Independence Day

Independence-DayThis weekend, on the 4th of July, the USA will be celebrating Independence Day. This is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This declared independence from Great Britain which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Although Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th it was very close to being a few days before as on July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favour of independence, but it took two days for everyone involved to adopt the Declaration of Independence (which was a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson).

Independence Day celebrations are commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies. However, just because Independence Day is an American celebration it doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t celebrate. It is a very prominent historic event and a great one to teach your children about so try to combine learning with some fun July 4th-related activities.

The website below has some brilliant ways to embrace the 4th of July like creating explosions of colours with firework paintings. Give your children a fun alternative to finger painting—toothbrush painting. The bristles create wispy strokes that resemble fireworks. Set out some red, white, and blue paint and have your kids brush several strokes away from a central point with an old toothbrush:

http://www.parents.com/partners/content/2/?AquafreshJuly4th&sm_t=fRhdSmW

This website provides fun activities for your children to do including word searches and crosswords. This week’s word search is all about Independence Day and will ask your child to find words like liberty, stripes, red, white and blue. If you sit with your child whilst they do this you can talk them through the relevance of each word:

http://printables.familyeducation.com/tv/printables/fe/pc/0,,16097-1332,00.pdf

There are so many other 4th of July craft-related activities you can try with your children. Have a look at these websites for some inspiration:

http://anightowlblog.com/2014/06/patriotic-kids-crafts.html/

http://www.thecraftycrow.net/fourth_of_july/

Blog by Kathleen Shuster

Kathleen Shuster is the Social Media Manager for Education Quizzes.

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