Your young child will love making this green, white and red flag out of scrunched tissue paper with cardboard as the backing. It makes a festive addition to any Hispanic Heritage or Cinco de Mayo celebration, while developing your child’s fine motor skills and ability to work independently!
What You Do:
- Help your child tear or cut the tissue paper into approximately 3” x 1” strips. Explain that you are using green, red and white because they are the colors of the Mexican flag.
- Pour some glue into the paper bowl.
- Ask your child to scrunch up a piece of green tissue and dab it lightly into the glue.
- Show your child where to attach the tissue paper onto the cardboard.
- Repeat Step 3 until your child has covered one third of the cardboard with green tissue.
- Next, have your child do the white tissue paper, covering the second third of the cardboard.
- Then have your child do the red tissue paper, covering the final third of the cardboard.
- Glue a dowel to the left edge of the cardboard and let it dry. ¡Arriba!
Making a Mexican flag is so easy to do that your child will probably want to make more than one. In that case, make a bunch of them and arrange them in jars or vases filled with flowers and you instantly have a festive centerpiece for your dining table. Along with chili pepper napkin rings, they make a whimsical yet worldly statement for your fiesta.
Tip: If you use magnetic list pads as the backing for these tissue paper flags, then your child can display them on the refrigerator or any magnetic surface for everyone to enjoy.