Patriotic Invitation to Play

Step into a world of red, white and blue wonder and let your child’s creativity soar with our Patriotic Invitation to Play!

Preschoolers will love the kaleidoscope of colors, all inspired by the stars and stripes that represent the strength and unity of our nation.

The cornerstone of this event will be the buttons and stars in patriotic shades of red, white and blue, allowing you to create a vibrant array of designs that capture the essence of America.

Be sure to check out our other 4th of July activities!

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items set up in white tray ready for 4th of july invitation to play

What is an Invitation to Play?

A play dough invitation to play is a creative and open-ended activity that encourages young children to explore and manipulate play dough in various ways.

It involves setting up a play area with different materials and tools that inspire imaginative play and sensory exploration with play dough.

The term “invitation to play” suggests that the setup is intentionally designed to invite preschoolers to engage in the activity and explore their own ideas.

Want more sensory ideas? Be sure to check out our other fun sensory activities for kids!

supplies for patriotic invitation to play for preschoolers

What Is it About Play Dough?

In a world filled with technology and screens, there’s something beautifully nostalgic about Play-doh.

It has the power to transport us back to our childhood days, when crafting with our hands sparked a sense of wonder and ignited our creative spirits.

Now, imagine combining that nostalgic joy with a celebration of patriotism, as we come together to sculpt, shape and mold Play-doh into symbols of American pride.

Adorable 4th of July BOOKS

When you’re done playing, enjoy these patriotic 4th of July Books that are a great way to introduce young readers to the history and traditions of this important national holiday.

The Fourth of July StoryThe Fourth of July StoryThe Night Before the Fourth of JulyThe Night Before the Fourth of JulyThe Berenstain Bears God Bless Our CountryThe Berenstain Bears God Bless Our CountryF Is for FlagF Is for Flag


Story Of Americas BirthdayStory Of Americas BirthdayA Is for America: An American AlphabetA Is for America: An American AlphabetApple Pie Fourth of JulyApple Pie Fourth of JulyAmerica the BeautifulAmerica the Beautiful


Or enjoy these 4th of July Board Books with your toddlers. It’s the perfect way to tie in the holiday to your Independence Day activities!

Step into a world of red, white and blue wonder and let your child's creativity soar with our Patriotic Invitation to Play!

Patriotic Invitation to Play


starting the invitation to play putting stars in the white play dough

Patriotic Invitation to Play Directions:

Add the items around the tray. Place the Play-doh in the middle of the tray. 

Add a plastic mat to protect the surface.

Invite the child to explore and engage with the contents of the sensory bin, using his or her imagination to use the items in a variety of ways!

| Related Article: How to Teach Patriotism to Your Children

play in action with play-doh and red white blue stars
red white blue patriotic invitation to play in action

How to Encourage Play

An invitation to play is to be an open-ended activity for children.

But some children like challenges in their play.

So ask them to explain how they are creating their own designs.

Are they matching colors?

Can they match stars?

What patterns can they make using just the buttons or all of the stars?

There are so many options!

Easy 4th of July Printable Activities

Celebrate the spirit of independence and patriotic joy with these vibrant collection of 4th of July Printable Activities for kids just bursting with red, white and blue excitement.

Whether you’re planning a festive gathering, a classroom celebration or simply want to infuse the holiday with creative learning, these 4th of July printables are here to add a touch of star-spangled joy to your festivities.

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