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
- What is the best part (in your opinion) about the United States? Have you lived elsewhere? Why did you end up here?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.)?
- As 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Paper “windsock” (4th activity on the linked page)
- Salt or daisy fireworks (#27)
- Popsicle stick flags
- Tin can firecrackers
- Stars and stripes wind chime
- Snappers and sparklers with cup guards
- frozen fizzy stars using shaped ice cube trays and baking soda
- firework bubbles/ shaving cream fireworks
- Adaptive baseball
- Red, white, and blue bean bags/ cornhole this takes some serious construction, but would be reusable
- 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.
- 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
- Chemistry coloring sheet, patriotic mandala 1, patriotic mandala 2 with red, white and blue crayons, etc.
- Independence day crossword
- History binder printables- place in sheet protectors in a binder for residents to look at during downtime.
- Battle of Trenton
- Battle of Bunker Hill
- Siege of Yorktown
- Battles of Lexington and Concord
- Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
- The Philadelphia Campaign
- Transcript of Declaration of Independence
- Declaration PDF
- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
- George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation (scanned pdf of original journal, rules start on page 13)
Independent- Moderate-Severe Cognitive Impairment
- Sensory bottles
- US Flag coloring page
- 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.
- Who took the famous “midnight ride”? Paul Revere
- Who said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry
- Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key
- Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson
- Name the 3 “unalienable rights.” Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
- Where are these found? The Preamble
- Who is thought to have sewn the first flag, as we know it? Betsy Ross
- Who was on posters saying, “I WANT YOU”? Uncle Sam
- The United States declared independence from England on July 4th, 1976. What day was the Declaration of Independence signed? August 2, 1776
- Where was it signed? Philadelphia
- Find the difference and odd one out
- 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
- American symbols word search
Word in a word
- Yankee Doodle
- Star- Spangled Banner
Wheel of Fortune
- Yankee Doodle Dandy
- Mount Rushmore
- Declaration of Independence
BINGO using this website
Musical: Yankee Doodle Dandy
Travel: Mount Rushmore
Worship: Patriotic Hymns
Documentary: George Washington
Classic/ Family: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington