Thursday, July 08, 2010

Liberty Bell with Kids

The Liberty Bell was rung on July 8, 1776 for the first public reading of the Declaration of independence.

"Let Freedom Ring" This is a statement that everyone knows and loves. Just staying it sets off a feeling of pride and justice for all and love of our nation and country. The Liberty Bell is just such a symbol. The inscription on the Bell states a message of liberty. The inscription has meant many different things to many people over the years. The right to choose a religion and to govern themselves is one message symbolized by the Bell. The Bell made a tour of America after the Civil war to heal a nation divided. The Bell was a reminder to all Americans of the freedom and independence they fought for years before. Most of all the Liberty Bell symbolizes the Freedom of which we live. For more then 200 years the Liberty Bell has reminded many people of the importance of Liberty.

You can visit NPS.gov by clicking HERE to learn more about the Liberty Bell, where it is housed, and more about the crack and they symbolization of the Bell itself.  You can also visit Enchanted Learning HERE for more details too.

Some Facts:
  • The Bell weighs 2080 pounds
  • It’s made of 70% copper, 25% tin and small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver
  • It hangs from what is believed to be its original yoke made from America elm
  • Rang for George Washington’s Birthday and hours later it received fatal crack and hasn’t rung since.
Liberty Bell Crafts:
Making a Bell - There are several techniques you can use to make a replica of the Liberty Bell.  They range from styrofoam, molding clay, paper, glitter and even tinfoil.  Let your own imagination run.  Visit here for a great craft HERE

Coloring Pages - You can find many pages to print and color at Google Images by typing "liberty bell coloring pages".  You can also click HERE  for the same resultWe also found this great Patriotic Clipart Website, click HERE
Liberty Bell Food:
Cookies - You can easily make Sugar Cookies in the shape of a Bell and decorate them similiar to the liberty bell.
Cake - We found this adorable Liberty Bell cake from TLC Cooking, click HERE for details.
Liberty Bell Activities:
We are fortunate to live near the building where the Bell is housed. We have made several visits to the site throughout the years. If possible, plan a trip to see the Liberty Bell for it is really something worth seeing!!!

Liberty bell 1976 being tested for its move to a new home:  
Liberty Bell in its new home:

Liberty Bell Songs and Video:
     To listen to
Martina McBride’s Independence Day song click HERE

     To listen to
Barry Manilow’s Let Freedom Ring song click HERE 

“Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof” Leviticus 25:10


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