Get ready to celebrate! This Fourth of July Week you and your preschool child will make lots of bright red, white and blue decorations for your home and yard. Your child will even decorate his tricycle or wagon, so you may want to find out if there is a children’s parade in your area.
This week, your child may learn:
- Independence Day is celebrated on the fourth of July
- Independence Day is our nation’s birthday
- Communities celebrate with parades and fireworks displays
- Many families celebrate with picnics, barbecues and get-togethers
Additionally, this week’s concepts include:
- The letter F
- The colors Red, White, and Blue
- The pattern “stripes”
- The number 13
Community Fireworks Displays
Find out when the fireworks display is offered in your community, as it isn’t always on July 4th any more! It might be better to do this week’s activities the week before the Fourth, especially since this year the Fourth falls on a Monday. What other activities are offered in your community? Is there a parade? Contests? Children’s games?
Building Family Traditions
I read in Jeanine’s Fourth of July Family Tradition that she hosts the annual reunion in her home. She cuts out paper stars in red, white and blue, and each person takes a star when they arrive. They write why they are proud to be an American, or what Freedom means to them. Later they take a photo of the entire family, then make a collage of the photo and stars to add to the Fourth of July album. What a wonderful tradition! The only thing that I would add is that with digital scrapbooking you can have multiple copies of the pages printed so that everyone can get a copy.
Another family does Patriotic caroling! They go from door to door in their neighborhood and sing Patriotic songs while holding sparklers. America the Beautiful, the National Anthem, My Country ’tis of Thee, This Land is Your Land, and more are all good candidates for your family sing-a-long.
Make the Menu Special
Even the menu can become part of the tradition. Serve roasted pork, corn on the cob, apple pie, plenty of beverages, and of course, birthday cake! Other families go with barbecued chicken, or grilled hamburgers. One family recipe I discovered in my search is for “Dirty Bananas”. The directions said to make a small slit up the side of an unpeeled banana, insert a few squares of Hershey’s chocolate, then place the unpeeled banana on the grill. Oh, yum! I can’t wait to try that!
Children Learn by Our Actions
Prepare Your Child for the Noise of the Fireworks
Some children are frightened by the loud fireworks. Prepare your child for what to expect. Bring along some ear plugs, just in case. Bring along a flashlight! and your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed toy, or other comforting item. It may be well past your child’s bedtime before the show even begins, and he may be cranky. Being prepared (and patient) will make all the difference between a pleasant memory and a nightmarish experience you never want to repeat.
Five-Star Picture Books
- The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry
- American the Beautiful by Katharine Bates
- My First Book of Cutting (Kumon Workbooks) by Shinobu Akaishi
- Good Night America by Adam Gamble
- Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native Americaby Joseph Bruchac
- Happy Birthday America by Mary Pope Osborne
- The Fourth of July Story by Alice Calgliesh
- Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimmelman
- Red, White and Blue (All Aboard Reading) by John Herman
Quality Products for Your Preschooler (Optional)
- Patriotic Baseball Cap
- Red, White & Blue Crepe Streamer
- Bike Decorating Kit
- Wagon Decorating Kit
- 8″ Premium Glow-stick Bracelets
- Fourth of July Puzzle
- Patriotic Decorating Kit
- The Stories of Foster and Sousa
- Good Music for Little Guys (and Gals)
Worksheet #1 Flag coloring page
Worksheet #2 F is for Fruit
Worksheet #3 Letter F Beginning Consonant Sounds
Worksheet #4 Trace and Write Number 13
Worksheet #5 Cutting Curved Lines
Worksheet #6 Statue of Liberty Coloring Page
Worksheet #7 July Fourth Coloring Page