Creative Games and Activities to Celebrate Independence Day
The sweet smell of BBQ and the crackle of fireworks can only mean one thing: it’s the Fourth of July! While this Independence Day may have fewer parades and parties, there are still many ways your family can celebrate.
In fact, this Independence Day is the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into American history. So, let’s take a look at some creative games and activities to get you started!
Five Ideas for Celebrating Independence Day
1. Teach good citizenship
While we celebrate the founding of our democracy on Independence Day, it’s important to remind kids that civic participation is a year-round responsibility. You can help your kids grow into active citizens by instilling in them the importance of voting and doing what’s right above all else.
2. Visit historic landmarks virtually
Consider taking a virtual trip to a national heritage site or museum. For example, these sites let your kids experience American history as others lived it:
- Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
- Statue of Liberty
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- Valley Forge National Historical Park
- Chippewa Valley Museum
Additionally, many of these sites offer educational resources like podcasts, fun learning games and videos to make history lessons even more engaging.
3. Create patriotic art
What better way to reflect on the meaning of the American flag than with interactive learning activities? You can help the kids craft an American flag to wave or bake desserts with splashes of red, white and blue. Your kids might also enjoy creating some patriotic illustrations with the Osmo Masterpiece educational game. First, choose any flag image from your iPad gallery or the web. Then, this AR gaming system will transform it into a traceable outline!
4. Absorb historical content
Watching historical movies and TV shows is another option for getting into the Independence Day spirit. Schoolhouse Rock, now available for streaming on Disney+, is a classic both parents and kids will love!
5. Discover American stories
Another way to honor Independence Day is by learning about the achievements of Americans who shaped the country. As a family, take the time to explore the revolutionary lives of these individuals:
- Frederick Douglass
- Sojourner Truth
- Jane Addams
- Thomas Paine
- Harriet Tubman
- Clara Barton
- Dolores Huerta
- Billie Jean King
With these fun indoor games and activities, your family can dig into American history and make memories at the same time. We hope your family has a wonderful holiday weekend!