Each summer, the kids look forward to seeing fireworks on July 4th. We have a great spot where we are able to view firework displays for 3 locations and my daughter's favorite part is sitting on the top of the car to see them.
July 4th is a great time to talk with kids about some of the things that make our country so special. As a child, you tend to think that everyone in the world lives the way you do - because that's really all you know when you're young. So it's important to begin discussions that will help children to appreciate the opportunities they have in America.
During this week's linky, we will Discover & Explore Red, White & Blue: Patriotic Activities.
Kids have a lot of great questions about history and traditions. Why do we have fireworks on the 4th? Who chose the colors of the American flag? And who made the flag? All things that we have learned over the years and now should pass on to our children.
Attending local events, doing some fun crafts & activities along with reading books are all great ways to help kids learn more about July 4th. We've pulled together a list of great books that highlight some of the historic details and fun traditions for this holiday; I've also included affiliate links for your convenience so that you can review the book's details too.
Books about Fireworks, the Flag and the Fourth of July
The Story of America's Birthday Even very young children can learn a little about our country. This cute board book is perfect for ages 2 - 5. Simple text with colorful illustrations make is a perfect first history books for toddlers and preschoolers.
A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution This is a wonderful book that nicely explains a somewhat complex topic. Kids will be able to learn about our constitution, how we use it to elect a president and some of the laws and freedoms that are afforded to all its residents. Good for ages 5 - 12.
A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women I love this book! It was a gift to my daughter and we both enjoy reading and learning about some of the amazing women who helped to shape our country. The illustrations are very detailed and kids will enjoy looking at all the fun things happening on each page. I wish they had a companion edition that highlights the famous men too. Great read for kids ages 4 - 12.
Happy Birthday, America is written by Mary PopeOsborne (the author of the Magic Tree House series). My favorite part of this book is the comfortable summer feel that it has as you read it -- it shares the experience of a family in small town America who attends a July 4th parade, picnic and fireworks. It also includes a nice explanation of the origins of Independence Day. Nice read for ages 3 - 8 years.
O, Say Can You See? America's Symbols, Landmarks, And Important Words is a wonderful read for anyone wondering about our American symbols. Why do we use the term 'Uncle Sam'? What do the stars and stripes on the flag respresent? Learn some fun facts about a number of America's symbols. Best for ages 5 - 10.
And I had to recommend Schoolhouse Rock: America! DVD!
I use to love seeing these short videos on Saturday mornings and now enjoy watching them with my kids. This edition shares a TON of historical information in short, informative videos and catchy songs (you'll find yourself signing 'Shot heard around the World' later that evening). Kids as young as preschool age will enjoy the music and even teens will learn a few news things
How do you celebrate July 4th & other patriotic days?
We want to see all those great Red, While & Blue ideas that you enjoy with your family! Please share games, food, crafts, activities or any post that fit this week's theme.
Make sure to visit our co-host Fantastic Fun & Learning to see what patriotic ideas they are sharing this week.
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