Mention Betsy Ross, and immediately kids will tell you that she made our flag. As we approach June 14, Flag Day, I thought it would be fun and interesting to help our kids learn some more about Old Glory. Did you know that the official name for the flag of the United States is … The Flag of the United States? Most of us are more familiar with the nicknames – Stars and Stripes and Star-Spangled Banner.
Many of us think that George Washington asked his friend, Betsy Ross, who had her own upholstery shop in Philadelphia, to design our flag. This story was told by Betsy’s grandson about a hundred years later and it became legendary. We now realize that it is more likely that Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed it. We know this because he sent a bill to Congress for his work. Although he was not paid, since he was receiving a salary from Congress, no one else came forward to claim credit.
Look for our postings this week for books about The Flag of the United States. In this blog we have included a word search and crossword puzzle for the kids. Click on the links below and save or print the PDFs. Another way to have some fun is to have a party for Old Glory. A sheet cake can easily be made with strawberries and blueberries strategically placed as a delicious (and sort of healthy) birthday cake in honor of the flag’s 234th birthday. Decorations can be made and placed around your house to add to the celebration. Enjoy and let us know if the kids come up with any interesting facts about The Flag of the United States.