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July 4th is here, time to celebrate with the kids

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Tania Cowling

Happy 4th everyone! This is going to be a fun-filled day for families. There is still time to do a little crafting and play some patriotic games before the fireworks this evening -- so here are a few activities to do throughout the day.

For a patriotic atmosphere in your home and yard, decorate with lots of red, white and blue. Have the children write messages with markers onto balloons before they are inflated. Let them wish the USA a Happy Birthday with a cute saying written on each balloon. Inflate them and hang these around the house along with crepe paper streamers. Cut out silver stars from heavy gauge aluminum foil and attach these with a stapler to the streamers. Outdoors, invite the kids to thread red, white and blue streamers through a chain link fence to make a flag. While decorating sing this fun song to the tune of “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,

With red, white, blue.

What about some parade ideas?

Conduct your own family parade full of music, noisemakers and riding toy floats. Invite the neighborhood children to join you. Parading down the street with decorated riding toys is a good way to put spirit into a holiday celebration. Young children can gather their riding toys; a tricycle, wagon, little cars and such and prepare them by taping crepe paper streamers and ribbons to the body of the vehicle, as well as to the handlebars. Older kids may even weave these streamers into the spokes of their bicycles.

Independence Day is a noisy holiday. To make noisemakers, collect empty aluminum soda cans. After they are washed and dry, have the children put dried beans, small pebbles, or pennies inside. Tape the opening shut with duct tape. Proceed to cover the can with construction paper or aluminum foil. Let the kids decorate these noisemakers as they wish with crayons, markers, ribbons and stickers. “Shake, shake, shake” as they parade.

How about a “Revolutionary Hat” to wear? Cut a piece of construction paper into three 9” x 4” strips. Staple the short ends of the strips together to complete this three-cornered hat. Wear these hats in your parade like revolutionary soldiers. It would be quite patriotic to use one strip of each color (red, white and blue). Maybe add a feather if you’re singing “Yankee Doodle”.

Enjoy this USA special birthday today and come visit again for more fun and educational activities for your youngsters!


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