For many children, the Fourth of July is a day with family capped off with watching a beautiful fireworks display. Children who come from families that may not originally be from the United States see this day as something different. They know their families came to this country for a reason. Taking time to acknowledge Independence Day and celebrate the red, white, and blue is a great way to begin. Begin by checking in with each family to see how they may incorporate this celebration at their home.
Reading and Making a Patriotic Books
After chatting with everyone about their own experience with the Fourth of July, transition into a literacy connection. Book walks, as previously discussed, are a great way to see the interest level within a group. Here are some books that are available about Independence Day that may work well for different ages:
- Fourth of July Mice! – by Bethany Roberts
- The Journey of the one and only Declaration of Independence – by Judith St. George
- Hats Off for the Fourth of July – by Harriet Ziefert
- F is for Flag – by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
- Henry’s Fourth of July – by Holly Keller
- On Independence Day – by Judy Zocchi
- Apple Pie for 4th of July – by Janet S. Wong
There are many other books available about the history, celebration, and patriotic songs that you often hear on Independence Day. Take time to read, react, and talk about the story while reading. Ask if they have ever done any of the items for the holiday with their families.
A great way to wrap up this activity would be to make a Fourth of July book that children can take home. Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News shares a July 4 Freebie for younger children to make a book about holiday traditions with cutouts. You could easily adapt this to work with older children to draw in their own details
Red, White, and Blue Windsock
Making a windsock for the Fourth of July is a quick and easy activity. While working on this craft, kids can practice sequence, modeling what they are working on, and repeat instructions in their own words. To make a windsock you will need construction paper, card stock, ribbon/paper streamers, glue sticks, hole punch, and a few other items depending on which style you make. Two great options for different age groups can be found here:
Do not forget that you can decorate either of these differently. Glitter sparkles, foil star stickers, and other options are great. Oh and when finished why not go for a walk with the windsocks to let them fly. Send these home for children to decorate for their own Independence Day celebrations.