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5 Ways to Help Your Kids Understand the True Meaning of the 4th of July

Let’s admit it … when you think of 4th of July, you might instantly think, “BBQ!” or “fireworks!” or perhaps a time you can finally imagine yourself taking a nice long nap on the couch, not having to worry about the next day being Sunday, which quickly becomes Monday.

4th of July should be considered one of the most important days of the year. It is practically the birthday of the United States. It’s celebrating the day of the year we declared our independence from England.

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Find Books and Fun Stories

Most kids love stories. It’s the best way to help them expand their imagination their own way, without the help of the media or even pictures. It involves their own way of thinking about the ideas and situations that are being told to them.

Take a trip to Barnes and Nobles and see if you can find some helpful books about the 4th of July that could help your little person understand the story behind it. Yes, we all love the great deals and convenience of Amazon with their free shipping, etc., but the beauty of walking into a book store is that you can physically flip through the books and determine which ones are right for your son or daughter’s level of understanding.

Each child is different and prefer to have special things in a special way, just like they might be with their food. Some kids might like books that are full of colors and some kids might prefer something that’s more wordy. Choosing books that you know your child will enjoy can be very helpful towards their ability to retain information and make the most sense of it.

Find Kid-Friendly Movies to Watch

Movies are always better after you’ve read a book or understand a bit about the story. The 4th of July should also include some movie watching moments about American history. There is no better time to celebrate America than by sharing its history with our kids.

The following are 4 kid-friendly movies about American history that you might consider watching with the kids:

Sing Some Patriotic Songs with Your Kids

When you feel your kids are familiar enough with the story about Independence Day, they would most likely want to participate in activities around the story. Perhaps singing some songs and maybe adding instruments to the sing-along would help.

It might also be a great time to mention why we sing the Star Spangled Banner before most sporting events. It’s another beautiful story that involves American history.

Play Games

Most kids are competitive by nature. After you share the importance of 4th of July and explain the history behind it, you should be able to put together a nice game to see what they’ve learned. Perhaps you could play a game, where the kid who answers the most questions wins or maybe even find a board game that’s fun for the entire family.

Visit Historical Sites

There are historical places all over the United States. Visiting these historical places to help peak interests about history is a great way to start a conversation about the 4th of July.

Visiting historical sites can also be a great way encourage education during the Summer days. Occupy your kids’ time with historical material and they may just get much more out of it than you imagined! Now, we hope you enjoy with fireworks, a nice BBQ, and perhaps some water play! Whatever you do, don’t forget to put some sunscreen on and stay safe!

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.

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