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Lotsa Lesson Plans - JULY 4TH

Updated: 05/09

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PATRIOTIC STARS
Submitted by: Joyce
Materials:
Black constuction paper
Star pattern
Contact paper
Red, White, and Blue Tissue Paper (cut or torn into squares)

Using the contact paper cut out star shapes
Allow children to place the red, white, and blue tissue paper onto the star shaped contact paper on the sticky side to create a collage type star.
Place the sticky side down onto the black construction paper and display around the classroom.
The colors really show up good against the black paper

JULY 4TH IDEAS
Submitted by Tonya
Star Crowns
Pre cut stars out of red, white and blue construction paper. Give each child a long white band (about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) of construction paper long enough to fit around a child's head. Let each child glue (I colored my white glue with some red paint) as many paper stars on the band as they want. I also put out some red, white and blue stickers for the to put on. When dry, fit to each child's head and staple. The kids just love the star spangled crown.
Fireworks
Use black construction paper and make fireworks using net scrubbies that you use washing your pots and pans. Mix tempera paint in a tray and add paper towels to make more of a stamp pad. The paper towel should be wet not soaking. Too much paint and it won't work. Touch the scrubbie to the paper towel and press on paper. I have gold tempera which really looks spectacular. Use white and red as well and add glitter to the paint. It is a great effect on the black paper.
ROCKET:
make a cone shape, out of construction paper. Decorate with markers. Cut a narrow (approx. 2" long) slits on opposite sides of the wide open end. Use 18" of string, and with the point up, put the string through the slits, and pull sharply on the ends of relaxed string (rocket will fly into air)
BELLS:
Use paper cups and let children decorate them. (have them add a "Crack", like the Liberty Bell) use string through the bottom of the cup, and tie on a small 'jingle bell'
TORCHES:
Use old newspapers and roll them in a large cone shape. Let children paint the cones. When dry, stuff with red and yellow tissue paper. to be the "flame" of the torch/ * Have the children make crowns, and then they can be the statue of Liberty. I often let them parade.
FIREWORKS PAINTING
Use a very large piece of paper (like bulletin board size) Let children drop small amounts of paint (different colors works good) Have the children swirl the paint out with a spoon, let them keep swirling from the center, in all directions around the drop of paint. Some of them may overlap, and that is fine, too. When it is finished it looks like fireworks bursting in the sky.

JULY 4TH ACTIVITIES
Patriotic Bead Patterning:
Gather several packages of red, white, and blue beads and white pipe cleaners.
Make a few example patterns with the beads on the pipe cleaners.
Set the remaining beads and pipe cleaners on a table and allow the children to copy any of the patterns on their own pipe cleaners.

Arts/Crafts
FIREWORKS PRINTING
3 plastic scouring pads (1 for each color)
Red, white, and blue liquid tempera paint
Black construction paper
Pour the paint into three flat containers. Dip a plastic scouring pad into one of the paint containers and press it onto a piece of black construction paper. (Encourage your child to press gently rather than pound his scouring pad onto the paper.) Continue dipping and pressing, using all three colors to create an Independence Day fireworks picture.
 

STARS AND STRIPES SPONGE PAINTING
Star and Stripe shaped sponges
Red and blue liquid tempera paint
White construction paper
Dip the star and stripe shaped sponges into red and blue liquid tempera paint. Press onto a piece of white construction paper for a stars and stripes painting.

American flag
Have the children each paint about 8 tongue depressors red.
Cut a blue paper square about 1/4 the size of a sheet of white paper.
Glue it in the left hand corner.
When sticks are dry, glue them on the page making a red stripe, then the white paper, another red and continue on.
Have the children glue cotton balls on the blue part to be stars.

American Flag Collage
1 piece each of red, white and blue construction paper
gold star stickers
glue and brushes, or glue stick
Sample flag, or a picture of an American Flag
Show the sample flag so the children know what to expect.
Have child tear or cut the red paper into strips and glue onto white paper.
Then have child cut or tear the blue piece and place onto top corner.
Then have the child place the stickers onto the blue piece.
Allow younger children to just paste red and blue pieces all over the white paper and add stars randomly.

Fireworks Blow Painting
Give each child a white piece of construction paper and a straw.
Explain that you will be dropping a few drops of tempera paint (diluted red and blue) on their papers.
Once the paint is on the paper, they are to blow the paint around with the straw to look like fireworks.

Fourth of July Firecrackers
Paint a toilet paper tube red, white, or blue. After paint has dried, glue red, white and blue crepe paper streamers to tube.
For a variation, you could also close off one end and fill with rice and then close off to make a noise shaker. After ends are glued shut, then glue on streamers. Children can stick on stars.

