Overview: What are you doing to celebrate 4th of July? Here are a few books and activities to help get you in the spirit.

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4th of July is right around the corner, and everyone is gearing up to celebrate. Our family goes to a picnic every year. We go swimming and fishing in a pond, stuff our faces with yummy food, and relax in the yard to watch fireworks at nights end.

Help your little one prepare for the big celebration by reading these books and doing a few patriotic activities.

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America The Beautiful by Scholastic Paperbacks

I love this book because it illustrates the poem, America the Beautiful. The story is full of gorgeous pictures from our country.

4th of julyHappy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimmelman

This book follows everyone’s preparations for a fun filled fourth of July celebration. The book ends with a big parade and fireworks to celebrate America’s birthday.

4th of julyHappy Birthday, America by Mary Pope Osborne

Every little town in America celebrates the 4th of July in their own special way. In this book, we follow a little boy through his small town celebration as he sells hot dogs, plays a penny game, and watches fireworks.

4th of julyHooray for the 4th of July! by Sterling

This is a quick read for your little ones as they try to guess who comes next in the parade.

4th of julyFourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts

Who said a Fourth of July celebration was just for humans? This cute story follows a family of mice through their Fourth of July celebration. Join the mice as they have a picnic, go for a swim, and play with some sparklers.

4th of JulyThe Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing

This cute story follows the same rhythm as Twas The Night Before Christmas, but halfway through the celebration the rain pops up. Everyone rushes inside to eat, but will the rain stop soon enough for the firework show?

4th of julyRed, White, and BOOM! by Lee Wardlaw

I love the artwork in this book. Follow a family as they start their celebration at the parade. Then head to the beach for a fun filled adventure before ending the day with traditional Fourth of July fireworks.

Fireworks in a Jar

4th of JulyMaterials: food coloring, oil, water, clean jar, small bowl

Directions: Fill the clear jar half way with warm water. In the small bowl add some oil and a few drops of food coloring. Take a fork and break up the food coloring bubbles. Then pour the oil/food coloring into the warm water. Watch as the food coloring leaves the oil and enters the water. As they begin to mix together it looks like a little explosion.

Noise Maker

Materials: markers, 2 paper plates, rice or beans, stapler

Directions: Start by using the markers to decorate the two paper plates. Only decorate the bottom of the plates. Then put the plates together and staple about half way around. In the opening, pour in about a half cup of beans or rice. Finish stapling the noise maker together. Shake and make LOTS of noise!


4th of JulyMaterials: scissors, paint, paper, paper towel roll

Directions: Cut the paper towel roll in strips about half the way up. Then dip it in paint and splatter it on your paper to make fireworks.

Red, White, and Blue Sensory Bin

Dye any type of noodle red and blue. For white, I just used the normal colored pasta. I follow these directions from Buggy and Buddy to dye my noodles. Once it’s all finished, you can dump them in a bin and start playing. Measuring cups, tweezers, tongs, and large spoons are perfect additions to this sensory bin.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!