Fourth of July Theme: Captain America

Captain America!

This story time focuses on the Fourth of July holiday and picnics.

Picture Books: Lunch! by Denise Fleming, Red Food Fun by Lisa Bullard, Fourth of July Mice! By Bethany Roberts, Picnic by Emily Arnold McCully, We’re Going On A Picnic! By Pat Hutchins, Please DO Feed the Bears by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, The Pigs’ Picnic by Keiko Kasza, How Hungry Are You? Donna Jo Napoli, Happy Birthday, America! by Marsha Wilson Chall, Hats Off for the Fourth of July! by Harriet Ziefert and Parade by Donald Crews

Fingerplays:

Watermelon Echo Song (To the tune of  “Are You Sleeping?”)

Watermelon, Watermelon (Make a circle with your arms)

On the vine, On the vine (Curve hands and arms and arms beside body)

Sweet and red and juicy, Sweet and red and juicy (Rub your tummy)

Please be mine! Please be mine! (Palms together as though pleading)

Watermelon, Watermelon (Make a circle with your arms)

Thump, thump, thump, Thump, thump, thump (Slap legs)

I think you are ready, I think you are ready (Point, resting finger on your head)

Big and plump! Big and Plump! (Make a circle with your arms)

Fireworks

Fireworks go snap, snap, snap!

Crack, crack, crack!

Zap, zap, zap!

Fireworks make me clap, clap, clap

On Independence Day!

Stars and Stripes (To the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Wave, Wave, Wave the flag as we march around.

Hold it high to show our pride. Don’t let it touch the ground.

Sing song three times getting faster every time. At the end of each time, fall to the ground as fast as you can!

Music:

“Irrational Anthem” by Jim Gill (Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem: and More Salutes to Nonsense CD)

“Ice Cream Cone” by Laurie Berkner (Buzz, Buzz CD)

“Poison Ivy” by Jim Gill (The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes CD)

Craft:

Superhero Cape: Decorate a cape cut from plastic table cloth using crayons. Put peel and stick reinforcers on the north corners and hole punch. Thread yarn through the holes and tie together to create a wearable cape!

All books and compact discs can be found using our catalog at

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