Six Fun Fourth Of July Activities For Kids

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The Fourth of July is an exciting time for kids and adults alike. While parents BBQ, mingle, and enjoy the day off, there are plenty of Independence Day themed activities for children as well. Various crafts, games and events are geared specifically to kids, and can provide hours of Fourth of July fun.

Fourth of July Activities

One of the easiest ways to keep kids engaged and entertained on the Fourth of July is to find fun, patriotic activities for them to enjoy. Whether attending an Independence Day event, or hosting one of your own, kids are sure to love one these simple activities.

Parades: Check if your town hosts a local Fourth of July parade. Many smaller parades allow children to join floats already entered in the event, providing your kids a chance to not only watch the Independence Day festivities, but be a part of it themselves.

Block Parties: Organize a Fourth of July block party with your neighbors, allowing kids to spend Independence Day with their friends, while parents get a chance to catch up too. Fun games, activities and food will keep kids and adults entertained, all without needing to leave your street.

Camping: You don't need to visit the woods to let your kids experience the joys of camping. Set up a tent in the backyard, where children can quickly and easily experience the outdoors, all within range of parents at the Fourth of July backyard BBQ. With a few red, white and blue decorations on the tent, this Independence Day activity is sure to keep kids safely entertained.

Fourth of July Crafts

There are plenty of patriotic crafts to keep kids engaged and amused on the Fourth of July. Most take little prep time and require only a few simple materials to complete. Here are some of the best Fourth of July crafts to let your children try this year.

Picture Frames:Set up a station at your Fourth of July party where kids can have their photo taken with Uncle Sam hats, colonial wigs, and red, white and blue decorations. Next, have a separate station where they can decorate a patriotic picture frame, complete with glitter, stars and stripes. Email or print the photos, and let kids enjoy their fun Fourth of July pictures in their very own frames. For the frame you'll need:

Popsicle sticks (Four per child)

Red, white and blue glitter

Patriotic stickers

Craft glue

1. At a designated table, glue four popsicle sticks into a rectangular picture frame.

2. Use glitter and stickers to decorate the frame.

3. When the photos are ready, glue to the back of the frame and enjoy!

Independence Pins: A few simple ingredients are all you need to make Fourth of July dough pins. Easily attached to an outfit, kids can enjoy creating and decorating their very own patriotic accessories. You'll need:

½ cup salt

1 cup flour

½ cup water

red, white and blue acrylic paint

Pin backs

White craft glue

Heart and star shaped cookie cutters

Acrylic sealer spray

1. Mix the salt, flour, and water. Add additional tablespoons of flour as needed until the mixture is smooth.

2. Roll out the dough and press down the cookie cutters to form Fourth of July shapes.

3. Place cookies on a cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, or until the cookies are dry.

4. Remove from oven and let cool.

5. Paint cookies with red, white and blue acrylic paint, then let dry.

6. With the use of a toothpick dipped in paint, you can write "Happy 4th of July", "USA" or other Independence Day sayings on the cookies.

7. Once dry, have an adult spray them with acrylic sealer.

8. When the sealer has finished drying, glue on pin backs and enjoy!

Balloon Rocket: Kids can easily make a small, safe, Fourth of July rocket with a few simple household items. Keep them entertained while waiting for the fireworks display and have a contest to see whose balloon rocket can fly the highest. You'll need:

Plastic drinking straws

Scissors

Long red, white, and blue balloons

Rubber bands

Paper

Markers

Pencil

1. Cut one straw in half. Fold the tip of the straw and insert it into the end of another until it is all the way inside.

2. Slide the neck of a balloon over one end of the double straw, then secure it with a rubber band.

3. Cut a 3-inch-square piece of paper, then fold it in half. This will become the rocket's fin. Then use a pencil to poke a hole through the middle of the fin, and slide it over the other end of the double straw.

4. Decorate the fin of the rocket with red, white and blue Fourth of July designs.

5. To launch the rocket, hold the rubber band around the balloon's neck and blow through the straw.

6. When the balloon is full, let go of your rocket.

With a few materials and some simple planning, it's easy to create a fun fourth of July for the whole family. Whether attending a parade, hosting a party, or making crafts, you can easily keep your kids entertained over the Independence Day holiday.

Last Updated: July 21, 2011
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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