There are plenty of crafts and activities for a preschool teacher to utilize within the classroom to educate children on the importance of celebrating Independence Day. These fun projects can be completed on the days leading up to the 4th of July.
Flag Fruit Pizza
Creating a fruit pizza in the shape of a flag is a great way to get children working together. As an added bonus, they will have a sweet treat to eat when the activity is complete. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and roll out some pre-made sugar cookie dough in the shape of a rectangle. Bake the dough in an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a total of 15 minutes. After it cools, spread a layer of cream cheese on top. Finally, instruct the students to place blueberries in the upper left-hand corner and then create alternate rows of red (strawberries) and white (bananas) from the top to the bottom to finish forming the flag.
Patriotic torches are a great toy for kids to wave around while signing songs like “America the Beautiful.” Show the children how to roll a white piece of construction paper up into a cone. Tape the edges so that the cone retains its shape. Add thin strips of red and blue crepe paper to the cone by taping one edge on the inside and allowing each piece of paper to hang out of the torch. Decorate the rest of the cone with star stickers.
Bald Eagle Handprint Art
Once you’ve given the preschool children a little lesson on the bald eagle and its significance as our country’s national bird, help the kids create a bald eagle using their handprints. Dip each child’s left and right hand in brown paint and then press them down on a piece of blue construction paper so that the fingers stick out to the left and to the right with the palms meeting in the middle. Next, paint one thumb white and press it down above the center of the brown bald eagle’s body. This forms the head. The tip of a paintbrush can be used to add a black dot for an eye and a yellow triangle for the beak.
Bubble Wrap Fireworks
Fireworks are big and colorful, and beloved by many preschoolers. Lead your students in recreating one by cutting up sheets of bubble wrap into long thin rectangles. The kids can use markers of all colors to dye the bubble wrap strips. All that’s left is to lay the strips on top of each other in different angles. Staple the center of each creation for the little ones, as they aren’t old enough quite yet to use the stapler on their own.
Independence Day Noodle Necklace
Pre-paint one box of dry ziti noodles white, another red, and a third one blue. Give each preschool student a string that is large enough to become a necklace, and show them how to thread the string through each noodle. Once the string is full of red, white, and blue noodles, tie the ends together in a knot. The necklace is now ready to wear.
After the kids have had a chance to decorate the classroom with their artwork, the pieces can be sent home for parents to enjoy.