Independence Day is almost here—celebrate with your children and/or the children in your care with these six spectacular 4th of July activities!

1. Popsicle Stick Flags

We love these cute Popsicle Stick Flags, and we’re sure children will enjoy making them! You can even turn the flags into a flag banner to hang in your classroom or on your mantel at home.

Source: http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/06/blast-from-past-popsicle-stick-flags.html

2. Make Cool Fireworks Pictures and Shakers

With this activity, you can use glitter to make fireworks pictures, and you can also use ribbons and dowel rods to make fun shakers for children to wave around on the 4th of July.

Materials:

glue, blue construction paper, glitter, dowel rods, curling ribbon (red, white, and blue), scissors

What to Do:

  1. Invite the children to use glue to make fireworks shapes on their blue paper.
  2. Have them shake glitter on the glue to make sparkly fireworks.
  3. Cut two pieces of each color of ribbon for each child.
  4. Help the children tie the ribbons on a dowel rod.
  5. Have them put glue at the top of the dowel rod and slide the ribbon knot over the top to secure the ribbons. Let dry.
  6. Use scissors to curl the ribbons loosely from the end (adult only).

More to Do:

Talk about the Fourth of July and how it is also called Independence Day. Talk about how fireworks are used to celebrate our country’s independence from England.

Source: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

3. Pom-Pom Flag Painting

For this patriotic craft, clothespins and pom-poms serve as substitute paint brushes for children as they create the American flag.

Source: http://www.craftymorning.com/pom-pom-american-flag-painting-craft-kids/

4. Star-Spangled Napkin Rings

Children can make patriotic napkin rings for their 4th of July family cookout or for snack time at school!

Materials:

poster board (red, blue, and white), scissors, ruler, glue, tape

What to Do:

  1. Cut blue poster board into 5” x 1” strips and red poster board into 5” x ½” strips.
  2. Give each child a blue strip and a red strip. Show them how to glue the red strip in the center of the blue strip. Let dry.
  3. Have them bend their strips into a circle. Overlap the ends about ¼” and secure them with tape.
  4. Cut a star for each child out of white poster board.
  5. Help children tape a star over the secured ends of their rings.
  6. Have them fold or roll a napkin and slip it into their napkin rings.

More to Do:

Use this craft to teach children about table settings and manners.

Source: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities

5. 4th of July Poem and Movement Activity

Get kids excited for the 4th of July with this poem and movement activity! It’s the perfect activity for young children who are scared of fireworks or for children who have issues with sensory processing.

Source: http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/4th-of-july-poem-and-movement-activity-for-kids/#_a5y_p=1920971

6. American Flag Fruit Kabobs

Have children help you make these colorful and patriotic fruit kabobs for a snack to help celebrate the 4th of July!

Source: http://www.my2sisters.com/2014/06/american-flag-kabobs.html

Be sure to check out our Celebrating the 4th of July Pinterest board for more crafts and activities.

We hope you have a great 4th of July with your family and friends!