15 Activities and FREE Printables for the 4th of July: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

June 20, 2013

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Week at a Glance

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big George by Anne Rockwell
  • 4th of July Activities for Kids
  • American History FREE printables
  • American Patriotic Songs
  • 4th of July Cupcakes and Treats
  • Recommended Books List

Big George

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Big George by Anne Rockwell

Why we love this book:

This past school year we did a great big study on The Discovery of America and The American Revolution. By far the kiddos favorite book on this time period in American History was Big George. We’ve checked-out this book about George Washington over and over again from our local library. Anne Rockwell’s narrative about our first president is an outstanding introduction to The American Revolution. Washington is not portrayed as a perfect man but rather as a shy boy who grew up to lead an army and nation to freedom. Illustrator Matt Phelan’s amazing pastel drawings bring the drama of Washington’s early days to life right on the pages of the book. Our family absolutely loves this book! We are once again reading Big George in preparation for our celebration of July 4th! This book can easily span many age groups.

4th of July Activities and FREE printables for Kids

The American Flag

1. FREE printable American Flag and Activities

  • I like that my children have become so interested in the history of The United States. Yep, they know that the 4th of July is more than picnics and fireworks. (But believe me we like those too!)
  • I’m starting with the learning stuff and the crafts will come later in this post.
  • FREE printable Flag from ColoringCastle.com

Pledge of Allegiance FREE printable 2012

2. The Pledge of Allegiance FREE printable

4th of July Activities for Kids3. Patriotic Songs and American History

  • This year the kiddos have been learning patriotic songs including The Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. It makes my  heart smile to hear them belt out these beloved American tunes (the off-key singing just adds to the charm!).

America is Red, White and Blue

4. FREE printable book: America is Red, White and Blue

  • Link includes step-by-step directions and photos for the lesson.


4th of July Activities for Kids

5. Care Packages for the Troops!

  • What better way to celebrate our Independence than showing our troops that we appreciate them!
  • The kiddos made Patriotic cards and we are collecting requesting supplies.
  • Beef Jerky * Cameras (disposable) * Camper style foods * Candy * CDs (Blank or Music) * Chapstick * Crackers (PNB, Cheese, etc.) * Dental floss * Dried Fruit * Facial Tissues * Fast food Condiment packets * Flashlights * Foot Powder (travel size) * Girl Scout * cookies *  Gum * Hand Sanitizer (travel size) * Holiday Specific Greeting Cards * Moist Wipes * Nerf toys (very small footballs, etc.) * Nuts/Seeds * Odor Eaters (for boots) * Pencils/Pens * Personal messages * Phone cards * Playing cards * Powdered drink mix * Razors * Sardines * Sheets of stationery * Snacks (cookies, granola bars, etc.) * Tea Bags and Coffee Packets * Toiletries (travel sizes) * Toothbrushes * Toothpaste (travel size) * Trail Mix * Travel games * Travel mugs * Tuna snack kits * Vienna Sausages

4th of July Activities for Kids

6. Firework Painting

  • When we were doing our Ocean on Canvas paintings, MacGyver went off on a tangent. Shocking, I know!
  • MacGyver invented Firework Painting.
  • Miss Enigma and I thought the paintings were seriously cool!
  • You too can duplicate his technique. After all he did invent it!

4th of July Activities for Kids

7. Backyard Stick Flag by parenting – today


4th of July Activities for Kids

8. Fireworks Glow Jars by intimateweddings.com

  • This activity requires adult supervision.
  • These would be so darn cute at a backyard 4th of July picnic!

4th of July Activities for Kids

9. Red, White and Blue Sand Candles by marthstewart.com


4th of July Activities for Kids

10. Stars and Stripes Cupcakes made by my kiddos right here at waddleeahchaa.com!


4th of July Activities for Kids

11. Watermelon Pops for your backyard picnic by aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com


The Scrambled States of America game

12. Play The Scrambled States of America Game

  • This is one of MacGyver’s favorite games.
  • It is so much fun and he is really getting to know all 50 states!
  • Look for the book as well.

4th of July Activities for Kids

13. Watch The Liberty’s Kids Series

  • My kiddos love this series.
  • They shout out when they recognize one of the Founding Fathers and other individuals important to the American Revolution.

14. Read about the American Revolution!

  • We’ve read all of the above books. They come highly recommended by a 6, 10 and 40ish -year-old. In other word, they’re all good!

4th of July Activities for Kids

15. Read John Adams by David McCullough.

  • This one is for the grown-ups in the room (and older kids).
  • This is a looooong book. If you don’t have the time for a long read watch the mini series based on this book.
  • This is not a book about “Heroes” but rather about real men and women and their flaws as well as their strengths.
  • This book opened my eyes to the reality of life during the American Revolution and what individual families sacrificed.
  • The relationship between John and Abagail Adams is heart warming.
  • You also get a glimpse into John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship.

Big George

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Big George by Anne Rockwell

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What do you love most about America?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Thursday, June 27, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, June 28, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H June 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

One of the most treasured rights I feel we have is the right to worship God.

Dianne June 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

What I love the most about America is our diversity.

Julie June 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I am thankful we can homeschool and have the right to worship God.

Jeannine June 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

Tara and Julie, After spending time in a country like Cambodia with such a tragic past, I’m especially thankful for our freedoms.

Ellie June 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I love all of our freedoms, which are protected by our Constitution. Our legal system is certainly not perfect, but the protections and guidance offered to us by our Constitution help make this nation strong, even in times of trouble.

Rachel @ Wife, Then Mama June 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

That we have more freedom than other countries.

Jamie June 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I love how America is a great melting pot, where people from all over the world meet each other, and even fall in love and create multicultural families.

Ms. Tom September 25, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Thanks for the patriotic song lyrics. Am teaching reading with song. Love the bold simple print. Also, love the art projects. Will return to look at those more closely.

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