Independence Day is a lot more than hot dogs and fireworks. It is never too early to begin teaching your kids about the true meaning of why we celebrate every year. History doesn’t have to be boring and you can make learning about one of the most important days of our history both fun and educational.
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
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 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.
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 then have the kids act out the event.
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!