Fourth of July themed preschool lesson plans. Arts and crafts, games, math, science, group time activities, songs and snack ideas.

The Best of Totline Newsletter - has many great activities for themes

Flag Art I:
Obtain a large piece of white butcher paper. You will also need blue paper, red and white paint and star shaped sponges. Have the children glue on the blue square to the upper left hand side of the paper. You will then have them use the star shaped sponges in the white paint to make the stars. Then, use the red paint to paint each child's hands and then make the red stripes of the flag with their hand prints.
Variation I: Use silver star stickers instead of sponge painting.
Variation II: Use smaller pieces of paper and have each child do their own using their fingerprints to make the red stripes.
Variation III: Paint the lines red instead of using hand prints.

Torn Paper Flags:
Click here to see an example.
Buy the stars here.
Supply the children with blue, red and white paper. Have the children make a flag by tearing the paper and gluing it onto another piece of paper.
Variation I: Let the children use silver star stickers for the stars.

Fireworks:
Click here to see an example.
You will need: watered down non-toxic paint, paper, pipettes and straws. Supply each child with a straw and a piece of paper. Allow the children to use the pipette (or medicine dropper NOT GLASS) to place a small amount of paint onto a piece of paper. They may use as many colors as they wish. Then, have them use the straw to blow the paint around their picture.

Fireworks Murals
From The Best of Totline Book, see ad on the top of the page. See page 200

Yarn Painting
Click here to see an example
This one is a lot of fun, and has great results. Set out a piece of yarn for each color of paint you intend to use. Have the child dip the yarn in one color of paint (red or blue), and run it across the paper. Use a new piece of string for a different color.

Sticker Stars
Supply the children with star shaped stickers to place on another piece of paper. This activity is great for fine motor skills!

Decorate Stars
Cut out star shaped for the children and have them decorate the shapes with markers, crayons, pens, paint, glitter, torn paper or create your own ideas with materials you have .

My Own Flag
Have the children create their own flag with 4 by 6 piece of construction paper, torn paper and glue. Add an unsharpened pencil so they can hold and wave their flag.

Star Art:
Cut out star shaped for the children and have them decorate the shapes with markers, crayons, pens, paint, glitter, torn paper or create your own ideas with materials you have.

Sticker Star Art:
Supply the children with star shaped stickers to place on another piece of paper. This activity is great for fine motor skills!

Red, White and Blue Art:
Supply the children with red and blue crayons to color on white paper.

Red White and Blue Art II
Supply the children with red and blue paint to paint on white paper.

Stars and Stripes
Supply the children with red and blue paint and star and stripe (long thin) sponges to create a sponge print picture.

Forth of July Wands
Each child will need a unsharpened pencil or dowel and a few pieces of red and blue streamers and tape. Have the child tape the streamers onto the pencil, they may also add star stickers on the pencil for decoration.

Paper Plate streamers fun
Each child will need red and blue crayons or markers, two paper plates, red and blue streamers and tape. Cut out the center of both paper plates. Have the children decorate the top of one paper plate and the bottom of the other with the crayons or markers. Then on the side of one plate that is not decorated have them tape on many streamers. Place the other plate on top of the first so that the two decorated sides are on the outside and the streamers are on the inside. Tape closed. Have the children dance with their streamer plates.

Red or Blue Goop
Mix 2 cups water with a little red or blue food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make goop.

Balloon Prints
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of red and blue colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. Let your child mix the colors, or use one color at a time. This is messy, but the results are wonderful.

Bubble Art
Supply the children with a bowl with bubble mix in it and a straw with a hole near the top to prevent children from sucking the soap up. Have the children blow into the straw while it is in the bowl creating bubbles. Then, have the child place a drop of red or blue food coloring on the top of the bubbles and quickly press a piece of paper on the top of the bubbles to create bubble prints.

Torn Paper Stars
Draw a star shape on a piece of paper. Provide the children with paper to tear and glue inside the star shape.

Star Rubbings
Cut Star shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these stars to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the stars and rub a crayon over the star.

Shaving Cream Art
Add a drop of red or blue food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white piece of paper.

