memorial Day and garner a sense of patriotism with our Memorial Day worksheets.
In addition to being a good patriotic activity to remember those that have given their lives for our country, these sheets will also enhance educational skills like handwriting, scissor skills, and letter recognition.
Keep kids occupied with our 4th of July I Spy printables. They’re filled with patriotic images for kids to spy with their little eye!
Kids will be able to use their critical thinking and observation skills as they search for the different objects found at a 4th of July celebration. Choose easy or hard versions to print out depending on your child’s skill level.
Get kids excited for the upcoming holiday with these patriotic color by number printables! They’re a simple and fun way for kids to show some patriotism while doing a favorite activity of coloring.
As kids fill in each numbered space, they’ll work on number and color recognition as they color in the number spaces revealing 7 different hidden pictures!
Use these Independence Day pom pom mats as a fun way for your preschoolers to get festive and work on essential skills. These sheets will challenge your kids to cover the patriotic images with their pom poms.
They’ll work on counting, colors, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination as they fill in each printable.
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More Summer Activities For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Glue dots (optional)
- Eagle template
- Download the eagle template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the right eye underneath the right eyebrow.
- Take the beak and glue it in the middle of the eagle's head, slightly overlapping the right eye.
- Next, glue the left eye under the left eyebrow so it is slightly overlapping the top part of the beak.
- Place the cup with the rim facing down. Use a black marker to draw some feather marks on the lower portion of the paper cup.
- Use glue or a glue dot (we prefer the glue dot) to glue the head to the top and middle of the paper cup.
- Fold the eagle's wings along the dashed lines, then apply glue or a glue dot to the folded portion of the wing. Glue one wing to each side of the cup.