Hard to believe it’s July 4th and summer feels like it’s halfway over! Growing up, I loved seeing the fireworks! Our family would take blankets and refreshments to sit on the golf course, OOHing and AAHing as they went off. Ryan was three when I took him to the fireworks for the first time. I thought for sure he would enjoy the variety of colors and lights high in the sky. However, he immediately started screaming and asking to leave. Of course, we did, and that was the one and only time that we watched the fireworks from outside.
Every child reacts to fireworks differently, but here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years that may help you:
- Prior to the fireworks, watch some videos from YouTube on the computer so that he/she knows what to expect.
- Consider watching the fireworks from indoors. You can still enjoy the lights in the sky without the booming noises.
- Have headphone available, in case the sound – even inside – is too much for your child.
- Celebrate the 4th by making your own fireworks with these fun craft ideas:
- Painting Fireworks: http://www.learning4kids.net/2015/12/27/painting-fireworks/
- Fireworks Salt Painting: http://busymommymedia.com/firework-salt-painting/
- Popsicle USA Flag: http://www.makeandtakes.com/popsicle-stick-button-flag-kid-craft
- Teach your child the true meaning of the 4th of July with these great illustrated books on America’s birthday: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/30010/best-books
Be safe and have a fabulous holiday weekend!