Independence Day: A Resource Guide for Teaching Your Kids


Backyard barbeques, fireworks, and friends: the perfect recipe for celebrating the Fourth of July! But has your child ever stopped and asked you just why we celebrate Independence Day? Were you left feeling like your answer to that question fell a little short? (Don’t worry, I did too!) Here are some great resources and activities I have found to help you sneak a little bit of a history lesson into your Fourth of July celebration this year!

Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers

The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
Curdory’s 4th of July by Don Freeman
The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing
The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain

Books for Elementary Aged Kids

The Declaration of Independence in Translation: What it Really Means by Amie Jane Leavitt
F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Important Words by Sheila Kennan
Give Me Liberty!: The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman
The American Flag by Lisa M. Herrington

Once you’ve brushed up on some history, take your lesson a step further with these fun patriotic activities! While your children are busy with their crafts, take some time to discuss the things they learned through your exploration of our country’s history!

Activities for All Ages

Paint your own fireworks.
Make your own flag out of construction paper.
Make a patriotic suncatcher.
Make a noisemaker to bring with you to the parade.
Cool off with some patriotic ice cube painting.

No matter what you decide to do to celebrate our nation’s birth, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Independence Day! Be sure to also check out our 4th of July Guide for local Parades, Fireworks, & Family Fun!! Let freedom ring!