Planning A Little Helps So Much!
- Read a story or write information about what 4th a July is about. This helps children understand what is going on. The story should explain why we celebrate and information about the experience the child will have. For example, “July 4th celebrates the first birthday of America’s independence. Our leaders wanted it to be full of beautiful lights to attract everyone to be happy for America. Fireworks make beautiful lights that can be seen from far away! The lights are all different colors. In order to make the lights go up in the sky, people use little rockets which make a loud noise. The little rocket helps people see the fireworks from far away. If I don’t like the noise, I can put on my headphones. This will let me see the lights but not hear the noise.” This is just an example. Make sure your story makes sense to your child and their experience.
- Let the child get used to what fireworks look like and sound like. Look at videos of fireworks with the volume way down. Talk about which is the child’s favorite color. Draw pictures of the fireworks.
- There are many ways to dampen the firework noise in the house if you stay inside. You can shut windows, play favorite music or favorite television shows. Let them put on a headset and play video games. If all else fails, the bathroom is usually a quiet room. You can put on the shower to add to the calm atmosphere.
- You may want to celebrate at home like a birthday party. You may want to have a cupcake for the country. Try watching fireworks from far away with family.
- Talk about the experience before and after. Make a family story with photographs of the celebration. This will help them look forward to the holiday next year!
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