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I love holidays with kids. They add a certain level of excitement that you just don’t get with adults. I mean, I like watching fireworks, but Ben loves watching them. He is already talking about how excited he is to see fireworks soon.
There are so many fun and easy ways make holidays special. Just adding the holiday theme to your every day activities makes them more fun. When I am planning for holidays, these are the four things I always try to do.
Kid-Friendly 4th of July Activities
- Serve festive food. It is so easy to create festive meals and snacks for the 4th of July. Anything red, white, and blue or all-American works. If you have little bakers on your hands, you can even bake a birthday cake for America. If nothing else, stick small American flag toothpicks in your sandwich and call it good.
- Wear special clothes. We will wear red, white, and blue clothing to go party with friends and watch fireworks. I will also put glow in the dark necklaces on my kids so it is a little easier to spot them if they wander during the fireworks.
- Read holiday books. When my kids were smaller, I kept a basket with seasonal books next to a comfy chair. I would reserve library books a few weeks in advance and we would read them repeatedly. Libraries do tend to run out of holiday books as the holiday approaches, but Amazon has quite a few 4th of July children’s books with prime shipping.
- Do a few crafts. We are a crafty family. My kids enjoy it so we always have art activities available. If you have a well stocked art cabinet, it is easy to pull festive crafts together. The materials are really cheap if you do need to buy them.
Here are a few quick and easy 4th of July crafts. These crafts can be used with a variety of ages, from toddlers (with supervision, of course) to middle school, depending on interest level. My almost-8 and 11 year olds literally cheered when I brought out these art materials.
Create a fireworks picture using star stickers and glitter glue
We put the star stickers in the center of each firework display and made glitter glue trails. We used black construction paper to simulate the dark sky. If you do not have glitter glue, regular glue sprinkled with glitter will work too. I prefer glitter glue because it isn’t as messy.
Create a fireworks picture with texture by using different instruments
We again used black construction paper to represent the night sky. We used fluorescent tempera paint to make the colors really pop. Rather than use brushes, we painted with plastic forks, q-tips, and tooth picks. The paper plates made perfect paint pallets.
Make (or buy) red, white, and blue play dough
Homemade play dough is cheap, easy to make, and lasts for months. I like this recipe best. It is really easy to make multiple colors at one time. For the Fourth of July I like to put out star cookie cutters. I always recommend playing with play dough on top of a cookie sheet. It keeps the mess contained.
If you like to display your children’s art work (I do!) then I highly recommend this frame. The frame swings open in the front to make changing masterpieces easy and holds extra artwork inside.
I like having one for each child so I don’t appear to play favorites. I have had these frames for over 5 years and they are still going strong.
I hope you have an amazing 4th of July!
What are you doing to celebrate?
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