You and your family can celebrate Independence Day early this year by working on some creative, patriotic crafts that will get your kids excited for the day and the fireworks to come. These fun crafts for kids are perfect for engaging children of all ages on the Fourth of July.
To start this festive craft from Better Homes and Gardens, take six chenille stems of the same color and cut them in half. Cover both ends in half an inch of craft glue, and then dip them into a bowl of colorful glitter. When they’re dry, wrap one stem around the others, and bend and twist the stems to form the shape of fireworks. You can even make several fireworks to form a mobile that can hang from the ceiling.
Patriotic Drink Holders
Turn red, white and blue foam insulators into personalized drink holders so you’ll always know which beverage is yours. This Better Homes and Gardens craft involves decorating foam holders in any way you like using paint pens, stickers and other materials.
Perfect as an alternative to a firework display, your kids can set off these Martha Stewart balloon fireworks safely at home. Use a funnel to pour confetti into balloons until they’re one quarter full and inflate using a hand pump. When it’s time for your home firework display, give the kids a sharpened pencil to pop the balloons.
Independence Day Beanbag Toss
This Better Homes and Gardens idea is a craft and game in one! Paint six empty metal cans in patriotic designs, and once the paint is dry, stack the cans into a pyramid. Then, take turns trying to knock them down with a beanbag.
Stars and Stripes Cupcakes
Bake some Martha Stewart cupcakes using your favorite cake recipe, and ice them with white buttercream frosting. Create the cake decor in the shape of flags by piping blue buttercream for stars and cutting strips of red licorice for stripes.
If you’ll be out and about for most of the day on the fourth, you need to protect your eyes from the sun. Check out Real Kids’ collection of stylish shades for a pair for your kids this holiday.