July Activities- Independence Day

With July soon to be upon us, I have many of my events planned for the month, including LOTS of Fourth of July themed activities.

Thought for the month

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” –Ben Franklin

Social Circle

  1. What is the best part (in your opinion) about the United States? Have you lived elsewhere? Why did you end up here?
  2. How did you and your family celebrate the 4th of July? Discuss air, car, and fireworks shows, camping and fishing, parades, baseball games, patriotic concerts, flag ceremonies, etc.
  3. Read the Preamble and discuss it’ importance. How has it’s meaning changed from the time it was written until now? What other important documents represent this country?
  4. Show photos of the evolution of the flag, like found below. Discuss the symbolism of each version. Which version is your favorite? Did you fly a flag? What does the flag mean to you? What are some other names for the flag (Old glory, Red, White and Blue, Star- Spangled Banner, etc.)?
  5. FlagsAs American as… Discuss this phrase and remember some symbols of America and its culture: Uncle Sam, Old Glory, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, Mt. Rushmore, Coca-cola, apple pie, bbq, baseball, etc.

Music

  1. Listen to Sousa marches, old fife and drum pieces, and other patriotic songs, Yankee Doodle Dandy or You’re a Grand Old Flag. Sing and march along.
  2. Listen to traditional patriotic hymns: America the Beautiful, God Bless America, My Country Tis of Thee, Star-Spangled Banner, etc. Print lyrics for these and have residents sing along.
  3. Honor our veterans by listening to the themes of our branches of the military, like Anchor’s Away, the Marines Hymn, Semper Paratus, Reville, Taps, etc.

Arts and Crafts

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  1. Paper “windsock” (4th activity on the linked page)
  2. Salt or daisy fireworks (#27)
  3. Popsicle stick flags
  4. Tin can firecrackers
  5. Stars and stripes wind chime

Sensory

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  1. Snappers and sparklers with cup guards
  2. frozen fizzy stars using shaped ice cube trays and baking soda
  3. firework bubbles/ shaving cream fireworks

Active

  1. Adaptive baseball
  2. Red, white, and blue bean bags/ cornhole  this takes some serious construction, but would be reusable
  3. Firework “Launching” contest- paper rocket throwing contest- make several paper bottle rockets and give one to each participant, asking them to throw them as far as they can.

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Intergenerational

  1. plan a patriotic parade with area children, line the hallways with residents and hand out small flags to wave and noisemakers

Independent- Mild Cognitive Impairment

  1. Chemistry coloring sheetpatriotic mandala 1, patriotic mandala 2 with red, white and blue crayons, etc.
  2. Independence day crossword
  3. History binder printables- place in sheet protectors in a binder for residents to look at during downtime.

Independent- Moderate-Severe Cognitive Impairment

  1. Sensory bottles
  2. US Flag coloring page
  3. Patriotic photos binder, print or find vintage photos patriotic scenes, and place in sheet protectors in a binder for residents to look at during downtime.

Trivia

  1. Who took the famous “midnight ride”? Paul Revere
  2.  Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry
  3. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key
  4. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
  5. Name the 3 “unalienable rights.” Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
  6. Where are these found? The Preamble
  7. Who is thought to have sewn the first flag, as we know it? Betsy Ross
  8. Who was on posters saying, “I WANT YOU”? Uncle Sam
  9. The United States declared independence from England on July 4th, 1976. What day was the Declaration of Independence signed? August 2, 1776
  10. Where was it signed? Philadelphia

Snacks

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  1. Red, white, and blue nachos
  2. Firecracker popcorn
  3. Strawberries dipped in almond bark and blue sugar

Brain Games

  1. Find the difference and odd one out
  2. Patriotic matching game, or search the internet for patriotic photos and print 2 copies of each, then cut and place on a table or board upside down
  3. American symbols word search

Word in a word

  1. Yankee Doodle
  2. Star- Spangled Banner
  3. Independence

Wheel of Fortune

  1. Yankee Doodle Dandy
  2. Mount Rushmore
  3. Declaration of Independence

BINGO using this website

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4th of July BINGO (print from the web here)

4th of July Calling Cards (print from the web here)

Movies

Musical: Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Travel: Mount Rushmore

Mt Rushmore

Worship: Patriotic Hymns

The Spirit of America

Documentary: George Washington

George Washington

Comedy: 1776

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Classic/ Family: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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