Children have been in school all year. Now it’s time for that last school bell to ring and students to get out for the summer. What’s the first party they are going to look forward to attending? A 4th of July party of course! Here are several reasons why children love the 4th of July.
1. Summer fun in the sun. Ah, the warm rays of the sun shining down while running around and playing. Cooling off with lemonade drinks and watermelon. Summer is the time kids look forward to all year. They are out of school ready to enjoy lazy days of sleeping in and playing outdoors. Since the 4th of July is smack dab in the middle of summer, it stands to reason that kids love a party in the middle of that summer fun.
2. Water play. What is more fun than splashing around all day long? Pool, lake, ocean fun- it doesn’t matter to kids. They just want to get wet. Applying proper sunblock repeatedly throughout the day can keep kids going and going. One thing is for sure, they will be ready to go to bed at bedtime! Water parties are a sure way to go on the 4th of July.
3. History lesson. If done properly, the 4th of July can be about so much more than parties. Incorporating an interactive history lesson in the middle of the party can keep kids aware of the reason we celebrate the 4th of July. Costume contests, plays, singing the National Anthem are just some ways to incorporate history into the 4th of July.
4. Things that go boom! Fireworks, need I say more? Children love fireworks! Flashing lights and a big boom in the sky is like magic to these little patriotic munchkins. It’s an even better idea to teach them why fireworks is used to celebrate July 4th and what it represents. Ultimately though, kids just love things that go boom!
5. Family time. This may not be something that children consciously think about but family time spent together on the 4th of July is special to them. Being able to see friends and family and play is one of the most special traditions that a child can have.
6. Food! Food! Food! Why say more? Kids love food. The more creative and fun food the better. This is a time when children can taste a variety of treats and indulge in their sweet tooth.
7. Opportunity to show off by putting on a play, reading a poem, singing the national anthem. If done right, this can really be a wonderful idea. Not only is it a fun memory but it is a way to teach children about the history of our nation.
8. Make things. Having a station where kids can craft and make art is a wonderful addition to any 4th of July party. It also keeps them very busy! Lay out red, white and blue paints and a long roll of paper on a table. Then let the kids paint and draw on the same big piece of paper. When done use it as a banner that all of your guests can take a picture under. Instant memory maker!
9. Games. This is a no-brainer. Children love games. Games are the most effective tool in teaching kids a variety of things that range from teamwork to critical thinking skills.
10. Memories. This is perhaps the most important aspect for kids. Great 4th of July parties can cement wonderful memories in children’s minds for the rest of their lives.
Well, there you go! Children can enjoy the 4th of July more than most. It all depends on how much effort is put into it and the amount of friends and family that can come together to make it special.