july 4th activities for kids & families
July 4th is almost here!!
We’re thrilled to get into the kitchen and make one of our most favorite holiday treats ever–our July 4th flag cake!
But along with baking one of our favorite sweets, we’ve also thrown in some fun learning along the way–the girls and I spent the weekend in Philadelphia for the Digital Family Summit and had the opportunity not only to learn a ton and hang out with our friends, but we also got to see THE Liberty Bell up close and personal.
It was a blast, and though I grew up very close to the City of Brotherly Love, I’m embarrassed to say that we’ve never taken our children through the city. It’s something that I’m sure we’ll add to our ‘must-do’ list in the next few months.
Because of our trip and the mini history lesson we walked through, the kids have been particularly interested in learning more about our country and its founding fathers.
Thanks to the beauty of Pinterest and a few great friends’ fabulous work, we have had more than enough to choose from as far as July 4th learning is concerned.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- July 4th Activities for Kids and Families: Sure, baking our July 4th cake is a given. It’s something we do every year, and it’s something that we all enjoy. But why are we making a flag cake? Why are we celebrating July 4th? What does ‘Independence Day’ really mean?
We absolutely, totally, completely heart Carisa’s Independence Day Cards.
I printed the cards out on cardstock, and we simply cut them out then read them and matched them up. No big deal. I didn’t quiz the kids. (I never quiz the kids.) I didn’t make them memorize the facts or put them on the spot. (I don’t think I’ve ever really done this, either.)
We simply read them. And we talked about them.
And really, the pictures and the facts and the colors and fonts were just what Maddy, Owen, and Cora needed–simple but engaging. Hopefully they’ll have a few cool facts about their country–their Independence Day–to keep and share with others down the road.
Want to check out some other really awesome July 4th activities, crafts, and ideas for your family?
Be sure to check out these cool resources:
- 11 Books about the USA from Allie of No Time for Flashcards
- United States Bingo from Mr. Printables.com
- Glorious Gluten-Free July 4th Cake
- July 4th Sparkle Pens