Independence Day is a wonderful time to celebrate all items that are red, white, and blue while still working on speech and language goals. In addition to this, kids will love being able to make their own fireworks to add some pizzazz to take home and share.
Red, White, and Blue Sensory Bin
Imagine the look on a child’s face when you sit down with a giant bin filled with everything that is red, white, and blue. A fun filled sensory box for the Fourth of July would provide the opportunity to talk through this activity. You can play “I Spy” where they need to locate a specific item that is hidden in the sea of red, white, and blue. Once the item is located, they need to make some words that rhyme, put the word in a sentence, tell you what the word means, or practice saying it. The sensory bin will keep children of all ages busy and you can mold the activity to work with the goals that each child has.
There are a lot of options for filling your red, white, and blue bin. Go around and look for little toys or other things that match with what children are working on that are predominately these colors. Dollar stores, the bargain section of Target, and craft stores usually are filled with patriotic items for the holiday. Grab bags of pom-poms, flag glitter, buttons, beads, and other items with star, stripes, and are red, white, and blue.
Fun Fireworks to Share
The Fourth of July would not be complete without fireworks to celebrate. Many times, kids miss them because they start so late. Why not make some child friendly fireworks during a session for everyone to take home and share?
A quick and easy way is to make a picture of fireworks using black construction paper, liquid glue, and glitter. Kids will “draw” firework shapes onto the paper. Then use different colors of glitter to make the fireworks come alive. Just sprinkle different colors onto the wet glue. Once all are covered, carefully tip the paper upward and collect the glitter into something to use for a future project. While crafting talk about seeing fireworks. What do you hear, see, smell, and experience while watching? Let each child share when and where they have seen them in the past and where they may go for the Fourth of July.
Be sure to check in with families to see what special traditions they have for the Fourth of July. Also ask if there are similar holidays that their families celebrate for the countries they may originally be from. This is a wonderful time to embrace all cultural diversity with multilingual students and share with each other.
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