There’s something about the warm summer air that makes going all out for Fourth of July so much fun. As you plan this year’s big bash, don’t hesitate to get the little one’s involved. Below are a few suggestions for Fourth of July Kids’ Activities that the whole family can enjoy. Choose a few to help take your celebrations to the next level.
Fourth of July Kids’ Activities: Fun Patriotic Crafts
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Make Pinwheel Lawn Decorations:
Your lawn will feel perfectly patriotic when you make these. Start with a piece of white computer paper. Make the paper into an even square by folding one of the corners down into a triangle and cutting off any excess. Next, let your child decorate the square with markers or crayons. When they’re finished, cut into the square on each of the four corners, stopping about two inches from the middle. You’ll end up with a smaller square that has a triangle-shaped flap hanging off each side.
Place a pin in the center of the square. Then, pull one point of each triangle through the pin. When you’ve done this with all four sides, pull the pin through the back of the square and thread it with a bead. Finally, stick the pin into the eraser end of an unused pencil to create a handle.
Snack on Pretzel Sparklers:
Sparklers will undoubtedly add a pop of something special to any party, but if we’re honest, they can be a little dangerous when in the wrong hands. These pretzel sparklers are safe for all ages – and much more delicious. To make them, you need pretzel rods, icing, and red and blue sprinkles. Spread each color sprinkle out in a thin layer on a plate. Then, assemble the sparklers by coating the upper third of each pretzel rod with icing and immediately coating them with sprinkles. Place the finished sparklers on a piece of parchment paper and allow them to harden slightly before eating.
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Decorate a Handprint Flag T-Shirt:
Celebrate Independence Day by creating a craft that your kids can wear on the Fourth and that you’ll be able to keep as memento for when they get older. You can do this with fabric paint or acrylic. Give each child a plain, white t-shirt in their size and place a piece of cardboard on the inside to prevent the paint from bleeding through.
Use a paintbrush to cover their palm and fingers generously with blue paint. Instruct them to put their handprint down near the top right of the shirt in order to create the flag’s blue background. Wash hands, put some red paint on a paper plate, and let your kids finger-paint the stripes. (The number of stripes that you’ll need to add will vary by the child’s hand size.) Once the blue paint dries, dip the tip of your fingernail in white paint to add “stars” on the handprint.
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Host A Flag Hunt:
Round up the neighborhood kids and let them run off some of that boundless energy by hosting a flag hunt. This one is just like at Easter, but with less prep work since you don’t have to fill any eggs with candy. Go to the dollar store and pick up as many small American flags as you can find. Hide them around the house or yard when the kids aren’t looking. Then, set them loose to let them find as many as they can. If your kids are older and can handle a little friendly competition, consider setting a timer to up the ante or offering a prize to the child who finds the most flags at the end of the game.
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It’s never too early to get your kids involved in holiday celebrations. As you start planning for the Fourth, make an effort to involve them. In case you’re short on inspiration, here are some Fourth of July Kids’ Activities to get you started. But, be creative! Between, decorations, food, fashion, and games, there’s no shortage of ideas to try.
What’s your favorite Fourth of July Kids’ Activity? Share it with us in the comments.