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Summer has finally begun and cookouts and festivities are underway. The 4th of July is a huge holiday for most Americans. It is also a fantastic opportunity to talk about why we celebrate this holiday.
July 4, 1776 is our country’s birthday; it is the day our country’s founders declared independence from Great Britain. Ask your child (or if you are in a classroom, the children) what do the stars and stripes on the flag mean?
This can open up a dialogue about their ancestors and where they came from.
It is a terrific way to open that door and a way for children to speak with grandparents and start the conversation of what America means to them and the things that make our country special.
Talk about how we show support for our troops and gratitude and why we honor them. If you don’t have military in your family, have your child or children write a letter thanking a military person for their service and our freedom.
Cookouts & Crafts
Before enjoying family or neighborhood cookouts, take some time out to celebrate and teach our children about the 4th of July and say Happy Birthday to America. Independence Day is so much fun, but we need to help children appreciate why we celebrate it. In discussing with your child or children you can add in some crafts to make it fun while you talk about the 4th. Some activities you can do that are fun are:
Most residential areas do not allow fireworks. We also want to keep it fun and safe for the little ones. So, an easy fun craft to do is confetti launchers: