4th of July With Your Little Ones

Note: Bonita Country Day School is in no way affiliated with any of the links posted. We just found them to be helpful and hope you will as well.

Why do we get a day off in the middle of the week?  That’s a question only a child would ask.  As adults, we don’t ask why, we’re just grateful for the time.  When I was a kid, most of us were on summer vacation when Independence Day rolled around.  That really shows my age. Today, most families have two working parents who have no choice but to put the kiddos in some sort of summer program.  Let’s face it, how many out there have a job where it’s perfectly fine and dandy to take a couple of months off every summer?

There are lots of fun things you can do with your children on July 4th. Who knows, you each may even learn something new.

Since it’s summer, most people spend a great deal of time outdoors.  The only way to “ooh” and “aahh” at the fireworks from inside is to watch them on TV.  Nobody wants to admit to being that guy.  Prepare for your outdoor time with your little one.  Let him/her help you fix the picnic.  While working together in the kitchen you can talk about the meaning of Independence Day.  If your child is enrolled in a summer day camp (like Bonita Country Day School – shameless plug), chances are great that she/he has been learning all kinds of information about the history of our country.  Here are some websites to help you brush up:

Independence Day – 4th of July Trivia & History

http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/fireworks-fun/kids-quiz/

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzSnruYDpCTLRjJ6UEtEN01lNGs/edit

A fun activity, either outside or inside, is to go on a patriotic scavenger hunt.  Of course, being in San Diego, our scavenger hunts can almost always be outside in the evenings as we have nearly perfect weather!  Don’t forget to brag about that to your friends.  You can find some prepared scavenger hunts online or create your own based on your environment so your children will experience success.

If you’re a crafty kind of parent, there are quite a few activities that wouldn’t even require an extra trip to the store.  Statue of Liberty paper plate crowns are easy to make with only a few materials. Just grab a paper plate, some construction paper, glue, scissors, and string.  Another idea is to paint fireworks.  Simply get a toilet paper or paper towel tube.  Make fringe cuts about one inch long on one end of the tube.  Dip that end in paint and then push it down on a piece of paper.  Voila, fireworks!

We’ve all given in to the idea that healthy eating isn’t necessarily the priority for holidays, however, there is a dessert that your children can help you make (giving them pride that they helped out) and is pretty healthy, all while keeping the theme of the 4th of July.

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE PARFAIT

Ingredients: blueberries

vanilla yogurt

sliced strawberries

small clear cups or glasses

Directions: Layer strawberries, yogurt, and blueberries in the glass.  That’s it! Nothing else! Quick, easy, and healthy! Perfect for a warm summer night of celebrating our independence.

There is nothing more rewarding than being a parent.  You are building positive memories for years to come.  Most of us have wonderful 4th of July memories from our childhood.  Watching the fireworks, eating watermelon, trying to avoid being eaten by the mosquitoes.  It’s up to us to create the same type of memories four our children.

Have fun!

 

 

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