Sensory: ice melt game
4th of July parade
play dough pounding
Activities: counting stars on the flag
fill-the-numbers (with stars)
pouring red, white, and blue buttons
North American animals matching
flag positioning activity (planned but it didn't happen)
sticking flags in play dough
spraying water with a spray bottle
Books: "From Cloth to American Flag"
"Happy Birthday, America"
"America the Beautiful"
"Country Road ABCs"
Outing: 4th of July parade
Here's some pictures of our activities:
HERE. The animals are from the Safari Ltd North American toob. My kids loved this work. We also spent a lot of time naming the animals and talking about when we've seen them.
Amazon, but you could also find them at a craft store. The blue paper is similar to the one you can find on Pinterest. Dragonfly and I only counted five stars before she lost interest. We spent quite a bit of time talking about how the fifty stars represent the states in the union of the United States. When she (and the others) get older, I think it would be neat to have them pin state flags on each star, Montessori style.
Tadpole (21 months), Skimmer (34 months), and Dragonfly (almost 4) at the parade. They loved it!Follow In Our Pond's board "A is for America" on Pinterest.
What activities have you done to teach about your country's history? What other red, white, and blue activities would you add? I'm always gathering ideas for next year.