Happy 4th of July! Here’s an American Flag Puzzle you can make with your kiddos! Plus, I curated a list of fun patriotic activities to do with your kids!
4th of July is one of my kiddos favorite holidays to celebrate. They love the fireworks, the BBQ and the swimming.
But, this year, they’re old enough to learn some fun facts about independence day. Like: why we celebrate the Fourth of July.
Of course we will be doing Happy 4th of July Activities (that will be later in this post). But, before we dive into that, I want to share a few facts with them:
Why We Celebrate the Fourth of July
Fact #1 July 4th is called Independence Day (or America’s Birthday). So, I totally want to make a birthday cake with them! Like this Fourth of July Strawberry Poke Cake by See Mom Click.
Fact #2 On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed giving the United States independence from Great Britain. I use big words with my kiddos. If they ask what a word means, I tell them. So, for the word independence, I would tell them it means separate, free from outside rule or by itself. I would demonstrate it with two puzzle pieces. They’re together, now they’re not.
Also, we have a world map in our activity corner. So, I’ll be showing my kiddos where Great Britain is on the map. Then, we will look up a picture of the Declaration of Independence.
Fact #3 John Adams (one of the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence) wrote a letter to his wife Abigail. In the letter he wrote that this will be the most memorable day in history. We will celebrate it with “pomp and parade, bonfire and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward and forever more.”
I’m only going to share these three facts, because they’re 4 and 2 years old. So, they won’t understand all the history. But, a little bit here and there will work!
You can read more facts at Kids Play and Create.
So, now for the fun activities to get them excited! Whoo hoo!
Happy 4th of July Magnetic Flag Puzzle
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#1 Line up 5 jumbo craft sticks and paint a blue square on the upper left corner using the foam brush. Let it dry.
#2 Paint your red stripes. There will be 3 red stripes. Let them dry.
#3 Next, paint your white stripes (there will be 2 white stripes) and white stars. Let them dry.
#4 Cut strips of magnetic tape to fit on the back of each craft stick.
You have a Happy 4th of July Magnetic Flag Puzzle! Yay!
We have been playing with it on the fridge and on our DIY Magnetic Chalkboard we made! Can you tell they went swimming first?
NOTE: Our flag is not accurate. It’s just for fun! We have a flag in our home that I will be showing my kiddos. I will explain the 13 stripes (they represent the 13 colonies) and the 50 stars (they represent the 50 states in the U.S.).
More Happy 4th of July Activities to Do with Your Kids
- Marissa from My Home Based Life made some DIY Patriotic Pinwheels that your kiddos will love see spin around.
- Kimberly from The Best Ideas for Kids has a Fireworks Template for you to make Salt Painted Fireworks. It looks so fun!
- Jasmine from Stylish Cravings made DIY Fourth of July Sparklers. These are great for pretend play because no fire is involved. Phew!
- Deirdre from JDaniels4’s Mom made Pipe Cleaner Fireworks in a Jar. The kiddos get to use a magnet to make them move around. So cool! We will be doing this one for sure!
- Kimberly from Natural Beach Living made a Patriotic Kids Blower that the kiddos will have so much fun playing with!
- Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy is sharing how to make a Patriotic Wand that your kiddos can twirl around. I know my kids will be running around in the backyard with these!
- Christy from From Engineer to SAHM made an American Flag from a Science Experiment with her kids. Get your paper towels handy!
- Brenda from Schooling a Monkey shows you how to make Patriotic Paint Bombs. Take this activity outside and have your kiddos throw the bombs onto white paper. They’ll get a kick out of watching them explode!
- And on 123 Homeschool 4 Me, you can make Paper Bomb Pop Popsicles! These would be great for pretend play too. But, get those real ones! The kiddos will ask for them. Such a sweet treat for 4th of July!
- Save up those magazines for your kiddos to cut to pieces and make this Magazine Mosaic Flag by Crafts By Amanda!
- Need some story time ideas for 4th of July? Kate from Homebound But Hopeful has some for you HERE!
I hope you have so much fun on 4th of July! We will be making these Happy 4th of July Activities during the week!
Oh! And a 4th of July celebration just wouldn’t be the best without watermelon! Oh, no way! So, to add some watermelon fun to the big day, check out our fun watermelon game!
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