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The Kiddie Pool Digest will be back each week with a new fun theme and interesting activities, facts, and bits from around the web for curious kids of all ages.

Go pool hopping: Week 1 | Bees • Week 2 | Swimming • Week 3 | Solstice • Week 4 | Camping

“Happy birthday to us. Happy birthday to us. Happy birthday, America. Happy birthday to us.” This is the holiday that gave us the freedom of speech and a good fighting spirit. Any kid in the world can appreciate the desire to reign sovereign over themselves. So, let freedom ring a little louder for them on this Fourth of July with some hands-on time in the kitchen. You should probably still man the grill, but we’ll put them in charge of dessert.


Statue Of Liberty

Fun facts

Thomas Jefferson used a "laptop" to write the Declaration of was a desk that fit on your lap.
The Declaration of Independence originally said "pursuit of property" before Jefferson changed it to "pursuit of happiness."
Over 155 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July, making it the biggest hot-dog eating day of the year.
Joey Chestnut currently holds the world record for most hot dog eating, downing 70 hotdogs with buns in under 10 minutes.
Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird instead of the Eagle.
Rwanda celebrates "Liberation Day" on July 4th

Watch & Learn


kiddie pool summer digest for kids, watch and learn


Brunch Bread Bake – Kid Made Recipe

Super Rainbow Breakfast – Kid Made Recipes

I Tried out for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Independence Day Trivia Challenge


Fireman Sam-Safety Fireworks

Fourth of July-Schoolhouse Rocks

Jokes for your kids
What kind of tea did the American colonists want? (Liberty).
Why did the duck say bang?
(Because he was a firequacker.)

What did one flag say to the other flag? (Nothing. It just waved.)

Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? (At the bottom.)


Free (printable) Patriotic Party Decorations

*Source: Uncommon Goods


Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

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Photo: Belle of the kitchen
  1. Ingredients for homemade ice cream or store-bought flavor of choice.
  2. Ingredients for homemade cookies or refrigerated cookie dough.
  3. Red, white, and blue sprinkles.
  4. Aluminum foil.

Optional: Ice Cream Ball for making ice cream at home.

Make and bake your cookie flavor of choice (we like a classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie). Just be sure the cookies are on the smaller side so the ice cream sandwich doesn’t become a little too epic for the little people.


While cookies are cooling, it’s time to make your ice cream if you’re going all in with the homemade version. If using the Ice Cream Ball, add all necessary ingredients and put the kids to work. Tell them to get rolling and let them wear themselves out with it for the 25-30 minutes it takes the ice cream to set.

Once cookies are completely cool and ice cream is set, get the assembly line ready with cookies, ice cream, and sprinkles.

Let the kids scoop a walnut-sized ball of ice cream in between two cookies (a melon-baller works great for this).

Have them flatten the cookie sandwiches slightly and then roll edges in sprinkles.

Wrap each patriotic ice cream sandwich in foil and place in freezer to set. (If you have more than one kid, assign each a role of either scooper, sprinkler, or wrapper.)

Let set for at least an hour.

Covet & Collect


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Yaylabs Softshell Ice Cream Ball


Burlap Cotton Kids Apron 


Opinel Le Petit Chef Set Guard, Knife and Peeler


sushi bazooka

Sushi Bazooka sarter package


bento box eyes

Cute Bento Decoration Box Fruit Fork


president block set

President Block Set


Get your groove on

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  1. Kids in America by Kim Wilde
  2. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. by John Mellencamp
  3. Firework by Katy Perry
  4. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  5. Saturday in the Park by Chicago
  6. Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine
  7. I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash
  8. Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
  9. Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
  10. Living in America by James Brown
  11. American Pie by Don McLean
  12. What a Wonderful World by Sam Cook

 Page Turners

kiddie pool summer digest for kids, books

Scrambled states of America

The Scrambled States of America

by Deborah J Short

apple pie fourth of july book for kids

Apple Pie Fourth of July

by Janet S. Wong

  firefly july

Firefly July

by Paul B. Janeczko



by Martin Jarrie



kiddie pool summer digest for kids, stars

Who better to lead us into a celebration of America’s independence than the constellation for our national bird, Aquila, the Eagle? Did you know that we launched the spacecraft, Pioneer 11, in 1973 and it’s heading for one of Aquila’s stars? We’ve got a while to wait though. It will take the Pioneer about 400 million years to do its flyby.

star walk


Star WalkStar Walk for Kids: Learning Astronomy and Space 

Go Pool hopping!

Click a tile below to check out a past digest

Kiddie Pool summer digest, save the bees world environment day

01 | Have a BEE – autiful World Environment Day!

Kiddie Pool summer digest, swimming pool

02 | Swimming! Into the Deep End

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03 | Celebrate Solstice

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04 | Camping

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