The Bell of Freedom Game: Hang a metal dinner bell or a cowbell from a tree or other high point (a wind chime can also work). Give each player six beanbags and have the player try to ring the "Bell of Freedom" by tossing the beanbags at the bell. The player who rings the bell the most times wins.
Patriotic Word Games: Older children may enjoy this fun game. On a sheet of paper, write the words, "red" and "white," or "red," "white," and "blue." See how many words they can make using the letters in these words.
Sumptuous Summer Snacks
Looking for something different to serve this Fourth of July or Canada Day? Try making these fun concoctions together:
National Pride Muffins: Use your favorite muffin mix but add some patriotic colors with fresh chopped strawberries and/or blueberries. Bake according to the muffin package directions and serve with flag toothpick decorations.
Perky Punch: Make a tray of ice cubes using several drops of red and/or blue food coloring in the water. Children will love drinking juices or punch with colorful ice.
Star or Maple Leaf Salad: Use the fresh fruits of summer to create this fun and delicious salad. Let your child help clean lettuce and place it on a plate. To prepare watermelon slices, you will need five equal wedges for making stars or large slices for cutting maple leaves (use a cookie cutter or fashion your own). Add a scoop of cottage cheese to the center of your creation and invite the kids to sprinkle fresh blueberries and/or raspberries on top. You now have a nutritious and patriotic lunch.