Fourth of July marks America’s birthday, our freedom and some of the hottest days of the year. Setting aside some time this weekend for kids crafts can help make the holiday special for the whole family.
As a kid, Fourth of July isn’t complete without a neighborhood parade. Showing off your Stars and Stripes doesn’t have to cost a lot. Bikes and wagons can be decorated with tinsel, tape, streamers, balloons, ribbons or red and white soda cans off the back. They can also make firecracker noisemakers out of toilet paper rolls, tissue paper, rice and some ribbon. Face paint is also an easy way to add some spirit to the parade for any age kids.
This adorable patriotic robot can hold anything from cookies to napkins in his belly, and he is happy to store the utensils up top. He is made out of mostly cans and duct tape so any age kids can help with this craft. You can find the materials and instructions here.
This entire wreath was made from felt, hot glue and a wire hanger. It looks fancy and complicated but kids old enough to help with the hot glue gun will be able to make this wreath with you. Check out the tutorial here.
This is a great craft for little ones. Have them finger paint an American flag with red, white and blue paint. You could also include a history lesson on the meaning of the 50 stars and 13 stripes. This should definitely be done outside and in some old clothes. Hang it up in the house, the frontyard or the backyard for weeks to come.
Paint little fingers red, white or blue, then add a sparkle layer for easy patriotic spirit fingers. If you have all three colors, you could paint each finger or toe a random color. Add stars and stripes for the most festive Independence Day manicure.
This flag pennant banner can be a craft for the whole family. Cut out letters to say Happy 4th, Fourth of July or Happy Birthday America. You can use paint, paper, ribbon, foam, felt, wrapping paper or anything else lying around the house to decorate the pennants. You can use this as an opportunity to talk about the meaning of freedom in America, and how our Armed Forces protect us every day.
This cake has hundreds of variations, but it’s very fitting for a Fourth of July celebration. It requires white cake mix, your favorite frosting and any kind of blue and red Jell-O. Kids always love it because they get to see the Jell-O ooze into the cake. Plus, there is leftover Jell-O to enjoy after you bake it! Here is how to make it with your family.
Everyone can be included to make these tasty treats.Use stars, flags or rectangle cookie cutters to make the patriotic shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters, round cookies with firework decorations will work. Little kids can add star sprinkles to their creations, while the older kids and adults can attempt the waving flags. Either way, they will be delicious to enjoy together afterward.
There are hundreds of fruit tart recipes to choose from. This semi-homemade recipe is from Pillsbury. Use any combination of strawberries, cherries, rasberries, blueberries and bananas to make this the focal point of the celebration.