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4th of July Activities for Kids

Instructor: Nicky Davis
The Fourth of July is often celebrated with hot dogs and fireworks. Check out this article to find activities to engage kids with American history while having fun and celebrating American independence!

Independence Day Activities for Kids

Help kids get into the spirit of Independence Day with activities that celebrate patriotism and the history of America's founding.

Make an American Flag with State Shapes

Celebrate the fourth and help students learn their states at the same time! Craft a large American flag using construction paper. Instead of stars, cut out shapes of the fifty states from white paper and place them in the corner of the flag. Invite students to try and label the states based on their shapes - they can use a map of the US for help!

To add extra learning opportunities, have students research the year each state joined the union, add the state capitols or identify which states were among the 13 original colonies.

Declaration of Independence Activity

Read the Declaration of Independence and work with your students to translate some of the more complicated or antiquated language into simpler terms. Once you've decoded the whole declaration, write down your new translation and ask your students to sign it with a flourish.

Before beginning the activity, have your students check out this chapter on the Revolutionary War to learn about events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and discover some of the reasons this document was drafted.

Meet the Founding Fathers

Assign each student a founding father to research. Invite students to come to class as their historical founder and hold your own Continental Congress. Students can introduce their subject to the class and discuss the causes that were most important to them when writing and signing the Declaration of Independence.

Short lessons are available to help your students identify some of the founding fathers and research such individuals as John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams and Sam Adams. Your students can explore the roles of women in the Revolutionary War as well.

Bill of Rights Picture Map

Work with students to help them grasp the basic meaning of the first ten constitutional amendments by translating them into more basic language. Then, ask students to create a pictorial representation of one of the ten unalienable rights listed in the Bill of Rights.

Help your students learn more about the Bill of Rights' place in the Constitution and its role in the United States' new government with this chapter on the making of a new nation.

Star Spangled Banner

Learn about the history of the American flag and the 'Star Spangled Banner'. Then, have your students design their own decorative flag. Ask them to present their flag to the class and explain what the different shapes and illustrations represent.

To help your students explore the symbolism represented on the American flag and its role in inspiring the Star Spangled Banner, check out this lesson on the history of the American flag and national anthem.

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