Fourth of July Headbands
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
white construction paper, 1 1/2 inches wide by about 22 inches long
red construction paper and blue construction paper,
each piece 1/2 inch wide by about 22 inches long
6-8 plastic straws
30-36 metallic chenille sticks of different colors tape
Glue each colored strip to an outside edge of the white strip.
Cut straws into 3-inch lengths. Cut chenille sticks into 2 1/2-inch lengths.
Insert three sticks, each a different color, into each straw.
Twist and spread them. Tape the straws to the back of the band about an inch apart . Ask someone to help you fit the band around your head, and tape it in place.

Holiday Headbands
Make headbands by taping or stapling red or blue construction paper strips together to fit child¹s head. Glue white stars around the headband.

Party Hats
Make each child a newspaper party hat. Provide paper feathers, real feathers, and other collage items of red, white, blue, silver and gold, to glue on hats.

Star Cookie Cutters:
Gather a few star-shaped cookie cutters and shallow bowls of red and blue tempera paint. Allow each child to have a turn pressing the cookie cutters into the paint,then onto a piece of construction paper to make star shaped prints.

Stars and Stripes Sandwich Bag Stars:
Gather several star shapes from red, white or blue construction paper.
Also gather ribbons, glitter, sequins, aluminum foil or stickers in the same colors, along with one plastic sandwich bag for each child in the class.
Allow the children to place items in the bags sparingly and evenly(the bag should be flat on a table). Place the bag between two pieces of foil with a towel between the foil and the table and iron with a warm iron.
Peel away the foil, and when the bags are cool, allow children to trim to star shapes.

Uncle Sam Hats:
Cut top hat shape out of white, glue two red strips to the front, put small blue band of construction paper where a hat band would be, and decorate hat band with white stars. Attach hat to sentence strip and staple shut.

Cooking/Snacks

AMERICAN FLAG FRUIT & VEGGIE PLATE
1 cookie sheet
1 shallow, square container
1 piece of poster board
Blueberries
Cherry tomatoes
Cauliflower stalks

Have the children help you wash the cherry tomatoes, cauliflower stalks, and blueberries.
Put the blueberries in the shallow container. Place it on the cookie sheet in the upper left hand corner.
Cut the poster board so it goes from the edge of the shallow container to the edge of the cookie sheet. You will also need several pieces of poster board that goes spans the entire length of the cookie sheet.
Place one of the pieces of poster board about two inches down from the top of the cookie sheet and have the children fill the space with tomatoes.
Take another piece of poster board and place it two inches down and fill the space with cauliflower. Keep alternating tomatoes and cauliflower until you get to the end of the cookie sheet.
You can also cut star fruit and place them on top of the blueberries for added fun.

Graham Crackers
White frosting
3 small containers
Red and blue food coloring
Small plastic knives or Popsicle sticks
Divide white frosting equally into three small containers. Add a few drops of red food coloring to one container and a few drops of blue food coloring to another. Mix well. If you like, add more food coloring until the desired shades are reached. Show your toddlers how to use a small plastic knife or Popsicle stick to spread the colored frosting onto graham crackers.

Cool-Whip.
Make each package of Jell-O using Jigglers recipe,separately for each color. To set, pour into 9"x13" cake pans. When firmly set, cut Jell-O into 1/2" to 1" cubes. Let children scoop a layer of blue Jell-O into their cup, then a spoonful of cool-whip, followed by a layer of red Jell-O. Top with additional cool-whip. Enjoy!

Firecracker favor
Trace the ends of a cardboard tube and cut 2 from sturdy paper.
Glue one circle to the bottom of the tube.
Glue 8" wick of purchased star garland into circle for top.
Wrap tube with red paper and fill with candy.
Place top with wick on the top of the tube.

Firecracker popsicles:
In small bathroom cups, pour in red fruit punch to fill cup to 1/3.
Freeze. Pour lemonade to fill middle 1/3. Freeze.
Pour blue Gatorade to fill last part and partly freeze.
Before totally frozen, insert a piece of licorice (red) to be the wick of the firecracker!
Dip cups in warm water to release it from the cup.
Keep cups- kids can keep it in there when eating it.

