Kids Newsletter July 2017

The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 − now known as Independence Day − and every year Americans honor the birthday of the United States of America.

Fourth of July Fun Facts

  • Contrary to popular belief, only two Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The majority of signers penned their signatures on August 2, 1776.
  • The holiday does not celebrate the signing of the declaration; it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress.
  • Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870.
  • Other countries, including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden, also celebrate the Fourth of July as a way to bring in American tourists.
  • Our country now boasts 318.9 million citizens, but on the first Fourth of July there were only 2.5 million.
  • The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost.
  • The back of the Declaration of Independence says, "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776."
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the declaration on July 6, 1776.

Let's Read

"The Story of the Statue of Liberty (Rise and Shine)" by Betsy and Giulio Maestro

Learn about the Statue of Liberty, how it stands today as a symbol of freedom, and why it took more than a decade to build.

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"F is for Flag" by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Many American flags are proudly displayed on Independence Day and other days throughout the year. Perfect for reading together with a young child, "F is for Flag" shows in simple terms how one flag can mean many things: a symbol of unity, a sign of welcome and a reminder that in good times and in bad everyone in our country is part of one great big family.

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Let's Go Exploring

Toltec Mounds

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

Arkansas's tallest remaining prehistoric American Indian mounds are preserved at this National Historic Landmark site in Scott, only 15 miles from Little Rock. The mounds and an earthen embankment are the remains of a large ceremonial and governmental complex that was inhabited here from A.D. 600 to 1050. Managed by Arkansas State Parks in conjunction with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, the Toltec site serves as both a state park and an archeological research station.

Did You Know?

  1. Babies yawn before they are born.
  2. More than 480 million people have played Monopoly.
  3. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
  4. There are about a quadrillion ants on Earth.
  5. Crocodiles often eat rocks.
  6. Pigs can get sunburned.
  7. A tiger's skin is striped like its fur.
  8. Frogs drink through their skin.
  9. A cat has about 20 muscles in each ear.
  10. When you see lightning, it is traveling at about 227 million mph.
  11. Dragonflies can see in all directions at once.
  12. An average yawn lasts about six seconds.
  13. The Empire State building was built with 10 million bricks.
  14. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on the earth.
  15. In the summer, the amount of water pouring over Niagara Falls each second could fill 13,000 bathtubs.

Let's Be Healthy!

  • Get active each day.
  • Choose water as a drink.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables.
  • Switch off the screen, and get active.
  • Eat fewer snacks, and select healthier alternatives.

Let's Have Fun!

Fun things to do at a park!

  • Draw a nature map of your local park. Walk the park, and then draw the map of the park including important features and details from your walk.
  • Picnic in the park. Bring a blanket and your favorite foods to enjoy the nice weather. Don't forget to pick up your trash and to recycle.
  • Walk. Before or after dinner, take some time to walk together with your family. Discuss what happened during the day while getting a little exercise.
  • Create your own Olympic Games. Who has the fastest time running from one tree to another? How many high jumps can you do in one minute? Use your neighborhood park to create Olympic Games.
  • Make art from nature. Press flowers, glitter pinecones, or draw part of your favorite park. Bring a little bit of nature back home with you.
  • Watch the clouds. There is nothing better than to spend some time cloud watching in a park on a sunny day. Lie down on the grass, and start to identify shapes.
  • Start a rock collection. Collect all different shapes and sizes, colors and surfaces - another great way to bring a bit of the outdoors home with you.

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Let's Get Creative

artistic representation of a strawberry

Handprint Strawberry

Summer is the strawberry season - yum! If you can't celebrate by getting out picking some strawberries, why not try making a handprint strawberry?

You will need: Red, green and black paint, Paper.

Instructions:Print two red handprints with the fingers overlapping. Use the sides of your little fingers to add two green leaves where the palms join. Finish off by adding black fingerprints for the seeds.

Let's Cook

Rainbow Fruit Gogurt Parfait

  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 4 tubes (2.25 oz each, any flavor) Gogurt
  • ¼ cup diced peeled kiwifruit
  • ¼ cup diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup canned mandarin orange segments, drained and patted dry
  • ¼ cup diced strawberries
  • ½ cup Lucky Charms cereal

In each of 4 small parfait dishes or clear glasses, add 1 tablespoon each blackberries and blueberries. Add a layer of yogurt. Top each with 1 tablespoon each kiwifruit and pineapple. Add another layer of yogurt. Top each with 1 tablespoon each mandarin oranges and strawberries. Top each with remaining yogurt and 2 tablespoons cereal.

Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 30 minutes before serving.

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