This week was pretty laid back around here. I didn’t really feel like prepping much for our 4th of July activities. I wanted a bit of a break myself. I got out some of the printables that I had made for our Memorial Day Unit, and didn’t make too many more for this one. Part of my problem is that I actually had multiple ideas, but didn’t have the manipulatives I had envisioned to go with them, and really just wanted to keep things simple this week. I’m pretty sure it’s time to visit some second hand shops!I also plan to return to our garden unit next week with a lot of flowers and plants works, which I think the Toddler will enjoy quite a bit. I am actually really looking forward to sharing that with all of you because most of the photos in that unit, I took myself!
Anyhow, let’s chat about this week’s unit: we worked on a red, white and blue theme again in honor of the Fourth of July. Here in the Netherlands, we won’t be having much of a celebration. Perhaps some grilling will happen, but obviously, there won’t be all of those beautiful fireworks you get to see in the US.
I still wanted to have a small unit to expose my son to the part of my background that is connected to the United States. As he gets older, I will use holidays like this to teach him some history, but for now, we focused on colors and the US flag. After all, he’s not even two yet!
As always, scroll down to the bottom of the post to get your free printables!
4th of July Activities
Flag and stars in florists foam
Long and short
I know this isn’t exactly Montessori – the sticks would need to be the same color to really focus on teaching about the different lengths. Interestingly enough, this was the first sorting activity during the week that the Toddler was really interested.
This USA puzzle was a perfect fit for our 4th of July activities theme!
Still on our shelves: open and close containers
Sadly, I didn’t get to making any sort of new language activity for the Toddler. I don’t feel too terrible about it as he does learn throughout the day, simply by spending time with me. Emptying out the dishwasher together has now taught him the names of silverware and plates, etc.