The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it is nice to let the kids join the fun and celebration through different Fourth of July arts and crafts, food, and activities. The current pandemic may limit movement and cause a change in your family’s plans. However, this year’s celebrations, albeit different from what you are accustomed to, may still involve a lot of things to keep the young ones entertained while sharing the value of patriotism.
Children love the parades and the fireworks, but with the pandemic and all, you may move the decors and celebrations indoors. Involving your children in planning and creating theme-based decorations will surely double the day’s fun, plus it can be an excellent opportunity for learning as well. Here is a list of colorful and enjoyable Independence Day crafts for children according to age level you can do together.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
Toddlers and preschool children love to accessorize. In this Independence Day project, you will need red, blue, white beads, and wax cords or strings. Apart from making this as an adornment, your young child’s excellent motor skills will also improve.
Although this cannot be waved in the usual parades as in the previous years, you can still make these for fun with your young kids. You need sticks and theme-colored ribbons or cloth. Scraps will do!
Printing American flag templates for toddlers or preschoolers to paint is not just a classic but meaningful activity. You can put your children’s flags around the home for all your indoor Independence Day festivities.
Grade School Children
Using Ziplocs sandwich bags, put salt or sand and a tiny bit of gel food coloring. Of course, you need red and blue colors. Seal and let your kids mix, shake, and squeeze the bags to spread the colors. Remember to use different packs per color. You will also need plain-colored salt or sand. Arrange your colorful sand by layer in recycled jars.
· 4th of July slime
Slime is a simple but extremely versatile project, and you can make it to match any holiday. There are a lot of online recipes for slime that you may replicate and don’t forget to include Independence Day colors and other fun stuff to level it up.
· Balloon darts
If you have a safe and spacious area in your home, this is a fun activity you can do with your kids either in your yard or porch, or game room. Instead of a typical dart game, you may use blue, white, and red targets such as printed sheets or balloons and pop them using dart pins. You can modify the rules or methods to make it more suitable for the family.
Your teens are very much capable of popping their popcorn so, this craft is doable within minutes and can go nicely with your popcorn. All you need are some red, blue, and white paper lunch bags. Nest them together and fringe the edges using scissors. Fold over the fringes you’ve made and fill with popcorn and serve.
Fourth of July cookies and cupcakes
Your big boys and girls may enjoy doing these Independence Day themed treats. You can make cookie and cake bases ahead and frost them with blue, red, and white frosting. Your children’s imagination is the limit.
Make your own Fourth of July themed shirts. You may opt for iron-transfer images or stencil and textile paints, or you may even choose to do some freehand designs. Apart from being a fun bonding activity, you may do this in advance and wear it on July 4th.
Whatever is your child’s age, you can definitely choose a fun and exciting DIY craft that they can do for the celebration of Independence Day. Why don’t you let their creativity flow and give them the freedom to express themselves not just on this day but on every single day! Let them enjoy childhood because they won’t be doing these crafts for kids all their life.