Sensing a Celebration

My 4th of July projects may seem a bit late and, I won’t argue, they are. Not because I procrastinated, but because this year, we celebrated a little differently. We started our holiday weekend off at a minor league Frederick Keys game.


It was a great game including a three run home run and a grand slam! As a bonus, they had fireworks after the game and they were beautiful . . . And loud. Very loud. Graham started crying and wanted them to stop and covering his ears just wasn’t enough. It made me stop and think about what his little mind was trying to comprehend about this celebration time and in order for him to enjoy it, he needed to experience it. So, we broke it down for him.

First, fireworks are about colors and lights. Things we see and enjoy with our eyes. It is artwork in the sky. To do this, we got out our paints and made some of our own art.



  • Paint – we used red, white, and blue
  • 3 Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Paper
  • Plastic fork


  1. On each plate, add one of your paint colors.
  2. Cut strips into the end of one cardboard roll using the scissors and fan the pieces out.
  3. Dip your roll in the paint and make your fireworks explode, noise free, onto the paper.


  1. Use the plastic fork to add extra texture to your fireworks.

Once we completed our firework art, we could clearly see the beauty behind the fireworks. It was no wonder why people enjoy watching and celebrating by shooting these magical colors into the air. Seeing was the first part of our adventure.


Next up, conquering the sound. The boom behind the fireworks can scare anyone, or at least catch someone off guard. It is just a sound. A loud sound that we hear with our ears. We can reduce some of the sound with earphones, ear plugs, or just covering our ears. To experience sound and teach the smallest O about hearing, we turned on some tunes. Turn them up loud and practice altering the volume. If you turn the music up loud enough, you can feel them in your tummy. There is a vibration that can even tickle the tummies of little ones. Fireworks can do that to. After a quick dance party, we went outside and made a little noise ourselves. Firecrackers allowed Graham to make his own BOOM and he loved it.

Taking aim

That covers sight, sound, and touch. For smell, we selected a few library books. There is nothing like the smell from the pages of a library book. We read some stories about Independence Day. Our favorites provided a simple background on our countries history that even toddlers can appreciate. Great pictures kept everyone’s interest.


Our favorites are Here’s to You, America!, by Charles M. Schulz, with Charlie Brown and crew working along side George Washington in 1787 during the creation of our constitution.

Sweet Land of Liberty, written by Callista Gingrich, tells a sweet story of an elephant named Ellis who shares the history of America through his research in a library. It ends with a fantastic birthday celebration and a great education on some important aspects to our countries history.

We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, written by David Catrow is another favorite worth mentioning. It is a great introduction to kids about what our constitution really says and means and a great review for many adults. The pictures are humorous and keep kids involved in the story.

The fifth sense in our sensing celebration is near and dear to my heart. I’m a firm believer that no 4th of July celebration is complete without a BBQ. This will not help in overcoming the BOOM of fireworks, but it sure makes me happy. Stay tuned for my favorite BBQ side dishes coming later this week. Must tries for your next picnic, potluck, or BBQ.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend. Change your paint colors and this could be an anytime project for you and your littles – plus, it is a great way to teach them about their senses. I love a project that incorporates multiple age groups and teaches multiple lessons. These projects will leave you feeling like super mom or dad.



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