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Celebrating Independence Day with Toddlers and Preschoolers

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The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a special occasion that brings families and communities together to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. It’s a time of patriotism, fireworks, and festivities. If you’re a parent of a toddler or a preschool teacher, you might be wondering how to make this day meaningful and enjoyable for the little ones in your care. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! In this blog, we’ll explore some fantastic ideas and activities that will engage, educate, and entertain your toddlers and preschoolers this 4th of July.

Fun Activities for a Memorable 4th of July!

  1. Red, White, and Blue Crafts: Get creative with your little ones by engaging them in simple crafts that celebrate the colors of the American flag. Some ideas include making patriotic windsocks, handprint American flags, or using red, white, and blue paint to create firework art. These crafts not only enhance fine motor skills but also introduce the concept of national symbols in a fun and interactive way.
  2. Parade Fun: Organize a mini 4th of July parade with your toddler or preschooler and their friends. Encourage them to decorate their tricycles, wagons, or scooters with streamers, flags, and balloons. Play patriotic music and march together, celebrating the spirit of independence. This activity promotes socialization, gross motor skills, and a sense of community.
  3. Sensory Play: Engage the senses of your little ones by setting up a 4th of July-themed sensory play station. Fill a water table or large container with red, white, and blue water beads, rice, or pasta. Add small American flags or miniature figurines for added play value. This sensory experience encourages tactile exploration, imaginative play, and color recognition.
  4. Outdoor Games: Take advantage of the summer weather by organizing outdoor games for your toddlers and preschoolers. Set up a relay race with mini American flags as batons or create a patriotic-themed scavenger hunt where children can search for hidden stars, flags, or other Independence Day symbols. These activities promote physical development, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.
  5. Healthy Flag Snacks: Prepare a patriotic snack that resembles the American flag, using healthy ingredients. For example, arrange strawberries and blueberries in the shape of the flag on a plate, with yogurt or cottage cheese as the white stripes. You can also create fruit skewers with alternating red and blue fruits. This snack not only encourages healthy eating habits but also introduces the concept of the flag’s colors and patterns.
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Conclusion: The 4th of July is a time to celebrate and create lasting memories with our loved ones. By incorporating these fun and engaging activities into your day, you can make this Independence Day an enjoyable experience for your toddlers and preschoolers. From crafts and parades to sensory play and outdoor games, these activities foster creativity, physical development, and a sense of patriotism. Embrace the spirit of independence and have a memorable 4th of July with your little ones!

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Traveling with Kids – The Best way to make holidays memorable!

We all know traveling with kids can be hard, but as parents we want these trips to be fun and memorable for our kids. The best way to make traveling trips with children memorable is to have a keepsake. The best keepsakes are those that give a true reflection of the trip. This can be a simple notebook or a journal designed for children to write and draw about the best and worst parts of their trip.

Every trip, whether long or short, has some down time. For parents this downtime can be a nightmare because we have to find an activity for kids to do, just to stop them from nagging or saying they are bored. Journal writing or drawing about a trip is the best downtime activity. Children can even read pages they completed months or a year ago, to reflect on their past trips. Check out “All the Places I Have Been: Kids Travel Journal“.

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All the places I have been is a travel journal for children.
All the places I have been is a travel journal for children.
All the places I have been is a travel journal for children.
All the places I have been is a travel journal for children.
All the places I have been is a travel journal for children.

This travel log was created by The Unabashed Traveler. Designed for children to document the travel days and vividly remember the big and small things about their childhood vacations.

The journal can easily fit in your carry-on luggage and is the perfect accessory to keep kids entertained during downtime.

Get it for only $6.50 USD on Amazon and $5.50 UK

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Groundhog’s Day Classroom Activities!

Groundhog's day

Reading books, arts & crafts, writing stories, and making themed treats are great classroom activities for Groundhog’s Day.

dirt pie recipe

For Groundhog’s Day make some “Dirt Pie”. Dirt Pie is a chocolate pudding with oreo cookies. Add some gummy worms to add to the groundhog digging theme and make the sweet treat even sweeter.

