Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beyond Sparklers

Ten Ways to Make the Fourth of July More Meaningful for Children.

1.  Color a free printable American flag coloring book from Nick Jr.  A brief history of the American flag is included.
2.  Add spiritual significance to the holiday by reading this Christian devotional for kids that uses the colors of the American flag.  
3.  Watch Liberty Kids “First Fourth of July.”  My boys love these movies.
4.  Sing along to patriotic songs and learn a little about their histories.
5.  Make yummy patriotic pops with your kids.  This link even has an instructional video.  
6.  Make paper origami stars.  I love home made paper crafts because they are inexpensive, simple, and super cute.  You could even punch holes in these stars and string them together to make a red, white, and blue garland.
7.  These Star Spangled Luminarias will light up your night time festivities.  (They remind me of the floating lanterns in the movie “Tangled.”)
8.  Make red white and blue drinks to go with your Fourth of July feasts.  Turn this into a science lesson on density while you’re at it!
9.  Unscramble some challenging Fourth of July scrambler puzzles online.
10.  Here is a Fourth of July Word Search that you can personalize and print! (scroll to the bottom of page when you get there.)

Work off some of those calories by laughing at these Awkward 4th of July family photos and while you’re celebrating, take some awkward photos of your own : )
Happy Independence Day!

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