Preschool Independence Day Theme

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In the Kitchen

Red, White, and Blue Kabobs

Supplies:
Strawberries
Banana
Blueberries
Cocktail toothpicks or wooden skewers

Clean and slice the fruit. Have the children place a blueberry, strawberry, and a piece of banana on each toothpick. If using skewers, have children repeat pattern. Makes an atractive & delicious snack!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pretzel Sparklers

8 squares (one ounce each) white baking chocolate
1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods
colored candy stars or sprinkles

Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl; heat until melted. Dip each pretzel rod about halfway into chocolate; sprinkle with stars. Place on waxed paper to dry. Yeild: about 2 dozen.
Fourth of July Jell-o

1 package (3 ounce) berry blue gelatin
2 cups boiling water, divided
1/2 cup cold water, divided
1 package (3 ounce) strawberry gelatin
1 can (15 ounce) pear halves, drained and cubed

In a bowl, dissolve bue gelatin in 1 cup boiling water.
Stir in 1/4 cup cold water. Pour into an ungreased
9x5x3in loaf pan. Refrigerate until firm. Repeat with
strawberry gelatin and remaining boiling and cold water.
When gelatin is set, cut into cubes. Just before serving,
gently combine gelatin cubes and pears in a large glass
bowl or individual dishes. Yield: 6-8 servings


Flag Cake

Bake a cake (rectangle shape like 9x13). Frost with white frosting (or whip cream). Put sliced strawberries for the stripes, and use blueberries in the corner.

Graham Cracker Flags

Gather a few packages of graham crackers, white frosting, ice cream sticks, small paper cups, and red white and blue food coloring. Give each child 3 paper cups with a tablespoon of frosting inside each cup. Drop food coloring in each cup 1 red 1 blue 1 white. Give each child a ice cream stick and instruct them to mix the food coloring into each cup. Then allow to design flag using the frosting on the cracker.

Cookie Cutter Stars

Make Jell-O stars by cutting them out with
cookie cutters. Use red for the stars and
add blueberries and vanilla flavored yogurt.

Red, white, and blue snack

Blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream over short cakes or pound cake.

Tri-Colored Treats

Serve vanilla ice cream with strawberry topping and blue-tinted whipped cream, or a simple fruit salad of sliced strawberries, blueberries, and banana wheels. Be sure to put these treats in clear plastic cups to show off their colors.

Patrioitc Pizza

1 tube (10 oz) of refridgerated pizza crust
1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce (1 1/2 cups)
3 square slices yellow American cheese
1 package extra - long mozzarella string cheese

Heat oven to 425 degrees farenheit. Have ready a 1 1/2 inch star shaped cookie cuter. Lightly coat a 10 1/2 x 15 1/2 inch jelly roll pan with non stick cooking spray. Unroll crust. Press over bottom and about 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake 7 minutes or until crust starts to brown. Meanwhile stack slices of American cheese. Press cokie cutter through in 4 places (to get 12 stars). Cool crust in pan about 10 minutes. Spread pizza sauce evenly to edges. Arrange stars in left hand corner of flag (3 rows of 4). Cut 5 string cheese sticks in half lengthwise and put 9 pieces (10 if you can fit them) in rows to represent the stripes. The picture has 5 pieces on the right hand side and 3 pieces arranged under the stars. Bake pizza 6 to 10 minutes or until crust is well browned. Serves 6

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts Childcare



Theme Ideas



July 4th theme Idea

I sponge paint flags with a flag sponge on white construction paper. Then I do a finger play on fourth of July and read a story to the children with pictures on fourh of July. Then I cookie cut sandwichs into stars. Also we make star cookies on sticks and decorate them with red, white and blue frosting. Then we make fireworks on paper with a straw. red, white and blue paint. They blow the paint in rainbow lines.

~Submitted by Melanie from MA

Soldier Ring Toss

Gather several clean one-quart bleach bottles. Decorate the bottles to look like soldiers using permanent markers. Gather several rings(about 10") or make by cutting 1" wide rings from half gallon or gallon bottles of bleach. Set up the soldiers and allow the children to take turns tossing three rings over the soldiers.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Fourth Of July Information

Tell the children that Independence Day is celebrated on the fourth of July each year. It marks the day many years ago that the United States became independent, or when we decided that we would be our own country.

Have the class set up a birthday party for America. Talk about what games children play at their own birthday parties and play some of those games. If possible play "Stars and Stripes Forever" and encourage children to play imaginary instruments along with the music.

Set out red, white and blue playdoh and let the children's imaginations run wild.

Using a black piece of construction paper, straws, and various colored paint allow the children to drop a small amount of paint onto paper and gently blow through the straw for fireworks in the sky effects.

Place red, white or blue colored water in the sensory table with pitchers, measuring cups and other containers to allow the children to experience measurement.

Hats off to the USA

Have the letters u s and a cut out of red white and blue paper. Have children take turns tossing their hats saying "hats off to the USA" and trying to land on the letters.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Music and Movement

During music and movement, play a variety of patriotic songs such as Yankee Doodle, Stars and Stripes Forever, You're a Grand Old Flag, etc. and let the children march and dance to the music.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Color your bubble solution, some red, some blue, some white. Blow bubbles and have the kids catch the bubbles with dark colored construction paper. When it pops it looks like fireworks. The kids love this! This is best done as an outdoor activity. ;)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links!

Independence Day - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Fourth of July - Activity Idea Place
4th of July - Billy Bear
July 4th - Bry Back Manor
July 4th Theme - Child Care and Beyond
4th of July Section - DLTK
Activities and Crafts for July 4th - Enchanted Learning
United States Patriotic Theme - First School
Happy Birthday America - Holidays On The Net
July 4th Activities - Hummingbird Educational Resources
4th of July Day Fun - Perpetual Preschool
Arts & Crafts - Preschool Education
Music & Songs - Preschool Education
Snacks - Preschool Education



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