Tot School: Celebrating America

USA-flag -map

So a friend asked Fairley to participate in a fun book swap, which gave me the idea to do a little unit on American geography. I’m super excited about that unit (details in an upcoming blog post), but first – I thought we shouldn’t miss this opportunity to celebrate and learn about America with the upcoming holiday of the 4th of July. I think this is going to be such a fun unit and also a great segue in to our social studies unit of geography (for the second half of July).

Also, just to clarify – all of these great ideas are just a compilation of other mom’s/educator’s ideas. I have provided the link to the original website/blog when possible. Also, my structure is a little more Montessori-based in form for this unit and differs slightly from the planning I typically do (but still seems really fun and educational!)

Books:

Celebrate the 50 States

By Leedy, Loreen(Paperback – 1999 )

Apple Pie 4th of July

By Wong, Janet S.(Paperback – 2006 )

Fourth of July Mice!

By Roberts, Bethany(Book – 2004 )

Sensory:

-4th of July Baking Soda Sensory Play

4th of July Baking Soda Science Sensory Play (from Little Bins for Little Hands)

Shaving Cream and Paint Fireworks

shaving cream and paint fireworks

Fine Motor:

-Patriotic Pom Pom Transfer

Patriotic Pom Pom Transfer

Stringing Stars

(Also great for color recognition and patterning)

Water Bead Balancing

4th of July Montessori trays - put the water beads on the golf tees || Gift of Curiosity

Math:

Star Patterns

Star Sequencing/Patterning

Star-Themed Shades of Color

4th of July Montessori trays - star-themed shades of color activity || Gift of Curiosity

Shadow Matching

4th of July Montessori trays - shadow matching || Gift of Curiosity

Plant a Flag

4th of July Montessori trays - plant a flag || Gift of Curiosity

Dramatic Play:

Statue of Liberty Crown

Free Printable Statue of Liberty Crown at PagingSupermom.com

Art:

Fireworks Art

Older Toddler - Preschool Summer Fireworks Project . Perfect for 4th of July

Flag Craft

4th of july toddler 004pm 300x255 4th of july toddler crafts

Star Stamping

Easy 4th Of July Craft - No Time For Flash Cards

Snack:

Star-shaped pancakes and red, white, and blue fruit

4th of July breakfast idea for toddlers

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