Happy Flag Day!
To celebrate the occasion, we went on a Flag Hunt and talked about the importance of flags. Mila was surprised with how many flags were in our little community!
To start off, we did not intend to go on a mini flag hunt. There were just so many at the beginning of the walk! At the beginning, she was very enthusiastic to find flags and ran over to touch them.
Our town always has a lot of American flags up, just more throughout the summer with Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
Most cities or towns will have flags at these places:
- Post Offices
- Police Stations
- Town/City Hall
- Any Government Building
We also found them on our towns telephone poles, fences, and yards. Although we didn’t go on anyone porch, Mila was pointing them out on there too.
I didn’t expect her to find as many as she did.
Some roads had a lot of telephone poles, so she was constantly saying, ‘there’s one, there’s one, there’s one too!.”
At one point she did ask why there were so many flags and what it meant.
Right now, she associates hearts with love. She’s starting to understand there’s some association with objects and feelings. Probably not as complex as our flag, but you have to start somewhere.
I told her that the flag represented where we live and that’s the United States. That’s a big concept for her since she’s just started to learn our town and state.
When I saw her look of confusion, I asked her what a heart meant. She, of course, knew. Then I told her the flag meant pride, community, and togetherness for some people. That seemed to make a little more sense.
She enjoyed talking about the colors of the flag and the stars more.
I also want to mention, beware if you’re flag hunting on a hot day. When we went, it was very humid and a tiny bit miserable.
Mila and Max were dragging their feet. At one point, Mila defeatedly dropped her head walking home. She most definitely let me know how hot it was most of the time though.
Leave it to a toddler.
So, if you go on a flag hunt, make sure you bring lots of water or go on a cooler day!
If not, you might get these types of looks of disappointment.
Either way, we had an educational walk that was engaging and got us outside for about an hour. Next time, we’ll bring more water and maybe a cold rag.
As always, let me know if you do this activity with your child and how they like it.
How do you talk to your toddler about our flag, the USA, or community? Is there any activities you’d like to share?