Here are some fun and easy Uncle Sam Crafts for Kids that are perfect for Uncle Sam Day on 13th September! Also great for other patriotic days!
Today, we have certain specific icons to represent countries, cultures or holidays, and Uncle Sam is one of them. It is an iconic representation of the United States of America, much like the stars and stripes or the bald eagle.
Today we know Uncle Sam as a tall man with white hair and a white beard, wearing a top hat, blue coat and striped trousers. But did you know that he was originally shown wearing a striped vest and a bandanna? Yes, Uncle Sam looked quite different in the past!
In fact, it’s quite interesting to see how Uncle Same came to be!
Evolution of Uncle Sam
1. In 1812, Samuel Wilson, a New York meat packer, supplied the US army with meat, marking ‘U.S’ on his barrels.
2. The soldiers took ‘U.S.’ to mean Samuel himself, and began calling him ‘Uncle Sam’.
3. Uncle Sam starts becoming a way to represent the United States government and makes appearances on political posters
4. Cartoonist Thomas Nast designs the current version of Uncle Sam and it becomes popular on a poster illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg in 1916.
5. In 1989, President George HW Bush declares Uncle Sam Day to be an official holiday, on 13th September, Samuel Wilson’s birthday.
Now that we know how Uncle Sam came to be, it’s time to have some fun with this information, by making these cute Uncle Sam crafts!
15 Unique Uncle Sam Crafts for Kids
This puppet craft perfectly depicts how Uncle Sam looks, with the top hat, striped pants, white facial hair, and the blue blazer. Perfect to put on your special puppet show for Uncle Sam Day!
Use those little hands to create an adorable keepsake craft for Uncle Sam Day! All you need is red, blue and white paints and of course – those little hands!
While Uncle Sam’s traditional avatar features a slim, tall man, gnome versions of Uncle Sam are also popular today! You can make your own version now with this cute puppet craft!
The fun part about Uncle Sam crafts is that you can use them for multiple occasions, like the Fourth of July, for instance! That’s why these printable Uncle Sam headbands are perfect for Uncle Sam Day!
Got some spare brown paper bags lying around? Then you’re all set to make these paper bag Uncle Sam puppets from Our Kid Things! Let the stars and stripes shine on those top hats!
You need just one.. no, half a paper plate to make this cute craft from Mom Hacks 101! The tutorial also includes a free printable template that you can download and print to make the complete craft.
If you’re having an Uncle Sam program at school, this mask from The Chirping Moms is all you need to turn into the American icon! Add a blue jacket and some red pants and you’re all set!
We love multimedia crafts, which is why we’ve included one such project in this list of Uncle Sam crafts! This one from Our Kid Things uses craft paper, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, yarn and more!
Simple Everyday Mom shows us how to convert plain craft sticks into Uncle Sam’s recognizable face! Use craft paper to create the rest of the project, like the hat, hair, beard and facial features.
A spatula as Uncle Sam? Yes, it’s possible, and Darcy and Brian show us how to do it! This is a super easy craft and it would make a cute decor piece to observe this special day!
We love how these Uncle Sams from The Craft Patch resemble Christmas nutcrackers! They do look quite festive and the touch of texture that looks like real hair is great!
Need Uncle Sam crafts for the little ones? Meraki Mother gives us a project that young kids will enjoy making as well as playing with! Or older siblings could make the craft and the younger ones could put it together!
Here’s another Uncle Sam gnome craft, from Glued to My Crafts. It uses easily available craft supplies like colored paper, glitter stars and of course, a cupcake liner!
This Uncle Sam papercraft from Non Toy Gifts is really easy to make and the printable template makes it perfect even for young children. What’s more, all you need is craft paper and googly eyes!
When you’ve got a holiday, you’re likely to be relaxing and enjoying a movie while munching on some chips. And when the chip can is empty, put it to use with this fun Uncle Sam craft from Darcy and Brian!
Besides making Uncle Sam crafts, you can also spend Uncle Sam Day doing things that are uniquely American – eating American foods, watching an American sport on TV, or reading up about the country and its history. You’re sure not to run out of interesting things to do this special day!
If you’d like more activities for Uncle Sam Day, check out these patriotic crafts:
- Star Wreath Paper Craft
- Paper Cone Wreath Craft
- Patriotic Fireworks Craft
- Paper Flower Craft
- American Flag Corner Bookmarks