Happy Independence Day! I intend to spend the rest of this week working on an Independence Day/July 4th unit with my preschooler. You can find lots of free resources online to help you teach your young learner about Independence Day, and I have culled from the Internet some of the best of those resources here:
- July 4th counting cards by Blessed Beyond a Doubt: I do see a couple of errors in the last page of these cards, but my preschooler caught the error, so I used the error as a “teachable moment.”
- July 4th preschool scissor practice by Blessed Beyond a Doubt: My preschooler’s motor skills are a little behind her verbal skills, so I was very thankful to see these. In fact, my preschooler had never successfully cut a (relatively) straight line until we used these.
- 4th of July pre-K pack by Over the Big Moon: I used these pages to introduce the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty to my preschooler. I appreciated, too, that the number pages include the numbers as written words rather than only cardinal numbers.
- July 4th coloring pages by Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading: I particularly like the “color by letter and “color by sight word” pages in this set.
- 4th of July preschool printable pack by Blessed Beyond a Doubt: This pack has a lot of variety in it, and my daughter enjoyed the activities, especially circling the smallest and largest items.
- 4th of July preschool unit by A Teaching Mommy (formerly 2 Teaching Mommies): My favorite part of this set is the size sorting and sequencing activities. My preschooler and I are working on comparatives and superlatives, so these were very helpful.
- 4th of July calendar card facts from 1+1+1=1: These may be a little advanced for my young one, but I am using them anyway because I think these would help with learning about the origins of the United States.
I have not tried the following resources yet, whether because I had similar resources already printed or because they were too advanced for my preschooler. Nonetheless, they look promising:
- Patriotic pronouns and prepositions by Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC
- July 4th dot marker printables by Free Homeschool Deals via 3 Dinosaurs
- July 4th worksheets for beginning readers by Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
- July 4th writing prompts (K-2) by Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
- Flag Number Cards at Teacher’s Notebook (registration required) from Preschool Powol Packets
- Preschool 4th of July pack at Teacher’s Notebook (registration required) from Little Adventures Preschool
Some more ideas: I would suggest checking out the compilation of kids 4th of July crafts over at Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading for some fun and creative ideas of art projects and crafts to do with your little ones. You can find some great sensory bin ideas and other similar activities at Counting Coconuts. And you can wrap up your unit with a parade and/or a birthday party for the United States; check out those ideas and more at Beautiful in His Time.
As a final note, just in case you have a child with special needs–or any child, really, who may get a little anxious about the fireworks, check out six tips for dealing with sensitive kids and fireworks by Growing Hands-on Kids.
Note: If you offer free July 4th/Independence Day resources on your blog and would like those to be included in this compilation, please contact me. At this time, I do not include in my unit compilations premium resources or resources where numerous files must be downloaded individually unless the user has a premium account (sorry, but I don’t have time for that, and I suspect other parents do not either). My intention is to update this compilation each year, so even if your resources were not listed when I first published it in 2016, I would be glad to add them for later years.