Star Shaped Potatoe Prints
Cut a large potatoe in half. You will need a star shaped cookie cutter that will fit on the potatoe half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potatoe. Then, using a knife, cut the potatoe around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a star shaped potatoe stamp. Supply the children with the potatoe stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Star Necklaces
Supply the children with star shaped beads and yarn. You can also have the children cut out star shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Bingo Dabber Art
Draw a star on a large piece of paper and have the children decorate it with bingo dabbers.

Star Stencil Art
Provide the children with star stencils to trace. They may use markers, glitter, paint, crayons.. etc to decorate the shapes.

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. You can make star pictures by using star cookie cutters, and colored paper.

Picture Matching 
Find Forth of July stickers. Place 2 identical stickers on the left and right sides of an index card. Cut the index in half, cut in a jig-jag form. Use a highlighter to highlight the edges. Do this with many different stickers. Have the child match the stickers, and line up the two halves of the index card.

Lacing Cards
Cut colored posterboard into a star shape and punch holes around the edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.

Stamping Patterns
Use different star rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Bean bag toss
Have your child toss bean bags into a box with star or red wrapping paper on it. You can use masking tape to mark where the child should stand.

Star Sizing
Cut out many different sized stars. Ask the children to line up the stars from largest to smallest.

Star Numbers 
Cut out ten star shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the shapes from one to ten.

Star Colors 
Cut out many star shapes from different colors. Ask the children to sort the stars by color.

Discussion:
Talk about the reason we celebrate the Forth of July. Sing the "Star Spangled Banner" Explain the words and meanings of the song. Sing "America the Beautiful"

Flag match game:
Obtain pictures of the flags of the world. Make two color copies of each (they need to be about the same size) Then glue each flag to an index card and play memory.

Flag Talk:
Show the pictures of many flags to the class. Name a few of the countries the flags belong to. Ask the children which is their favorite. Why do they like it?

Name that Flag:
Have the children guess which flag belongs to which country. Start with just a few for the young ones.. like Us and Canada or Mexico.

Find that Shape:
Show the children a variety of different flags. What shapes do you see in the flag?

Find that Color:
Show the children a variety of different flags. What colors do you see in the flag?

I spy a Flag Game
Show the children a variety of different flags. Then give clues.. like "I spy a flag with a green rectangle." Keep giving clues until the children can tell you which flag you have chosen.

Bean Bag Toss
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut One or two star shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard bluek, white and red. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the star shaped holes.

Star Hop
Cut out large heart shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one heart to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.

Yankee Doodle (song)
You can hear the song and see the lyrics at Kididdles

This is July
From The Best of Totline Book, see ad on the top of the page. Pg 218

Fireworks in the Sky
From The Best of Totline Book, see ad on the top of the page. Pg. 218
Sung to: Row your Boat
Boom, crack, whistle, pop!
Fireworks in the sky.
See them lighting up the night,
On the Fourth of July.
Red, blue, gold, and green,
With fireworks we say,
Happy Birthday, America,
It's Independence Day!

Beat a Drum
From The Best of Totline Book, see ad on the top of the page. Pg 218
Sung to: Clementine
Beat a drum, march along,
Give a cheer, Hip, hip, hooray!
Wave a flag, sing a song.
Happy Independence Day!
See the fireworks in the sky,
Give a sheer, Hip, hip, hooray!
Happy Birthday to America.
How we love the USA.

Wave A Flag
From The Best of Totline Book, see ad on the top of the page. See page 219
Sung to: "Did You Ever See a Lassie!"
Did you ever wave a flag,
A flag, a flag?
Did you ever wave a flag,
For your country?
Wave this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Did you ever wave a flag,
For your country?

Colors in a Flag
Talk about our flag and the colors in the flag. The stripes are red and white, the stars are white and the rectangle is blue.

Water Day
Children bring in bathing suit, towel, super soakers, water toys and sunscreen
Provide the children with sprinklers to play in.
Spray the kids gently with the hose.
Provide buckets and paint brushes for the children to paint with water.
Bring the water table outside.

Flag Parade
The children can march in a mini parade with the flags they made in art.. see below. The parade can be held outside or they can walk around to the other classsrooms inside.