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Fourth of July Theme

Fourth of July Theme

A full week of Fourth of July theme activities to keep your preschoolers busy.

Songs, Fingerplays, and Grouptime Fun

Fourth Of July Information…
Tell the children that Independence Day is celebrated on the fourth of July each year.  It marks the day many years ago that the United States Became independent, or when we decided that we would be our own country.  Have the class set up a birthday party for America.  Talk about what games children play at their own birthday parties and play some of those games.  If possible play “Stars and Stripes Forever”  and encourage children to play imaginary instruments along with the music.

Designs in the Sky…
(Frere Jacques)
Fourth of July, Fourth of July,
It is fun, it is fun.
A picnic in the park,
And then after dark,
Designs in the sky, Fourth of July.

 On the Fourth of July…
(London Bridge)
It’s our country’s birthday,
Birthday, birthday.
It’s our country’s birthday,
On the Fourth of July!

 On Independence Day…
(Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Fireworks go snap, snap, snap!
Crack, crack, crack! Zap, zap, zap!
Fireworks make me clap, clap, clap
On Independence Day!

 Way up in the Sky…
(Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Hold it very high.
Watch the colors gently wave,
Way up in the sky.

March, march, march around,
Hold the flag up high.
Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Way up in the sky.

Who’s Birthday Is It?
Some birthdays come in winter,
Some birthdays come in spring.
On birthdays there are games to play
And lots of songs to sing.

My favorite birthday is in July,
And it doesn’t belong to me!
It’s the birthday that lights up the sky
For all the world to see!

Rockets glare, trumpets blare,
And bands begins to play.
Happy Birthday America
It’s Independence Day!

Art Time Fun

Fireworks…
Use black construction paper and make fireworks using net scrubbies that you use washing your pots and pans.  Mix tempera paint in a tray and add paper towels to make more of a stamp pad.  The paper towel should be wet not soaking.  Too much paint and it won’t work.  Touch the scrubbie to the paper towel and press on paper.  I have gold tempera which really looks spectacular. Use white and red as well and add glitter to the paint.  It is a great effect on the black paper.

Star Crowns…
Pre cut stars out of red, white and blue construction paper.  Give each child a long white band (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) of construction paper long enough to fit around a child’s head.  Let each child glue (I colored my white glue with some red paint) as many paper stars on the band as they want.  I also put out some red, white and blue stickers for the to put on. When dry, fit to each child’s head and staple.  The kids just love the star spangled crown.

Baton…
Take a large sheet of newspaper and fold in half. Start at one corner and roll into a long stick shape.  Tape.  Children can color newspaper with markers/paint, etc.  Attach crepe paper streamers or strips of tissue paper at one end (or anywhere)with a glue stick.  Decorate with foil star stickers. Can be used for a parade, dancing, etc.

Printable Ant Maze

 

 

Centers

Playdoh Fun…
Set out red, white and blue playdoh and let the children’s imaginations run wild.

Art Table…
Using a black piece of construction paper, straws, and various colored paint allow the children to drop a small amount of paint onto paper and gently blow through the straw for fireworks in the sky effects.

Sensory Table…
Place red, white or blue colored water in the sensory table with pitchers, measuring cups and other containers to allow the children to experience measurement.

Housekeeping…
Set up the housekeeping area with items you would take along on a picnic.  Have the children pretend to make sandwiches and gather items to bring with.  Then allow them to imagine what they’d do while they were picnicking.

Cooking Activities

Hamburger Cookies…
The rolls were vanilla wafers. The inside could be a chocolate covered mint or any thing round that looks like a burger.  Yellow and red icing from tubes were the ketchup and mustard.

Books

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