My children love to celebrate holidays. All holidays. But especially Independence Day.
Yesterday, when my daughter realized it was the day before the 4th of July and I (shame, shame) hadn’t put up any decorations, she immediately went to work searching the house for anything red, white, and blue.
She was determined to celebrate!
She found an appropriate-colored tissue paper banner, which she hung over the door.
A red and white-checked, fabric-covered wood star was removed from a shelf and placed in a wooden basket on the kitchen table.
Her sewing kit came out, along with a pair of scissors which started snipping away at some rusty red fabric. “I’m sewing a flag,” she said, with determination in her voice. She wasn’t able to finish sewing the flag in time, but she did make sure that her dad hung a flag in our front yard.
My son set to work making a flag out of paper, complete with an eagle, and the handwritten words (which I’ll always cherish), “America, America, God shed His grace on me, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea“.
Another daughter proudly displayed her Q-Bits flag.
Fortunately, I came through at the last minute (think 2 am this morning) with a fun family breakfast activity. I came across this “Do This for 10-minutes on the Fourth of July” idea from Dennis Prager’s website and ran with it!
We didn’t have the exact items the activity called for but, as luck would have it, I found items that would work in a pinch.
I printed off the narration pages and the Declaration of Independence (well, if you look closely at the picture you’ll see I actually printed off the Constitution, but hey, the kids didn’t seem to mind), then rounded up some salty pistachios instead of pretzels, iced chamomile tea instead of iced tea, coconut cream instead of whipped cream, and a coin, and put everything on the table.
Next up? Pancakes. The kids rarely get pancakes so I knew it would be a fun treat for them. Plus, we needed something to put the berries and cream on, right?!
Here’s what we ended up with. Far from perfect, but it would have to do.
While I was SUPER tired and felt like everything was just thrown together, my kids thought it was the best thing ever!
We read through the simple reader’s theater-syle presentation, then enjoyed our very patriotic breakfast while continuing our discussion of America.
“That was so neat, Mom!” my daughter said, when she had taken her last bite of pancake. “Thanks for putting it together.”
I smiled and sighed and fell into my seat.
Another family holiday memory in the books.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to take a nap.
When was the last time you threw together an activity for Independence Day and were glad you did?
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