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Collect several bells such as a jingle bell, cow bell, alarm
clock bell, and doorbell. You’ll need at least four different bells
and a box large enough to conceal them.

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Say: Whenever you hear a bell, it has a message
for you. I have some bells to ring for you. Let’s see if you can
remember and act out their messages. Ring each bell and demonstrate
the matching action:

Alarm clock — Say, “Wake up!” as you yawn and
stretch.

Doorbell — Say, “Time for school” as you stand
with your hand on your heart, ready to say the pledge of
allegiance.

Cowbell — Say, “Come and eat dinner” as you
pretend to spoon food into your mouth.

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Jingle bell — Say, “Get ready to listen” as
you sit quietly and fold your hands. Hide the bells in the box, and
ring them one at a time. Have the children try to recognize and act
out each bell’s message. Ask children if they can think of other
kinds of bells and what the ringing of those bells means.

Say: There’s a special bell called the Liberty
Bell. It was rung on July 8, 1776 to announce the adoption of the
Declaration of Independence-our country’s statement of freedom.
It’s now an important symbol of the liberty or freedom we have in
our country.

End by ringing the jingle bell so children will be ready to
listen for your next activity.

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