Excited to receive The USA Box? While waiting for it, you can prepare some fun activities to go along with our all-American-themed box! In this blog post, we are going to share some American patriotic theme books, engaging fingerplays, and other enjoyable activities you can do with your preschooler! Use these to extend the fun after the USA Box! Let’s go!
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How do we teach our little ones about patriotism? It’s not like we can just read its definition and they’ll understand it right away! But we can help “spark” the spirit of patriotism and adventure in little kids with some fun and engaging USA-themed activities! From exploring the amazing stories in books to engaging fingerplays and activities, this article will take you on a journey through a collection of simple yet exciting activities that celebrate the United States. Whether you're looking for reading recommendations, craft ideas, fingerplays, or interactive games, get ready to embark on an all-American adventure that will captivate and educate your little ones!
Top 5 American Patriotic-Theme Books for Preschoolers
There are a lot of great choices when it comes to patriotic-theme books for kids. And we selected some of the best that offer not only engaging stories and illustrations, but also help in developing an appreciation for our country and its values in a simple, kid-friendly, and enjoyable way.
1 America the Beautiful by Cholena Rose Dare
Celebrate the wonderful diversity and spirit of America with this beautifully illustrated storybook! From coast to coast, you'll explore stunning maps showcasing famous landmarks, national parks, state birds, flowers, and even a road trip adventure! Discover the contributions of American artists, historical innovations, and iconic foods that have shaped our nation. This book is packed with interesting facts, beloved patriotic songs, and delightful maps that readers of all ages will truly enjoy. This fun and educational tribute captures the essence of America and is perfect for both kids and adults who want to celebrate and learn about our great nation.
2 Lady Liberty's Holiday by Jen Arena
This book, Lady Liberty's Holiday, is an unforgettable American adventure, with the Statue of Liberty herself as the main character! In this story, the Statue of Liberty stands proudly in her iconic green hue, however, she is feeling blue! After years of warmly welcoming visitors to America, she finds herself sad and tired of standing firmly for more than a century. She felt like she needs a break! And with the cheerful support of her feathery friend, Moe the pigeon, Lady Liberty goes on to explore the vast wonders of America. The beautiful illustrations in this book bring to life the captivating landscapes that Lady Liberty saw on her journey. But will she manage to return to New York City in time for the Fourth of July? And perhaps, after her incredible journey, will she even want to return?
3 Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong
This book tells the story of a Chinese-American girl who struggles to appreciate her family's immigrant traditions on Independence Day. She was surprised that her parents cooked and sold Chinese food on an important American holiday, and tried to explain to her parents why they shouldn’t. But as the parade goes on, customers came and bought the oriental Chinese foods that they sold. She learned an important lesson, which young readers will also learn and understand. It offers a heartwarming message about the importance of diversity and cultural heritage in America.
4 What Does It Mean to be American? by Rana DiOrio
This book is a part of the famous, award-winning What Does It Mean to Be series, which offers a nonpartisan view of American patriotism. Perfect for any and all Americans who are proud of who they are and where they come from, this is a great read for little ones to help them get a grasp of what it means to be American. Though this question is something that even some adults struggle to answer, this book helps us answer this question to our little ones (while also reflecting on ourselves) in a simple and heartfelt manner. A great read for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Election Day, or any day you want to share with your child what it means to be an American!
5 Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw
This delightful book, 'Red, White, and Boom,' is an engaging celebration of the Fourth of July! Through its rhythmic rhymes and lively illustrations, it takes readers on a journey through a vibrant neighborhood festivity. The pages come alive with the sights and sounds of this patriotic holiday, showcasing cherished traditions that make it so special. From sizzling barbecues and picnics with family and friends to the awe-inspiring fireworks that light up the night sky, every page bursts with the joy and excitement of the Fourth of July. (that rhymes too!) This book can be a great help in introducing the significance of the holiday and the shared experiences that bring communities together.
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American Patriotic-Theme Fingerplays
Fingerplays are a fun and interactive way to engage preschoolers in learning about patriotism and national symbols. You can also apply other nursery rhyme tunes to these fingerplays (or your little one’s favorites)! Enjoy these fingerplays with the children, and encourage them to participate and have fun while learning.
1 Flag Salute
(As you recite, children can mimic the actions with their hands. You can ask your preschooler to sing it to the tune of the ABC song)
I put my hand on my heart, so proud.
For our country, we'll sing it loud.
We stand together, brave and true.
Red, white, and blue, we salute you!
(Children can wiggle their fingers to represent fireworks while singing to the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)
Five little fireworks lighting up the sky,
Bursting with colors way up high.
Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Up they go,
Lighting the night with a colorful glow.
3 Statue of Liberty
(Children can raise their arm and hold a pretend torch while singing to the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)
Raise your arm high, like Statue of Liberty.
With a shining torch for all to see.
She welcomes people from far and near,
A symbol of freedom that we hold dear.
4 Proud to Be an American
(Children can pat their hearts and sing to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
I'm proud to be an American, yes it's true,
With bravery and freedom, through and through.
I love my country, I sing with pride,
As we stand together, side by side.
5 Stars and Stripes
(Children can wave their hands to represent the flag and sing to the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed)
Wave the stars and stripes up high,
The American flag, it flies in the sky.
With stars that twinkle, and stripes so bold,
It's a symbol of our nation, strong and bold.
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Other Fun Patriotic-theme Activities for Preschoolers
1 Create your own Confetti Poppers
Try these DIY 4th of July Confetti Poppers with your little one. You’ll only need to prepare a toilet paper roll, a balloon, colored masking tape, colored papers or glitter sticker papers, confetti, and glue. This is perfect for busy moms who had no time to go shopping for party decor for the 4th of July! It is so handy and materials are easy to find around the house. Kids can also have fun while crafting, as this is just as easy as 1-2-3! Check out the step-by-step guide to creating your own 4th of July Confetti Poppers here.
2 Fireworks in a Jar
Fireworks are commonly used in celebration of the 4th of July and many other holidays. But have you ever heard of fireworks in a jar? Don’t worry, it’s a very safe activity and does not involve “real” fireworks. In fact, it is a fun science experiment using warm water, liquid food coloring, and oil. As you mix these materials together, you’ll see colorful droplets similar to fireworks! Learn more about this exciting science experiment in this blog post.
3 Flag Collage
Provide children with red, white, and blue construction paper, scissors, and glue. Help them cut out shapes like stars and stripes, and then let them create their own American flag collage by arranging and gluing the pieces onto a larger sheet of paper. As you do this with your preschooler, you can tell them the history of our flag! This activity can also help in developing their hand and eye coordination and fine motor skills, as glue together small pieces of paper to complete their collage.
4 Patriotic Snack
Engage the children in making a simple patriotic snack, such as fruit skewers with red and blue berries. Provide strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and skewers. Help the children thread the berries onto the skewers to create colorful and tasty treats. You can also prepare cupcakes and have your little one help in decorating them with blue and red icing and sprinkles! Yum!
5 Storytime Theater
If you have more than one child at home or a small group of kids, the storytime theater is a great idea to keep them busy and happy! You can select a patriotic-themed story or book (or one you have told them before), and encourage the kids to act it out as a mini-theater production! Provide them with simple props and costumes, and let their creativity shine as they bring the story to life through dramatic play. This is a great help in developing their social and communication skills.
Remember to adapt these activities to the age and developmental level of the preschoolers, ensuring they are safe and enjoyable for everyone involved. These hands-on activities will help preschoolers learn about American symbols, colors, and traditions while having fun and engaging in imaginative play.
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