Fun Crafts to Help Understand the 4th of July

4th of July Kids activitiesBeing a parent can be complicated when it comes to trying to explain what the meaning of a holiday is. This is true with any holidays, however, the 4th of July is the one that can be even more complicated.

We celebrate this holiday in honor of the country, yet it is hard to explain to children. Here are some suggestions on ways to help your child understand the 4th of July besides other activities and cool gifts.

The Flag

The one thing that everyone knows what our flag is, even as little kids we learn that. There are different parts of the flag that stand for different things. This is something that we can teach our kids about in a fun and easy way.

Help them to create a beautiful craft and learn the lesson along the way. The blue of the flag stands for unity, it is the things that will bind all the stars together. The red stripes stand for the valor and hardiness of battle.

The white paper stands for the purity and innocence of a new country. The 50 stars stand for the 50 states. Explain how the flag used to have the stars in a circle for only the first 13 colonies.

4th of July holiday activities for kids

The Pledge of Allegiance

Our children are taught every day to say the Pledge of Allegiance at school. Although, very few children can actually tell you what it is for. The pledge is a promise that we as American’s make. Here is one way to look at our promise:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag (promise to be loyal to our country, which the flag represents) and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, (this is a place where we are able to decide our leaders), indivisible (where everyone sticks together), with liberty (to be free) and justice (and treated fairly) for all.”

Breaking the pledge down simply can sometimes make everything so much easier to understand, even for children.

The National Anthem

Most kids have heard the national anthem. Many of them are even taught it at some point through their formative education. However, many of the kids don’t understand what the story is behind that lovely song. Teach them the background, simply.

In the war of 1812 a man named Francis Scott Key wrote a song about what he was witnessing. During the battle at a fort in Baltimore watching as some British ships bombarded the area. Key was able to see the flag flying in the sky. The flag waving in the air meant that we were still a free country.

And now is the fun part. Let’s work with our kids during the 4th of July holiday to enjoy the free time with three craft ideas below.

1# Paper American Flag Craft

What you will need:

• Red, white, and blue construction paper
• White 3-D paint, or star stickers
• Scissors
• Glue

What to do:

• Cut out the blue square in the corner.
• Cut 7 red stripes of construction paper.
• Glue the red stripes onto the white paper.
• Glue the blue square onto the stripes.
• Use the 3-D paint or stickers to put 50 stars on the flag.

2# Cascade of Stars

What you will need:

• Thick paper, like cardstock or thick construction paper
• A printer
• A drinking straw (one straw for each project)
• Yarn (about 1 1/2 feet of yarn for each project)
• Scissors
• Optional – paint, markers, glitter

What to do:

• Draw and cut out 6 stars of various sizes from thick paper.
• Poke a tiny hole in the center of each star
• Decorate the stars with paint or markers. Also, glitter is a nice decorative touch
• Cut a drinking straw into 1 1/2 inch long segments (the exact length is not important) – you need 5 segments of straw for each project.
• Cut a piece of yarn about 2 feet long. Tie a thick knot at one end of the yarn. Thread the smallest star through the other end of the yarn — push it down to the knot. Then thread a segment of drinking straw — push it down to the small star.
• Continue threading stars and straw segments. When the last star (the biggest star) has been threaded onto the yarn, tie a large loop at the end (you will hang your mobile from this loop).

3# Patriotic WindSock

What you will need:

• A cylindrical cardboard oatmeal box
• Construction paper (blue and white)
• Red and white crepe paper streamers
• Glue
• String
• Scissors
• Hole punch

What to do:4th of july crafts kids

• Cut the bottom off a cylindrical cardboard oatmeal box.
• Cover the box with blue construction paper and then glue on white construction paper stars.
• Cut some red and white crepe paper streamers and glue or staple them to one end of the wind sock.
• Punch four holes along the top of the windsock.
• Cut two pieces of string about a foot long. Tie the strings to the wind sock (tie the opposite ends of a string to holes on opposite sides of the cylinder).
• Tie a longer piece of string to the smaller pieces – you’ll hang the windsock from this piece of string.

Here are three ways that you can help your children to understand the importance of the 4th of July. It is the holiday that no one forgets, but so many don’t truly understand.

GOOD PATRIOTIC TOYS FOR CHILDREN.

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