You've made your BBQ plans, the flags are out and you have patriotic dessert recipes pinned. But, don't forget an essential ingredient in your 4th of July celebrations - helping our children understand the national importance of this day. For small children, some of the concepts can be difficult. You can start by discussing what Independence Day is and why we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. A great craft and fun discussion can center around the meaning of the stars and stripes on our flag. It's fun to talk about how our flag has changed through the years and why. Check Pinterest for fun, easy flag craft tutorials. A great way to show our patriotism year-round is by thanking a soldier for their service to our country. Discuss with your kids the sacrifices made for their freedom and take the opportunity to explain why it's important to honor our soldiers by saying "thank you" to those who put themselves in harm's way.
Finally, we also have a great coloring book of Patriotic American Symbols such as the Statue of Liberty and a bald eagle to download for free.Patriotic Coloring Book