Celebrate America’s Birthday with Fun Crafts!

I believe children learn best when they do not even realize they are learning! Enjoy these activities that incorporate hands-on projects while touching on a child’s five senses.  Three major academic areas, math, science and language, are focused on, as well as some crafty and tasty treats.

Have Fun and Enjoy Your Children!

July Theme:  Happy Birthday America!

Song:   Red, White Blue (Three Blind Mice)
Red, White, Blue
Red, White Blue,
Stars and stripes too,
Stars and stripes too.
We celebrate Independence Day,
Each July 4th the American way.
Wave your flag high today,
Wear red, white and blue, red white and blue.

Math:  Flags
Need: Red, white, blue construction paper, package of star stickers, Popsicle sticks, glue.

  • Show your child a picture of the USA flag.  Discuss the stars and stripes and explain what they represent.  Talk about the stripes and how they form a pattern.  Ask them to guess how many stars there are.
  • Help them recreate the flag using the construction paper.
  • Have them count out 50 star stickers and place them on their flag.
  • Glue the Popsicle stick to the back on the flag.  (use this flag as they sing their Red, White, Blue song)

Game: Ring the Liberty Bell
Need: Bell with a handle, string, beanbag or small stuffed toy

  • Discuss what the Liberty Bell is what it means to our country.
  • Tie the bell outside to a low branch.
  • Take turns throwing a beanbag to try and ring the bell.  Count how many throws it takes to ring the bell.
  • Try moving the bell to a higher branch.

Language:  Family Pledge
Need: paper and pencil

  • Teach your child The Pledge of Allegiance.  Talk about what it means to our country.
  • Discuss what values your family holds and what is important to keep a peaceful household.
  • Involve everyone in your family and come up with a “family pledge” that suits your needs.  You can even go as far as making a family flag together.  Hang this somewhere in your house and find time as a family to recite this daily/weekly.

Art:  4th of July Hats
Need: red, white and blue craft foam (or construction paper), pipe cleaners, tape, stapler.

  • Measure the blue foam to fit your child’s head.  This will be the base of the headband.
  • Draw stars on the red, white and blue foam.  Let your child cut them out (or help them) These will be sticking up from the headband.
  • Tape pipe cleaners to the inside of the headband so they are sticking up.  Attach the stars to the pipe cleaner.
  • Staple the headband so it fits your child’s head.

Tasty Treat:  Patriotic Parfaits
Need: Vanilla yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, clear cup

  • Assist your child in washing and cutting up the fruit.
  • Layer the strawberries in the cup first.  Add yogurt and then top with blueberries.
  • Very simple but healthy snack!

Corrie Binette is the owner of The Learning Stop.  It is located in the Londonderry Commons on 44 Nashua Road.  The Learning Stop is a Preschool-Kindergarten and also provides after Moose Hill care and drop-off hours.  For more information please visit their website or call 434-0082.

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