Fizzy Lemonade
Lemonade with Pop Rocks added to make it pop and really fizz

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Ingredients:
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
sugar cookie dough (use your favorite recipe)
red and blue food coloring
red, white and blue sprinkles

Materials:
2 med. bowls
mixing spoons and teaspoons
baking sheet
small bowl
plastic wrap

Process:
Divide your sugar cookie dough in half and place in your 2 med. bowls.
Add a few drops or red food coloring to one bowl and a few drops of blue food coloring to another bowl. Stir until each is well blended.
Add more food coloring until you like the color of your dough.
Spoon dough onto your cookie sheet by rounded teaspoonfuls and bake according to your recipe directions.
When cookies have cooled completely, take one red cookie and spoon  on a thick layer of softened vanilla ice cream. Top with one blue cookie.
Pour red, white and blue sprinkles into bowl roll the ice cream edges of your cookie sandwiches in the sprinkles.
Wrap the cookies in plastic wrap and freeze until ice cream is firm again.
makes approximately 20 ice cream cookie sandwiches

Graham Cracker Flags:
Gather a few packages of graham crackers, white frosting, ice cream sticks, small paper cups, and red white and blue food coloring. Give each child 3 paper cups with a tablespoon of frosting inside each cup.
Drop food coloring in each cup 1 red 1 blue 1 white.
Give each child a ice cream stick and instruct them to mix the food coloring into each cup.
Then allow to design flag using the frosting on the cracker.

Red, White, and Blue Kabobs
Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries,
Cocktail toothpicks or wooden skewers
Clean and slice the fruit. Have the children place a blueberry, strawberry, and a piece of pineapple on each toothpick. If using skewers, have childrenrepeat pattern. Makes a delicious snack.

Red, white, and blue snack:
Blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream over short cakes or pound cake.

Red, White & Blue Dessert
Make red and blue Jell-O in separate flat pans.
When completely set, cut into cubes and place into clear plastic cups. Add whipped topping. Place a couple blueberries and a strawberry slice on top (optional).

Songs/Music
On Independence Day (Tune: Mary Had A Little Lamb)
Fireworks go snap, snap, snap!
Crack, crack, crack! Zap, zap, zap!
Fireworks make me clap, clap, clap

You¹re a grand ole Flag
You¹re a grand ole Flag
You¹re a high-flying flag
and forever in peace my you wave.

You¹re the emblem of
the land I love
the home of the free and the brave.

Every heart beats true for the red, white and blue
and with never a boast or brag
should ole acquaintance be forgot
keep your eye on the grand ole flag!!

This is July (sung to Frere jacques)
Fourth of July ,Fourth of July ,
Independence Day,Independence Day.
Here the bands playing,
See our flag waving.
Fourth of July ,Fourth of July.

Beat A drum (sung to Clementine)
Beat A drum, march along,
Give a cheer, Hip Hip hooray!
Wave a flag, sing a song.

Happy Independence Day!
See the fireworks in the sky.
Give a cheer, Hip Hip hooray!
Happy Birthday to America.
How we love the USA!

Colors of our Flag (sung to three blind mice)
Red, white and blue. Red, white and blue.
Colors of our flag. Colors of our flag.
Soon it will be the Fourth of July,
And that you know is the reason why
We sing about our country's flag.
Red, white and blue.

Games
Fourth of July sorting game
Cut small medium add large star shapes and bell shapes out of red white and blue construction paper. Mix up the shapes and let the children sort according to color, shape , and size.

SPARKLERS (for 4th of july and canada day)
What You Need:
a.. 3 pipe cleaners
b.. glue
c.. glitter
d.. scissors
What You Do:
1.. Cut two of the pipe cleaners into quarters.
2.. Roll the eight pieces in glue and then cover them with glitter.
3.. When the glue is dry, glue the glitter-covered pieces onto the third, whole pipe cleaner.
4.. Let the sparkling sparkler dry and then wave it an Independence Day parade!!

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY HATS
What You Need:
a.. construction paper
b.. uncooked macaroni
c.. feathers
d.. glue
e.. non-toxic felt-tip pen
What You Do:
1.. Use a felt-tip pen to draw a hat shape on a sheet of construction paper. The hat can be just a rectangle with a line under it for the brim.
2.. Glue macaroni all over your hat drawing.
3.. When the glue is dry, glue a feather or two to the brim of the hat.
4.. Hold up the hat and call it macaroni

Candy Roll
Take a empty toilet paper roll and put some candy inside.......wrap with tissue paper and tie ends with ribbon. Kids like to
pop and get what is inside. Decorate for 4th July.

EASY T-SHIRT!!
Take a white, cotton tee shirt and insert a brown grocery bag inside of it to make the surface firm.  Put out two trays - one with red fabric paint and the other with blue fabric paint.  Take another brown bag and cover 1/2 of the tee shirt vertically so that only one side of the white cotton is exposed for the child to work on.  using a star shaped sponge (I  prefer cookie cutter),
have the child dip into the blue paint and print on one side of the tee shirt blue stars. LET THIS DRY THOROUGHLY - then move the brown bag to the other side of the tee shirt (where you made the blue stars) and cover that side,
exposing the other white cotton surface.  Dip a long, narrow side of a regular kitchen sponge into the red paint and have the child make lines down that side of the shirt (stripes).   this comes out quite cute and it is very easy even for a 3 year old.

