Strengthen Your Family Through Biblical Homeschooling

Tag: Ideas

July 4th

Next week, we will celebrate the 241st birthday of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. For many of our families, that means extra family time in the days ahead, so I wanted to pass along some fun ideas for how your family can make the most of your extra together time!

(Click on any of the headlines to link to blog posts explaining the ideas noted.)

1.  Make a Fourth of July hand print craft.

This is extremely cute, and it would be easy to do this with the whole family. How fun would it be to repeat this year after year to watch how much your kiddos have grown? 

2.  Make shaving cream fireworks.

Looking for a messy craft that anyone can do and doesn’t take many supplies? Here’s an idea you’re family will definitely want to explore! 

3.  Host a Water Soaker Paint War

Ok, so this not specifically for Fourth of July, BUT our family agrees this idea can be modified to be a perfectly fun activity for old and young kiddos alike. For the younger ones, go ahead and create art. For our teens, though, I’m envisioning old t-shirts and an epic battle all over our yard, creating our own works of art on one another. No matter how you apply this, family fun WILL be had! :)

4.  Balloon Ping Pong with Paper Plate Paddles.

This is an idea our family took to a camp where we served last summer in Poland. Teens and elementary kids alike had a blast with this! We all made our paddles, decorating them to our liking. Then we blew up a ton of balloons and let the games begin. This is a super fun and totally easy idea to incorporate anytime.

5.  Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt

Either by using the free printable linked here or coming up with your own clues and ideas, this is a great way to hang out together on July Fourth AND could be a learning tool if you’re feeling especially homeschool-y right now.

6.  Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

You may want to find some fun audiobooks for July 4th. If your family is traveling around the holiday, audiobooks are a great way to make the time go faster– and to enjoy some good stories along the way! Our family often travels with our Audible audio books in tow.

If none of these ideas inspire you, we have an entire Pinterest Board FULL of many more! Check it out here.

 

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Fourth of July! We have much to be thankful for in America, and I hope we never lose sight of the many blessings God has bestowed upon us all!

 

I hope you’ll post pictures if you try any of these ideas! We’d love to see them. Simply tag your pictures with #TTDFourthofJuly, and let us see how much fun your family had this week!

 

This post may contain affiliate links.

Register for the Homeschool Convention Today

This article was originally posted in March of 2012.

Are you getting as excited as I am?  We are just a little over a week away from attending what I believe will be the best homeschool conference of the year.  When my husband and I first found out about Teach Them Diligently several months ago it was a no brainer – of course we would go.  The speaker lineup is amazing, and the workshops are sure to be inspiring and educational. We went to a couple of homeschool conferences last year with all 6 of our little ones in tow.  While homeschool conferences are wonderful for us homeschooling parents, they are a little difficult on the kiddos.  They are required to sit quietly for an hour or two.  That’s not so bad, but then they have to do it againand again..and you get the picture.  That is a lot to ask of a small child who has a difficult time being still and quiet. There are a few things, however, that you can do to make life a little easier at the conference with your children.

TTD with Children

1.  Take potty breaks before you go in.  

2.  Don’t stress out if you miss part of the session.  There will be recordings you can purchase at the conference.

3.  Make Quiet Activity Kits/Bags for your Children.  This has been one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done to prepare for a conference.  Following these guidelines will help keep them entertained and quiet during the sessions.

  • The bags should be small and soft enough so there isn’t a lot of noise while the child is digging through them.  A cloth lunch sack or lunch box will work well.  Even a Ziploc bag will work great for this.  I keep the smaller bags in a backpack that I carry around and hand them out at each session before it begins.
  • If possible include items that the child has never seen before.  They don’t have to be expensive.  You can get many great items for this at the Dollar store or at the Target Dollar Spot.
  • The toys/items should be small, quiet, and not messy.  Items like play dough, whistles, and wind up cars wouldn’t work very well.  Some great items to keep little hands busy and quiet are Silly Putty, crayons/paper, small puzzles, Rubix Cube, small car(although mine would make car noises if they had these), and Wikki Stix.
  • Also include age appropriate/non messy snacks.  Snacks will help to keep little mouths from talking while listening to the speakers.  Something that won’t make crumbs is a good idea, and try to avoid common food allergens like nuts as a courtesy to the next family that may sit there next.  Think small here, one piece of gum or 1 sucker, a few teddy grahams or cheerios PER session will be fine.
  • Switch out the items between sessions.  There are 3 days worth of awesome speaking at the Teach Them Diligently conference, and we wouldn’t want those little ones to get bored.  Drop some extra items in your bag and swap them out when you get a chance.
Hopefully this will help you prepare as the time gets closer.  See you there!

Holly Syx is a Christian, homeschooler, blogger, coffee lover, wife to 1 awesome hunk & 6 little kiddos call her mommy.  Holly and her family will be onsite at Teach Them Diligently with their Homeschool in Minecraft platform, SKrafty.

For more ideas on traveling with kiddos, check out our Pinterest boards and make sure you follow Teach Them Diligently on Pinterest while you’re there!

Register for the Homeschool Convention Today
Homeschooling Parents

About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

Yes, I want more from this Homeschooling Community!