Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | July 1, 2009

Ideas for ways to teaching your child about loving their country

My friend Carolyn shared these fantastic ideas for ways to teach your children to love their country.   See her information below:

Going on the premise that what makes our country so great is our freedoms and service to our fellowman . . .

  • Print the Four Freedoms by Norman Rockwell off the Internet; explain them to your kids & then hang them on the refrigerator or kitchen wall.
  • Buy a bunch of mini-American Flags, get up real early on the 4th, and go around your neighborhood placing them on your neighbors’ lawns.
  • Join a Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop.
  • Play patriotic music all day long throughout your home.
  • Plant a red, white, and blue garden.
  • Write a family “thank-you” letter and hand-deliver it to a VFW Post; ahead of time, give your children an explanation of who a veteran is.
  • Use watercolor paints to create pictures of your family in front of your home, or just scenic paintings – and hand-deliver them to a nursing home.
  • Take a survey of grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and ask them: “Why Do You Love the United States of America?”  Make a simple graph recording their responses.
  • Go to an area that has litter; take gloves and garbage bags and “beautify” a small piece of America.
  • Buy a “coffee table book” of America’s landscape and show it to guests when they visit (e.g. America from 500 Feet! – hardcover; for as low as $2 used on Amazon).
  • Print Norman Rockwell’s The Golden Rule off the Internet; explain it to your kids and then hang it on the refrigerator or kitchen wall.
  • Make a flag cake and give it to an elderly neighbor.
  • Parents can go to a cemetery ahead of time to find veterans’ graves; then take their kids back with flags or home-made pinwheels to place in the ground by the stone.
  • And of course…wear red, white, and blue on the 4th – decorate a bike or wagon – and go to a parade!

Thank you Carolyn, for these great ideas!



  1. To add to this great list- When I worked at Maryvale INtermediate I learned from my friend Bridget the HUGE value of honoring the Veterans on VEterans Day. Have the kids ask grandparents, uncles, dads, moms, aunts etc. if they served in the military and to tell them about it. Honor them with a flag, flower, pin or even a thank you card written and illustrated by the kids. It makes the whole experience of serving our country very personal.

    • Love this Karen! Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. A “tradition” in our house is watching our School House Rock video. I love the ones that teach about our country and it’s great history. We sometimes watch the whole thing straight through, but we make sure to hit “Shot Heard Round the World,” “Melting Pot” and “The Preamble.” And maybe “Elbow Room.” 🙂

    • We have that video…great idea!

  3. Happy 4th Cathi – – you provide great insight for parents!

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