Independence Day is a lot more than hot dogs and fireworks. It is never too early to begin teaching your kids the true meaning of why we celebrate Independence Day every year. History doesn’t have to be boring, and you can make learning one of the most important days in our history both fun and educational. There are many 4th of July themed activities that can make learning fun and interesting.
Here are some fun activities to teach your kids the true meaning of Independence Day:
Make a Flag Cake
Get your kids to help you make and decorate a flag cake as you teach them about the history of our flag. Use a one-layer cake frosted in vanilla icing. Use blueberries for the blue background behind the stars and strawberries for the red stripes. Teach kids the meaning of the number of stars and stripes, what the first flag looked like, and what the flag means in terms of our country’s values.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
If you live near a historical landmark, plan a visit. If you don’t live nearby or can’t visit, don’t worry. Take a virtual trip. The internet is a wondrous way to visit times and places we can’t actually visit. Take your children on virtual field trips to the Liberty Bell, Gettysburg, or the signing of the Constitution.
Teach About Important Symbols
Why is the bald eagle our National Bird? What does the Seal of the USA look like and what do the individual symbols on it stand for? Kids love to learn facts, and this is a chance to teach them things they may not learn in school.
Make a Patriotic Wreath
Involve your kids in creating a colorful wreath in red, white, and blue that shows off your American pride. It’s a great way to decorate your home in a patriotic theme. Kids will enjoy this craft and will be filled with patriotic fervor.
Re-enact the Boston Tea Party
Get out old clothes and make costumes. Explain what happened that caused the Boston Tea Party and what happened afterward. Have the kids act out the event. This will help the kids learn about one of the most important historical events of the American Revolution.
Attend a Re-enactment and Fireworks
There are many events offering Revolutionary War re-enactments on Independence Day. Take the family and tell the story as they watch the action. You can end the day with an awesome firework display!
Take this opportunity to talk to your kids about American values and the significance of the 4th of July.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three Preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.