JULY 4TH IDEAS !
Flag Art I:
Obtain a large piece of white butcher paper. You will also need blue paper, red and white paint and star shaped sponges. Have the children glue on the blue square to the upper left hand side of the paper. You will then have them use the star shaped sponges in the white paint to make the stars. Then, use the red paint to paint each child's hands and then make the red stripes of the flag with their hand prints.
Variation I: Use silver star stickers instead of sponge painting.
Variation II: Use smaller pieces of paper and have each child do their own using their fingerprints to make the red stripes.
 Variation III: Paint the lines red instead of using hand prints.

 Torn Paper Flags:
Supply the children with blue, red and white paper. Have the children make a flag by tearing the paper and gluing it onto another piece of paper.
 Variation I: Let the children use silver star stickers for the stars.

Fireworks:
You will need: watered down non-toxic paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. They may use as many colors as they wish. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture.

Star Art:
Cut out star shaped for the children and have them decorate the shapes with markers, crayons, pens, paint, glitter, torn paper or create your own ideas with materials you have:)

Sticker Star Art:
Supply the children with star shaped stickers to place on another piece ofpaper. This activity is great for fine motor skills!

Red, White and Blue Art:
Supply the children with red and blue crayons to color on white paper.

Red White and Blue Art II
Supply the children with red and blue paint to paint on white paper.

Stars and Stripes
Supply the children with red and blue paint and star and stripe (long thin) sponges to create a sponge print picture.

Forth of July Wands
Each child will need a unsharpened pencil or dowel and a few pieces of red and blue streamers and tape. Have the child tape the streamers onto the pencil, they may also add star stickers on the pencil for decoration.

Paper Plate streamers fun
 Each child will need red and blue crayons or markers, two paper plates, red and blue streamers and tape. Cut out the center of both paper plates. Have the children decorate the top of one paper plate and the bottom of the other with the crayons or markers. Then on the side of one plate that is not decorated have them tape on many streamers. Place the other plate on top of the first so that the two decorated sides are on the outside and the streamers are on the inside. Tape closed. Have the children dance with their streamer plates.

Red or Blue Goop
 Mix 2 cups water with a little red or blue food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop.

Torn Paper Stars
Draw a star shape on a piece of paper. Provide the children with paper to tear and glue inside the star shape.

Star Rubbings
Cut Star shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these stars to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the stars and rub a crayon over the star.

Shaving Cream Art
Add a drop of red or blue food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white piece of paper.

Star Shaped Potatoe Prints
 Cut a large potatoe in half. You will need a star shaped cookie cutter that will fit on the potatoe half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potatoe. Then, using a knife, cut the potatoe around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a star shaped potatoe stamp. Supply the children with the potatoe stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Star Necklaces
Supply the children with star shaped beads and yarn. You can also have the children cut out star shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Bingo Dabber Art
 Draw a star on a large piece of paper and have the children decorate it with bingo dabbers.

Star Stencil Art
Provide the children with star stencils to trace. They may use markers, glitter, paint, crayons.. etc to decorate the shapes.

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. You can make star pictures by using star cookie cutters, and colored paper.

Picture Matching
Find Forth of July stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card.

Lacing Cards
 Cut colored posterboard into a star shape and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.

Stamping Patterns
Use different star rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

 Bean bag toss
 Have your child toss bean bags into a box with star or red wrapping paper on it. You can use masking tape to mark where the child should stand.

Star Sizing
Cut out many different sized stars. Ask the children to line up the stars from largest to smallest.

Star Numbers and colors
Cut out ten star shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the shapes from one to ten. Cut out many star shapes from different colors. Ask the children to sort the stars by color.

Discussion:
Talk about the reason we celebrate the Forth of July. Sing the "Star Spangled Banner" Explain the words and meanings of the song. Sing "America the Beautiful"

Flag match game:
Obtain pictures of the flags of the world. Make two color copies of each (they need to be about the same size) Then glue each flag to an index card and play memory.

 Flag Talk:
Show the pictures of many flags to the class. Name a few of the countries the flags belong to. Ask the children which is their favorite. Why do they like it?

Name that Flag:
Have the children guess which flag belongs to which country. Start with just a few for the young ones.. like Us and Canada or Mexico.



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