Today we are making Mexican flags for kids.
This is a fun way to learn about Mexico or celebrate a Mexican holiday like Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day.
We are showing this Mexican flag craft for kids three different ways with simple supplies that you already have at home like your markers, washable paints, q tips or ear buds, or tissue papers along with a free printable Mexican flag.
The Mexican Flag
The Flag of Mexico consists of a vertical tricolor of green, red, and white with a Mexican coat of arms in the center of the white stripe.
The central emblem is based on the Aztec symbol of the center of its empire, Tenochtitlan which is now Mexico City. It shows an eagle sitting on a cactus eating a serpent.
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Mexican Flag Crafts
We have three different ways to make a Mexican flag craft with kids! Each of these Mexican flag craft ideas uses a Mexican flag drawing or template.
Kids can sketch out their own Mexican flag drawing or use this free Mexican flag printable:
Download & Print Free Mexican Flag Template
#1 Flag of Mexico Craft with Dot Markers
The first Mexican flag craft is great for younger kids — even toddlers and preschoolers can get into the fun because dot markers are easy to handle and don’t require fine motor skill precision.
Supplies Needed for Dot Marker Flag of Mexico Craft
- Red & Green Dot Markers, Do A Dot Markers or Bingo daubers
- Scissors or preschool training scissors
- School glue
- Bamboo skewers
- Free printable for Mexican flag craft (see above)
Instructions for Making Flag of Mexico Craft
Download and print the free printable of the Mexican flag. The printable is designed with the outline of the green and red rectangle to make it easier for kids to understand which color is on each side.
Using the dot markers, fill the flag printable with appropriate color dots. Allow it to dry.
Then Using scissors, cut the outline of the flag except for the left side. Leave that side as is to create a flap for the flag pole.
Take the bamboo skewers and school glue, fold the extra part in half and apply a line of glue, place the bamboo skewers with the sharp edge inside and fold the paper over.
Once the Mexican flag craft is dry, the flag is ready to display as a part of Cinco de Mayo decorations.
#2 Flag of Mexico Craft with Q Tips
There are many ways to make this Mexican flag project interesting and age-appropriate. This version of the Mexican flag craft uses q tips which are also called cotton swabs or ear buds. They require a little more dexterity and fine motor control and work better for preschool and Kindergarten age kids along with the fact that this flag art uses paint instead of markers.
Preschool kids love making patterns so I thought it would be fun to make this flag activity fun by creating a Q Tip brush to fill in the Mexican flag parts.
Supplies Needed for Making Mexican Flag Arts Using Q Tips
- Washable paints in Green and red
- Scissors or preschool training scissors
- 5 to 6 q tips, cotton swabs or ear buds
- A rubber band
- Paint palette
- Paint brush
- Free printable of Flag of Mexico – see above
Making Mexican Flag Arts Using Q Tips
Create a Q Tip paint brush by combing 5 to 6 Q Tips with a rubber band.
Squirt a small amount of red and green paint onto your paint palette. Use a paintbrush and take a small amount of paint and brush it on the palette itself, then dip the earbuds onto the painted area.
Brush the paint and create your own stamp pad to avoid the paint splatters!
And dot them onto the flag printable until the rectangles are covered in the respective colors. This is done to prevent paint splatters on the paper.
Once the flag craft is done, allow it to dry.
Make a lot of them and combine the flags to make a flag banner to decorate your space or make a flag with a pole as shown in the previous craft to display it along with other decorations.
#3 Flag of Mexico Craft with Tissue Paper
What fun! We are now onto our third version of the Mexican flag craft and this is perfect for older kids. Kindergartners and grade school kids will love creating this Flag of Mexico with bright red and green tissue paper.
Supplies for making Mexican Flag craft with Tissue Papers
- Tissue paper in red and green color
- School glue
- Kids scissors
- Free Mexican flag printable – see above
Instructions to make the Mexican flag activity for Kindergarteners
Fold the tissue paper multiple times and use the scissors to make small squares.
Apply glue and stick the tissue paper squares until the rectangle is covered. Allow it to dry.
Cut the along outline of the flag to complete the flag activity.
The same craft can also be done with construction papers or scrapbook paper or even magazine paper with red and green images that can be cut and pasted to make a collage. Options are endless.
More Flag Crafts from Kids Activities Blog
- Irish flag for kids – make this fun craft of the Flag of Ireland
- American flag craft – make this fun craft of the Flag of the United States of America
- Make this easy British Flag craft with kids!
Celebration Ideas for Mexican Holidays
- Facts about Cinco de Mayo – this printable is super fun and festive!
- Make Mexican flowers – these colorful and large tissue paper flowers are so pretty and much easier than you might expect
- Make an easy Cinco de Mayo pinata at home
- Download & print these Cinco de Mayo coloring pages
- Oh so many fun Cinco de Mayo activities for kids!
Tell us in the comments below on which Mexican flag craft idea is your favorite.