It’s here already: the 4th of July! Are you looking forward to family time, food and fireworks? Will you be going on vacation with your children for Independence Day? We have great options for learning on the beach so your little ones can understand the importance of the holiday while having fun at the same time! Here are a few fast facts about the holiday so children will understand why America celebrates the 4th of July:
Facts on Independence Day:
- Congress approved the Declaration of Independence all the way back in 1776 when America was first established as a nation!
- The name “Independence Day” was first used in 1791, fifteen years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
- America held its first Fourth of July celebration in Eastport, Maine in 1820.
- Today, many Americans celebrate with barbeques, parades, picnics and fireworks!
Now for the fun! Here are three ways to keep little ones learning on the beach:
1). Alphabet Bean Bags!
Many families hit the beach and throw horseshoes for the fourth. Here is a way for little ones to get involved! Alphabet Bean Bags provide hands-on play for preschoolers, allowing them to engage in alphabet games, build words, and learn letters as they throw and catch beanbags. See if they can pick out the letters to a word like “picnic” and then work on gross-motor skills by trying to toss them to a line drawn in the sand. The words games are endless!
2) Number Sand Molds!
Who knew playing in the sand could add up? Number Sand Molds provide an inexpensive way to get tots engaged with math on the beach. Let them dig in and make number molds to build their own equations. You will have to check the answers, of course!
3) Memory Match Clams
Break out these durable toys for tons of water fun! Memory Match Clams challenge children’s memory skills and hand-eye coordination as they try to remember which clams have the matching sea creatures inside. Dig a hole in the sand and fill it with water with your fun floating memory game to keep children entertained for hours!
For even more sand and water play, check out our full toy selection here.
We hope you and your little ones have a great Independence Day! Enjoy learning games on the beach during the day and a beautiful display of independence during the night. Have a great 4th of July!