Fourth of July and Summer Kids Activities
symbols of America
Children will learn about American symbols.
- Pictures of American symbols
- Printing paper
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils
There are many symbols that represent America. Show pictures of some of the American symbols, such as the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, and the Liberty Bell. Talk about the symbols with your children and then let them make a booklet about the symbols.
The first American flag had thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on a blue field. Stars have been added to the flag as new states have joined the Union. The flag currently has fifty stars. Red signifies courage; white signifies purity and innocence; and blue signifies perseverance and justice.
The bald eagle is the national symbol of the United States. It is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle was made the national symbol of the United States in 1782. The bald eagle symbolizes strength, freedom, courage, and immortality.
The Liberty Bell is a symbol of freedom. The Liberty Bell rang during the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is rung on every Fourth of July.
National Floral Emblem
The rose became the national flower in 1986. It is a symbol of love and beauty.
Uncle Sam, a figure symbolizing the United States, is portrayed as a tall, white-haired man with a goatee. He is often dressed in red, white, and blue, and wears a top hat.
Statue of Liberty
Located in New York, the Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom throughout the world. It was a gift from the people of France.
Water Balloon Toss
Fill red, white, and blue balloons with water. Have children form teams of two and give each pair a balloon. Have each pair face each other and gently toss the balloons back and forth. Have children take a step back after each toss. The team that tosses the its balloon the furthest without it breaking is the winner.
Variation: Give each pair two balloons, one to each player, and have them toss their balloons at the same time.