Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July, and that celebration usually involves fireworks. Just how do fireworks work? How can you make your own fireworks – even without any fire? You can get that information – and more – from these sites. Every kid who loves science and math will find something fun here to do to celebrate American Independence Day!
Fourth of July Math Problems
These aren’t the usual math worksheets. These are math story problems that can be fun for kids who love math and they all have a Fourth of July theme.
Independence Day math problem
Mathnasium present a Happy Fourth of July math problem about Betsy Ross’s first American flag. You are given dimensions and then asked to determine the amount of the area that is white. One comment has an answer…but is it right?
The Fourth of July Parade
Everyone loves a parade, and that’s certainly true of July 4th parades. This page has a story problem involving a Fourth of July parade.
Measurement: Fourth of July Fireworks Study
This math problem is a good lesson in the speed and height of a firecracker – and it doesn’t require any real fireworks. Once the problems are worked out, your child can create the yummy July 4th marshmallow snack following the directions just above the problem.
July 4th and fireworks … on your calculator
Who said calculators are boring? Okay, no one actually said calculators are boring, but this calculator would prove they are anything but boring. If your child has (or if you have) a graphing calculator, he can create a “fireworks display” on it! It’s really pretty cool!
Fourth of July Math Games and Activities
When most people think of games, they don’t think of math. But that’s not true of mathematically gifted kids. They tend to think of math all the time!
It’s a treat to them to find math-oriented games , but how much better is it when you can find a math game with a Fourth of July theme to play on the Fourth of July? Whether you want something simple or a little more complex, you’ll find something in this list your child might like.
Cross the River, Patriot!
This is a math and logic game based loosely on the need for American colonists to cross rivers to engage the enemy in battle, or to escape from the enemy during the Revolutionary War. The game is for two players, one is the patriot and the other is a British Redcoat.
Patriotic Cube Game
This game involves tally marks, counting, graphing, and analyzing data. Three different files are available for downloading. One of those files is a template for the cube, which is easily made by doing some cutting, folding, and taping or gluing. Each side of the cube has some patriotic symbol like the Statue of Liberty, the American flag, or the Liberty Bell. Players roll the cube and then keep track of which picture comes up on the topc. The other two files are pages your child uses to keep track of the rolls and then analyze the data.
Stars and Stripes Multiples
The Stars and Stripes activity uses a red and white striped board and some blue stars to give kids some multiplication tables. You and your child do have to make the board, but it’s a fun craft that requires nothing more than some felt, glue, and a pair of scissors. The example in the instructions has four stripes, but you can add more if you want to for more of a challenge. You can go up to thirteen stripes, which is the actual number of stripes on the America flag. You don’t have to stop with the multiplication tables either. You can probably think of other math activities that you can use these materials for.
Fourth of July Science Fun
The Fourth of July is a holiday that seems to be designed for exploring science. Your child can not only have some fun with science on July 4th, she can also learn some science concepts.
4th of July Science Projects
You can go out and buy some fireworks to help you celebrate the Fourth of July, but why not make your own? This page has a number of cool fireworks you can make. Don’t worry, though, some of them don’t involve real fire and are great for little kids. “Fireworks in a Glass,” for example, is just food color in water. Most of the projects are better suited for older kids, but that doesn’t mean you can make them yourself with a little help from your little one. It’s a great way for kids to learn how fireworks actually work. Kids love sparklers, but what are they made out of? You can find out by making your own. Some of these projects, like the sparklers, do involve fire and igniting something, and that you should do yourself, unless your child is old enough to do that on her own.
No need to worry about fire with this experiment. Your child can create a tray of color “magic,” using three simple ingredients: whole milk, liquid dish soap, and food coloring. Your child just puts the items in a cookie tray to create some colorful “fireworks.” This page explains what to do and why it works.
Spectacular Science – 4th of July Activities
You may not be familiar with Steve Spangler, but you’ll want to know more about what he has to offer once you visit this page. It has numerous and exciting activities, along with links to products and very entertaining videos. Some of the links lead to explanations on how some projects work as well as the science behind them.
Anatomy of a Firework
Fireworks are fun to watch on the Fourth of July, but just how do they work? Anyone who loves fireworks and has a curious mind should find this page quite interesting because it explains the math and science behind the fireworks. That doesn’t mean how the colors in the displays are created, but how the whole thing works, from the rocket take off to the colorful display. Younger kids might not understand it all, but the older science lovers will.