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25 Days of Christmas Children’s Books

Make Christmas educational and fun with this holiday tradition. Unwrap a book a day, read 25 children’s storybooks, one for each day in December before Christmas. To participate wrap 25 children’s picture books in gift wrap and let the children choose a book to unwrap every day. Read the book as a bedtime story or during a structural storytime. I enjoy the glow in a child’s eyes when they open up a gift, the glow is even brighter when they listen to a story about the magic of Christmas. This can be done at home, church, or a traditional school (please be understanding of parents who do not celebrate holidays if you plan to do a Christmas book reading event at your school). #25DaysofChristmasBooks

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An African American Christmas Book List

Celebrate a diverse Christmas with these storybooks for kids. These children’s picture books feature African American characters and even a black Santa. This list will help you celebrate the importance of Black characters and families depicted in a positive light through Christmas stories.

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Parker's elf

Parker’s Elf: A book about managing emotions by Martha Sylla Underwood

Determined to prove that he has mastered his emotions and is secretly guided by a magical Christmas elf, Parker journeys through a series of events to remind his parents of the lessons he’s learned.

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Danny's Christmas list

Danny’s Christmas List by Tieska Jumbo

When Danny and his family visit a local Christmas market, he finds himself in a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Santa.

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A piece of black cake for Santa

A Piece of Black Cake for Santa by Yolanda T. Marshall and illustrated by Subi Bosa

Femi and her friends plan to leave some traditional Caribbean treats out for Santa, including Black Cake.

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The night before christmas

The Night Before Christmas: An African American Retelling written by Noland Nixon and Illustrated by Angela Y. Nixon

A retelling of Clement Moore’s classic holiday poem, complemented with illustrations of African American characters.

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count with santa

Count with Santa: A fun Christmas Counting Book by Angela Y. Nixon

Count all of the gifts and toys that Santa will bring.

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Marcus and Mikayla wait for Santa

Marcus and Mikayla Wait for Santa: An African American Christmas Book for Kids by Sunny Mai

Children get to stay awake with Marcus and Mikayla as they wait for Santa.

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The Day Santa Got sick

The Day Santa Got Sick by Deanne Samuels and illustrated by Oliver Kryzz Bundoc

What happens if Santa can not drive the sleigh on Christmas eve? Read “The Day Santa Got Sick” to find out how toys are delivered when Santa is sick.

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I got the Christmas Spirit

I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison

Explore the joys of the holiday season with this beautifully illustrated book.

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Santa's Secret

Santa’s Secret by Britney Harris

In a fun-filled adventure to the North Pole Carson finds out that Santa has one huge magical secret.

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The Ultimate List of Fun and Adventurous Christmas Books for Kids

The Elf who couldn't read

Our 2021 Christmas book highlight is “The Elf who couldn’t Read” written by Sonica Ellis and illustrated by Harriet Rodis.

Perfectly themed for Christmas “The Elf who couldn’t Read” helps children overcome their reading fears as they go on a Christmas adventure with Jingles. Jingles is tasked with helping Santa read the Christmas list, however, Jingles does not know how to read yet. Young readers get to help Jingles sound out words. A well-written story that will keep children engaged during Christmas storytime.

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Hanukkah Joy in Children’s Picture Books – A list of Stories

Sometimes it is difficult to find winter holiday books that are not just about Santa. The books on this list will bring Hanukkah joy to children in the form of beautifully written and illustrated children’s books. Enjoy these Hanukkah books!


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Press Release “I is for Imani: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book”

I is for Imani

Unabashed Kids Media is happy to announce the release of “I is for Imani!: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book” written by Kerice Robinson. Learn about the celebration of Kwanzaa with this brightly colored holiday letter book. Children will go through each letter in the alphabet and learn how it relates to the principles of Kwanzaa.

“I is for Imani” teaches kids about Kwanzaa in a fun and easy to digest way. Simple ABCs of Kwanzaa book. The book has a word for every letter in the alphabet and relates the words to Kwanzaa. The book also gives a simple and kid-friendly definition of each word. Purchase on Amazon or Google Play.

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I is for Imani: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book
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