This summer marks the 232nd birthday of the United States of America and as the summer heat encroaches and a presidential election looms ahead, I reflect back on my childhood where outdoor picnics and sparklers brought so much joy. Why not try a little old fashioned fun at your Montessori Classroom Fourth of July celebration?
Fourth of July Celebrations and Activities for the Montessori ClassroomThe Fourth of July conjures up many fond memories. Growing up, we had barbeques at my grandparents with hand churned homemade ice cream. Then, we’d pile into the car and head for the big fireworks celebrations where we’d spread picnic blankets on the ground, eagerly anticipating the spectacular bursts of color and the chorus of the “oooooohhhhh’s” and “ahhhhhhhhhh’s” around us. I remember celebrating the bicentennial in 1976, when my sister and I proudly wore matching patriotic outfits that my grandmother had stitched for us. I felt like we were making history, celebrating the 200th birthday of our country. Another year, my family went camping in Utah for the Fourth. We spent that afternoon watching the most wondrous lightning storm, thinking even nature was taking part in the celebration.
This homemade lemonade recipe is one that children of all ages can help prepare; younger children can slice strawberries and juice lemons using a hand juicer, and older children can make the simple syrup.
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
What You Need:
- Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
- Juice of 6 freshly-squeezed lemons (1 cup)
- 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and halved
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 sliced lemon, for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Prepare Simple Syrup in advance and refrigerate.
- Puree sliced strawberries in a blender.
- In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice, strawberries and sugar and cold Simple Syrup.
- Add water, lemon slices, and ice cubes; stir until well blended.
- Serve in tall glasses over ice. Yields approximately 6 cups.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Egg and Spoon Race
- Three Legged Race
- Sack Race
- Scavenger Hunt (include items related to 4th of July, such as mini flag)
Patriotic Wind Sock
What You Need:
- A cylindrical cardboard oatmeal container
- Construction paper (blue and white)
- Red and white crepe paper streamers
- Hole punch
- Cut the bottom off a cylindrical cardboard oatmeal container. Cover the container with blue construction paper and then glue on white construction paper stars.
- Cut some red and white crepe paper streamers and glue or staple them to one end of the wind sock.
- Punch four holes along the top of the wind sock.
- Cut two pieces of string about a foot long. Tie the strings to the wind sock (tie the opposite ends of a string to holes on opposite sides of the cylinder).
- Tie a longer piece of string to the smaller pieces - you'll hang the wind sock from this piece of string.
- Hang your patriotic wind sock from your window or porch.
For Fourth of July lesson plans and crafts, visit the American Montessori Consulting website .
Whatever your plans for the 4th of July, it’s a day to celebrate being together as a family. Create some memories together and be ready to laugh and play. It’s going to be a great day!
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, July 4, 2008.