We had fun making these fourth of July cuffs last year out of paper tubes.
These hair ties were easy to make and we still have them for this year!
fourth of July cakes were fun and easy to assemble and decorate.
As for books, I may be too late in letting you know--I tried to pick my favorite patriotic songbooks up from our library last week and they were all gone, but maybe you will have better luck. (They are all illustrated by Todd Ouren.)
You're a Grand Old Flag: A Jubilant Song About Old Glory (Patriotic Songs)
Yankee Doodle (Patriotic Songs)
America the Beautiful: A Song to Celebrate the Wonders of America (Patriotic Songs)
The Star-Spangled Banner: America's National Athem and Its History (Patriotic Songs)
We do have a fun board book that we've been reading called Good Night America from the Good Night Our World series.
I have not read these, but have them on my list of ones to check out:
America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book
This looks pretty striking and we love pop-up books.
Corduroy's Fourth of July (Corduroy (Board Book))
Lucia would love this and probably Juliet too--you can't go wrong with Corduroy!
Wee Sing America
We have several of the Wee Sing books and cds, but not this one. Might be a good Christmas gift idea for the girls.
Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America
We do have a copy of A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women and although it is written for older readers (its pretty information heavy), Juliet and I have had fun looking at the pictures and discussing various women. I think when she is older it will be even more interesting to her.
I Pledge Allegiance, Bill Martin Jr.
This looks like one of those books that I will love for the illustrations, but probably will not be that interesting to Juliet. But that's okay, I can check out books just for me, can't I? :)
Oh! And one more thing...this is my favorite independence day kids craft that I've seen so far this year: flag handprint! Check it out--it's so fun!