Patriotic holidays are some of my favorites. I loved the 4th of July growing up, because it was one holiday I could almost always count on seeing my cousins. They would come in town to visit our grandparents and stay for the huge fireworks show that night.
The show was so big, that people began setting up and “camping out” for the day around noon. People brought lawn chairs, pop-up tents for shade, their own portable grills to cookout, ice chests full of drinks, equipment for outdoor games, cards and so much more!
This was a tradition we held for years growing up. And even when some of us got married, it was the one time of year we traveled to be together. Now that we live miles apart with our own growing children, I miss those times with my family.
Living hundreds of miles apart doesn’t allow my children to spend those holidays with their cousins. In fact, for us most of the time they are just like any other day. So I do my best to make them a little more special to help us make memories.
I always take the day off work and we usually do a small cookout for just us. We often buy a special meat item (steak) and stuff to make their favorite treat, S’mores. Now that they are a little older, I thought we needed to add a little learning to our day. And what better way to learn on a holiday than with some fun, thematic STEM activities!
Make any patriotic holiday more exciting with these STEM activities!
Patriotic Paint Bombs | Schooling a Monkey
Fireworks in a Jar | I Can Teach My Child
Straw Rockets | Buggy and Buddy
Star Spangled Math Activities | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Independence Day Building Structures | Little Bins for Little Hands
Flag Pole STEM Activity | iGame Mom
Patriotic Ice Melt Activity | Little Bins for Little Hands
Patriotic Count and Clip Cards | The Kindergarten Connection
Patriotic Sensory Bottle | The Educator’s Spin on It
Patriotic Slime and Graphing Activity | JDaniel4’s Mom
STEM Straw Rockets | Buggy and Buddy
Confetti Fireworks | Schooling a Monkey
Cooking is a great STEM activity. Try these Patriotic Themed Recipes!
LEGO American Flag | Little Bins for Little Hands
Patriotic Flowers | Artful Parent
Fizzy Flag Activity | I Can Teach My Child
Build Your Own Graham Cracker White House | Joy in the World
DIY Patriotic Dyed Flowers | Artful Parent
Fluffy Patriotic Slime | Schooling a Monkey
Glow in the Dark 4th of July Sensory Bottles | Edventures
Red White & Blue Skittles Science | Little Bins for Little Hands
Film Canister Rocket Fireworks | Science Kiddo
Patriotic Surface Tension Experiment | All for the Boys
Patriotic STEAM Project: DIY Zoetrope Animation | Share it! Science
Patriotic Fizzing Dough | Simple Play Ideas
Optical Illusion American Flag Science Activity | Mommy Evolution
There are so many different experiments and STEM activities you could change and even adapt to be more patriotic. All you need is a little creativity and some red, white and blue colors to make it work!
If you just want all the STEM activities, check out these Electricity Projects your STEM children will love. They are sure to fire things up around the house!
And if your family loves playing STEM inspired games, this 3D Gridopolis STEM Game just might become your new family favorite!
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.