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By: Ben Fraser

It’s crazy to think that July is already here and it’s almost Independence Day! This year’s 4th activities will be a little different, but there are so many things you can do safely in your own home, outside away from the crowd, or with a small group of people. When I think of celebrating the 4th of July, I think of good food, patriotic music, and games. It might be fun to try a few musical games! With there being so many patriotic and traditional folks songs, it makes the song selection easier. Some popular patriotic songs to use can include: “America the Beautiful,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Your a Grand Old Flag,” and the “Star Spangled Banner” to name a few. There are other songs that work well too like, “Born in the USA,” Party in the USA,” Living in America,” and “Kids in America.” A great game to play with these songs could be “Name That Tune.” This one is simple and easy where kids and adults can join in the fun and it gives there kids a chance to learn a new tune and work on those super, important aural skills. Another game would be Music Bingo, but with a patriotic theme. This game is so much fun, it just needs a little more arts and crafts attention. Make regular sized bingo sheets by googling blank bingo cards, copy and paste one example to Microsoft Word, and then print however many copies needed. Make an answer key card with the bingo card template and with all of the song samples. Have someone who is the “bingo host” play or sing an excerpt from each song and have fun! These are just a few examples of patriotic music games to play at home or with a small group, but the main thing is to have fun and be safe this 4th of July!

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