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Uncle Sam craft for kids – 4th of July craft

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Looking for 4th of July crafts for kids? We have created several American flags so far, from t-shirts to stick flags. Today it’s time to switch to a popular symbol of the United States. We’re going to make an Uncle Sam craft.

Uncle Sam craft kids

Who is Uncle Sam?

  • Uncle Sam is a symbol of the United States, together with the bald eagle, the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell
  • Uncle Sam is a personification of the government of the United States of America
  • During World War I, Uncle Sam was used in military recruiting posters  with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” 
  • Uncle Sam is supposedly based on Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied rations for the soldiers during the War of 1812

Uncle Sam 4th of July craft kids

Uncle Sam’s image with the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit was created by a political cartoonist called Nast. He is also credited with the creation of Santa Claus’s image.

This last detail made me smile. When I was working on the Uncle Sam’s template, my oldest saw the beard and mustache. He asked me if it was Santa. I suppose if you replace the red and white striped hat with a red hat with a white pom pom, you can easily turn Uncle Sam into Santa.

Uncle Sam craft

Our Uncle Sam craft comes with a template that you can use at home or at school. The classroom template version is designed to be printed directly on colored paper, while the patterns on the home template version are to be traced on colored paper.

The craft is great for preschoolers, kindergartners and older kids. They have to cut and glue all the pieces together. The main  craft supply is paper but you will also need googly eyes and a small pom pom for the nose.

Uncle Sam craft template

We love simple crafts (check out our collection of 100+ easy crafts for kids) and our Uncle Sam in no exception.

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Uncle Sam craft

Easy Uncle Sam craft

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The instructions below are to make the craft at home. If you are a teacher and need the classroom template and instructions, you will find them when downloading the Uncle Sam template.

Easy Uncle Sam craft kids

How to make an Uncle Sam craft

Start by downloading the Uncle Sam template. Cut out the patterns and trace them on colored paper. Use the five white stars as is.

To make the Uncle Sam craft you will need: 1 blue body, 1 beige head, 1 white beard, 1 white mustache, 1 blue hat brim, 1 red hat, 2 white hat stripes and 5 white stars.

Body

Glue the blue body at the bottom of the light blue cardstock paper.

head

Add the beige head above the body.

beard

Glue the beard onto the face.

Uncle Sam mustache

Glue the mustache in the middle of the face.

Hat brim

Add the blue hat brim on top of the head.

red hat

Glue the red hat above the hat brim.

white stripes

Add the two white stripes onto the hat vertically. Try to spread them equally onto the hat.

white stars

Glue the five white stars onto the hat brim.

Uncle Sam

Add two googly eyes and a small white pom pom for the nose.

Use a black marker to draw the mouth.

Uncle Sam craft for kids

Uncle Sam craft for kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An easy Uncle Sam craft for kids to make for the 4th of July. Use the template to make this popular symbol of the United States with your kids.

Materials

  • Uncle Sam template
  • light blue cardstock paper
  • construction paper: red, blue, white and beige
  • two google eyes
  • one small white pom pom

Tools

  • black marker
  • scissors
  • glue

Instructions

  1. Start by downloading the Uncle Sam template. Cut out the patterns and trace them on colored paper. Use the five white stars as is.
  2. To make the Uncle Sam craft you will need: 1 blue body, 1 beige head, 1 white beard, 1 white mustache, 1 blue hat brim, 1 red hat, 2 white hat stripes and 5 white stars.
  3. Glue the blue body at the bottom of the light blue cardstock paper.
  4. Add the beige head above the body.
  5. Glue the beard onto the face.
  6. Glue the mustache in the middle of the face.
  7. Add the blue hat brim on top of the head.
  8. Glue the red hat above the hat brim.
  9. Add the two white stripes onto the hat vertically. Try to spread them equally onto the hat.
  10. Glue the five white stars onto the hat brim.
  11. Add two googly eyes and a small white pom pom for the nose.
  12. Use a black marker to draw the mouth.

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