How the heck do we introduce topics like America's birthday and the founding of our nation to young children? My quick answer is to find ways to hook them into the stories. Art activities work best with most young children in achieving this hook!
My sons are almost 4 and almost 2.5 years old. They understand that certain symbols, like a flag and statues, represent countries . The Statue of Liberty particularly resonates with them because their dad travels to New York City several times a year. So I wanted to complete a few Statue of Liberty related art activities.
To start we read a few children's books (age 3-5 years old) on Independence Day:
Art Activities for Kids
Art Project #1
Art Project #2
Process: Find and print out a Statue of Liberty FREE printable online, use your x-acto knife to cut out the Statue of Liberty only, then tape the template onto the poster board. I used dobbers so that my 2.5 year old could feel a part of this project. You could use paint, crayons, markers, etc, whatever will work with your child. Once your child is done, pull the template off the poster board to see the Statue of Liberty and display. I love how abstract this artwork appears upon completion.
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