Many kids understand that July 4th celebrates the United State’s independence from British rule in 1776 with the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to document what was important to our leaders and citizens. Seems like a perfect holiday to add an easy service project to bring out the leader in your kids.
We’re not talking about anything complicated. Kids are looking for some entertainment while you’re heating up the grill. So, set up a table with a few canvases and some paint and brushes and have the kids create inspirational paintings (perhaps with patriotic themes in honor of the 4th). Many hospitals, senior centers, libraries, or schools would appreciate receiving the artwork to brighten up their hallways or waiting areas. For a complete how-to on this kind of project, download our free our Art that Heals Community Service Project Kit. It includes a butterfly template as one artistic option. You could also download our Lifting Soldiers’ Spirits Community Service Project Kit which provides complete instructions for decorating and donating pillowcases to lift the spirits of our service men and women. The kit includes patriotic-themed iron-on decals. Or you could simply use fabric markers or paint. Just a few ideas to amp up your patriotism this holiday!
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