Fun Activities For the Fourth of July
Independence Day is rapidly approaching. What fun things can your babysitter do with your children to celebrate the day?
- 1. In the days leading up to Independence Day, read aloud to the children the Articles of Confederation, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or other printed materials on Americana. Discuss what life would have been like in the 1700′s.
- 2. Fly your American flag. Have the children raise and lower your flag daily. Teach them proper handling and storage of the flag.
- 3. Create fun craft ideas on Americana theme. Have the children draw, paint, sculpt from PlayDoh, or otherwise create likenesses of an American icon (i.e., the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, etc.). Tie dye t-shirts with red, white, and blue. Make red, white, and blue decorated sugar cookies. Make red gelatin in a flag-shaped mold and include blueberries, raspberries, and other fruits to decorate the gelatin flag.
- 4. As a family; tour a historic American site. Travel to Boston and see where the Boston Tea Party occurred. Go to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to observe the American history reflected there. Find a historic American site in or near your locale.
- 5. Tour a governmental facility in your area. Many children (and adults) can be fascinated by a guided tour of their state capitol building.
- 6. Thank the members of the military for your freedom. This can be accomplished by having your children write letters to our military members currently serving abroad, by visiting or writing a military base or VA, VFW, DAV, or AFL location.
- 7. Have your children write “Thank you for your service to our country. I appreciate your sacrifice for my freedom.” on Post-It ® notes. Have your children sign these notes and write their ages on them. When you and your children are out in your community and you see a parked vehicle with a veteran’s license plate, put a Post-It ® note on their windshield. If the veteran is standing by his/her vehicle, you and your children can thank the veteran directly. Encourage your children to keep a vigilant watch for veterans’ license plates . . . you may even award points for each such license plate that your children find and reward your children at certain point levels. For example, for each child with five points, s/he may have a Fourth-of-July themed cupcake.
- 8. Volunteer for your local military or veterans’ organization.
- 9. Host an Americana party. Ask attendees to wear historic American costumes. Serve foods associated with Americana (hot dogs, apple pie, ice cream, etc.). Grill out the hot dogs, make homemade ice cream, etc. during the party.
- 10. Attend a fireworks display in your community. Take a picnic basket full of themed treats.
- 11. If legal in your state, safely light fireworks of your own.
There is much to celebrate this and every Fourth of July. May this day be fun, relaxing, and educational for you, your baby sitter and your children.
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