While discussing the significance of the 4th of July in American history, my 6-year-old had the idea of making an edible flag entirely out of fruit to eat during our celebration. He loves fruit, so he was excited to be in charge of preparing a big tray of “yummy treats.”
His preparations for this undertaking gave us the opportunity to talk a bit about the American flag, what it looks like now, and how it has changed over the course of our country’s 239 year history. We discussed the symbolism inherent in flags, as well as the specific things represented by our flag. And we again read through the Declaration of Independence.
In case it’s not obvious, to make the flag my son used blueberries, strawberries, and bananas. He cut the pieces himself; wanting to make sure he had room to fit all 13 stripes.
So our 4th of July holiday was spent with a combination history lesson, art project, and culinary endeavor, along with the more traditional BBQ and fireworks display elements of our celebration.
How did you spend your 4th of July?