Trina Deboree
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3 Easy Steps to a Fantastic 4th of July Craft for Kids

Fourth of July is the perfect time to get kids excited about the birth of America. Amongst the party decorations and the 4th of July crafts, lap books are a fun addition.

Lap books are a great way to engage your children with content while adding some creativity to the learning process. Lap books are similar to interactive notebooks but can be more fun for kids. A lap book allows your children to have an organized product that they can learn from and in turn share with others. Lap books provide a creative collection of important and interesting information. 

Self-contained units of study
Encourages writing, drawing, and thinking
Can be used as a study guide or a portfolio
Great for sharing with family
Provide motivation for the reluctant learner

3 Easy Steps to a Fantastic 4th of July Craft for Kids

Lab book Steps:

1. Print and Copy All Pages

(There are choices of black and white or color.)

2. Put Together the Inside Components and Complete

Content-based vocabulary makes more sense to kids when it is learned in context. Words from Fourth of July history can be defined and an image can be used to represent the word.

The asking and answering question section also allows kids to reflect on the text. Higher level thinking skills are used to formulate questions about the topic. 

Mini-books include a Fourth of July Fun Facts and The History of 4th of July.  {Mini-books encourage writing and reflecting.}

Finally, the middle section How I Celebrate the 4th of July can be a meaningful written piece or a beautiful illustration expressing special moments between children and their families. This space can also be used as a place to collect photos in a scrapbook type fashion. Anything goes!

3. Create the Cover and Add the Head

We wait to do the cover last so that you can cover up the back side of the brads or the staples from the inside. This took me a couple of upset children to finally realize this step needed to come last! {Again there are choices for the cover.}

Now you have your fantastic 4th of July Craft for kids to make! You might even want to skip the Dollar Store and have a craft table at your next July 4th party! I hope your children enjoy this fun project!.

I would love to see pictures of your final product. Be sure to snap a few and send them my way at!

Happy Teaching and Learning!


Trina Deboree