When you think of Independence Day, most people will automatically think of all things red, white, and blue. Of course, one of the most popular things on that special day in the United States is fireworks. Take time to talk to kids about the ways they celebrate the holiday and whether or not they go to a fireworks display. Discuss the sounds, sights, and other descriptors related to this beautiful and special day for America.
Take time to make some fireworks together. This is great for the kids that may not be able to go to fireworks because of the late time, location, or being scared. If you have the space, painting fireworks is a lot of fun. You will need three or more colors to make pretty firework displays. In addition to this, each child will need a large sheet of paper to pain on. Then you will need several cardboard tubes for making/painting the fireworks. Be sure to have some extra tubes because these will get soggy after too much time. Ahead of time, cut slots into the cardboard tubes with scissors. These should be different length, thicknesses, and as creative as you want. The variations to these tubes will make fun firework patterns. Learning 4 Kids has great photos of a similar project to see some examples.
Kids dip the cardboard into the paint. Experiment with different sizes and overlapping them on paper. Push and twist the cardboard to see what happens compared to when you stamp them quick. Allow kids to be creative and to share their fireworks display at the end before they take them home.
If there is not enough space for painting, you may create fireworks with some black construction paper, liquid glue, and a variety of glitter. Once kids have their construction paper, they draw different firework shapes on the paper with the bottle of glue. When this is done, the fireworks will come alive after sprinkling them with different glitters. As soon as all of the glue is covered, carefully remove excess glitter by tipping the paper upward and collecting the glitter leftover in a cup for future use.
Check in with families to see what special traditions they have for the Fourth of July. Perhaps they celebrate it at a specific place each year. Also ask if there are similar holidays that their families celebrate for the countries they may originally be from. This is a great time to embrace all cultural diversity with multilingual students and share with each other.
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