Author: Melissa Droegemueller

24 Patriotic Books for Kids

24 Patriotic Books for Kids

From a very young age, we have introduced new topics to our girls through seasonal activities and stacks of books. Whether we are learning about the beach, the solar system, or U.S. History, my girls love pouring over books from the library to discover new ideas.

During the month of June, we’ll be focusing our family read-aloud time on topics related to American history, symbols, and famous citizens who have impacted our nation. This list of patriotic books is by no means the “ultimate guide,” but it will hopefully give you a starting point when you go to the library or book store.

Note: I suggest you read through these books (or any history book) personally before reading them aloud to your children or sitting them out for independent reading time. Our nation’s history is full of war, tragedy, and unfair events. While I always answer my daughters’ questions honestly, I also strive not to expose them to things they are not yet ready for emotionally.

24 Patriotic Books for Kids | Take this list of recommended books to the library for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and President's Day read-aloud options.

Patriotic Books for Kids

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Alexander Hamilton: A Plan for America by Sarah Albee

The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong

Flags and Seals by Erinn Banting

Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? by Teresa Bateman

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

The Children’s Book of America by William J. Bennett

Smart About the Fifty States by Jon Buller, et al.

The Wall by Eve Bunting

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz

You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz

This Little President : A Presidential Primer by Joan Holub

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

Across America, I Love You by Christine Loomis

Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsy Maestro

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

We the People: The Constitution of the United States of America by Peter Spier

So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George

The United States Flag by Amanda Doering Tourville

Just Like Abraham Lincoln by Bernard Waber

The History of the White House by Kate Waters

Finding new books at the library can be a fun way to kick off a study of U.S. history! You can click here for our favorite patriotic resources and a simple sensory bin or here to download our Patriotic Family Activity Guide with 35 learning ideas for kiddos ages 2-6.

What are your family’s favorite patriotic books?

Keeping Kids Busy at Home

Keeping Kids Busy at Home

For the past six years, I have been a work-at-home mom with my kids home full-times. I won’t lie and say it’s easy balancing a business and family time (while keeping up with housework). I can say it’s gotten easier as my kids have gotten older.

When it comes to keeping kids busy at home, it’s best to start as young as possible. Teaching kids to play independently for small chunks of time during the toddler years will make life easier once the napping years are gone forever.

My older daughter inherited my Type A tendencies. From a young age, she would ask me what our schedule looked like for the day. I ended up re-using one on of my pocket charts from my classroom years. I made cards listing the major components of our day: meals, rest time, playdates, errands, read-aloud time, etc.

Each morning, I would arrange our daily calendar for her, leaving room for independent play. She had “choice time” in the morning and in the afternoon. I would choose three free time activities for her (for example, puzzles, blocks, and dress-up), and she would pick from the choices. Before long, Addie was quite good at keeping busy during my working hours, no screen time required!

By the time our younger daughter entered the toddler years, I was not only working at home, I was now homeschooling her older sister for Kindergarten. Suddenly, I needed to fill twice as much time for her!

Thankfully, Katie is a tactile learner. Sensory bins have always kept her busy for hours at a time–and pairing sensory play with our educational playlists meant she was listening and learning through play.

Keeping Kids Busy at Home | Fun ideas for your little ones to keep busy during summer or rainy days! Simple play ideas using pom poms, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks.

Keeping Kids Busy: Simple Play Ideas

I also discovered the idea of “invitations to play” when Katie was nearing the end of the napping years. {You can download all of our seasonal invitations to play FREE here.} She had this little table in her room, and each afternoon, I would set a tray with a new activity on it for her to see when she first woke up.

Her activities ranged from adding pony beads to playdough (and then pulling them all back out again) to building structures for her Little People animals with popsicle sticks. She loved sorting pom poms by color and making bracelets out of pipe cleaners.  

Now that my girls are 6 and 9, they love their free time. They work hard to finish their school work so they can get back to their projects!

Just this week, they put together a play for their stuffed animals! My youngest dictated the entire scrispt for her older sister to write down. They rehearsed, made out invitations, and put on the entire show without any interference from me.

My oldest loves to write books, while my youngest still prefers sensory play. When they start to bicker, it’s time to spread out to different spaces for an hour of quiet time.

Keeping Kids Busy: Screen Time

A lot of moms I know struggle with guilt when it comes to screen time. In my opinion, it’s all about balance. If our kids are getting plenty of time outside, what’s the harm? The trick is finding shows and apps that YOU feel good about!

In our house, we’re big fans of Signing Time (sign language + music), PBS Kids (especially Peg + Cat), and School House Rock. My girls also love to listen to books on Audible, play Stack the States, and practice their math facts on the iPad.

They also love riding their bikes, going to the library, and fishing with their Daddy. Everything in moderation!

When it comes to keeping kids busy at home, during summer or on rainy days, the key is being flexible.

I love helping busy parents connect with their kids through play. Come join our FREE Facebook group for lots of activity ideas and encouragement from other moms!

Download our FREE Flexible Family Schedule Guide!

You can also download our FREE Flexible Family Schedule Guide, which includes our printable calendar template and activity menu with 20 ideas for when your kids are feeling bored.

Patriotic Activities for Kids

Patriotic Activities for Kids

Here in the United States, summer officially arrives on Memorial Day weekend. Now that my girls are older (9 and 6), we will spend part of the weekend talking about the true meaning behind Memorial Day (no, not barbecues and pool openings). Like most countries, America has experienced a lot of loss — from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts. We will probably travel to see the latest version of the Freedom Rock and make a list of patriotic activities to get ready for our Independence Day celebrations.

Patriotic Activities for Kids | Celebrate Memorial Day and Independence day with these patriotic songs and resources, fireworks crafts, patriotic sensory bin, and more!

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If you have young kids, you can start with the basics, The Pledge of Allegiance and The Star Spangled Banner! You can also teach them classic patriotic songs like America the Beautiful, My Country Tis of Thee, and This Land is Your Land.

Our favorite resources for learning about American history and geography:

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School House Rock: America

Stack the States (app)

Liberty Kids

You can also fill your home with fun patriotic books, such as America the Beautiful or Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution!

Click here for our entire list of recommended patriotic books for kids!

If you like to do crafts with your kids, there are lots of choices for Memorial Day and Independence Day. Last year, we made wreaths using red, white, and blue fabric with some senior adults at the local retirement community! You can see our ever-growing collection of patriotic craft ideas on my Pinterest board here.

Patriotic Activities for Kids | Celebrate Memorial Day and Independence day with these patriotic songs and resources, fireworks crafts, patriotic sensory bin, and more!

Our girls love sensory play, so be sure to consider a patriotic sensory bin. We like red and blue dyed rice (mixed in with undyed white rice), along with 4th of July “table scatter” found at the craft shop. My girls also enjoyed adding pom poms to the mix along with their favorite sensory bin accessories.   

Patriotic Activities for Kids | Celebrate Memorial Day and Independence day with these patriotic songs and resources, fireworks crafts, patriotic sensory bin, and more!

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