Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love the patriotic colors that stream through the neighborhoods and stores. I love the sound of the American flag flapping in a gentle wind. And I love celebrating with good food and better friends. The Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year, and so does my family.
In preparation for all the festivities to come, Corinne and I made some red, white and blue Fourth of July bracelets. Corinne is always wearing necklaces and bracelets (and hair bows), so she loved the idea of making patriotic bracelets. (Although she was not the only one who loved wearing them. So did Kent!)
Not only was this a great fine motor activity, but I also snuck in some math. You know how I love to integrate one set of skills with another. This activity was no different. She practiced patterning with the three colors of beads, but they are not your typical AB patterns. They took some planning, which is great because planning and thinking ahead is an important part of developing critical thinking skills that are required for mathematics.
To read more about this Fourth of July themed fine motor and math activity, and to read some some of my secrets in helping preschoolers in patterning projects, hop on over to Playdough to Plato where you can read my full post about making Fourth of July bracelets.
Books about the Fourth of July
The following are some books we have in our home library about the Fourth of July, as well as some we look forward to checking out from the library each year.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.