Get crafty this Fourth of July and create some fun crafts, games and yummy recipes to celebrate the patriotic holiday. Also don’t miss our list of Fourth of July Parades, Fireworks and Events. 

Crafts:

Patriotic T-Shirt

You will need: White t-shirt; cardboard; masking tape; blue and red fabric paint and small star stickers. Place a piece of cardboard in between the two layers of the t-shirt; this will prevent the paint from leaking to the back of the shirt. Use masking tape to section off the star portion of the flag and to make the white stripes. Dab with blue paint (Make sure to dab enough paint around the stars so that the star shapes can be recognized). Wait until dry and remove star stickers.

Hand Print Flag

You will need: acrylic red, white and blue paint; paintbrushes; light blue and red paper and a white paint marker. Paint a blue square on the palm of hand and then paint white and red stripes down the fingers. Press down on light blue paper to make the print and once dry, mount on larger red paper for a frame.

4th of July Noise Maker

You will need: Plastic water bottle; red, white, or blue spray paint and half-inch electrical tape; beans, gravel, or beads (any small objects); newspaper. Lay out the newspaper and then spray water bottles with one of the colors you choose (remove lid). Let dry completely then add beans, gravel or beads inside. Put the top on the bottle and decorate with red, white and blue tape.  Shake it up when attending 4th of July parades!

Painted Fireworks

You will need: Heavy card stock or construction paper and liquid tempera paints; sponges (shaped like stars); straws; plastic pot scrubbers; stamps and cookie cutters. Use the sponges, stamps, scrubbers and cookie cutters to press designs onto your paper. Drop dabs of paint and blow on them with a straw for a wonderful fireworks design. (Safety tip: To prevent kids from accidentally sucking up the paint, put a small slit in the straw near the top). Use black paper to make white fireworks. Add glitter to make your fireworks sparkle.

Patriotic Wands or Torches

Toilet paper or paper towel tubes, rolled up newspapers or dowel rods will all create a great wand or torch. Paint the tubes red, white and blue and then cut out paper strips or use streamers and tape them to the end of the rolls. Use red paper to look like fire.

Recipes:

Blueberry Sparklers

You will need: 1 cup blueberries; 1 cup white chocolate; 1 teaspoon vegetable oil; 2 tablespoons red and blue sprinkles and bamboo skewers. Spear eight blueberries onto each skewer. Melt chocolate chips and oil in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and continue in 30 second increments until melted. Transfer chocolate into a plastic resealable bag, snip a corner of the bag and then drizzle chocolate over the blueberries and roll into the sprinkles.

Firecracker Cookies

You will need: 1 box French vanilla cake mix (18.25 ounces); 1 tsp baking powder; 2 eggs; ½ cup vegetable oil; 1/2 tsp vanilla extract; ½ cup red sprinkles and ½ cup blue sprinkles. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the sprinkles. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

Patriotic Oreo Pops

You will need: Wilton Candy Melts in Red, White and Royal Blue; Oreo Cookies; 4-inch; Lollipop sticks; assorted sprinkles (small or large stars); 3 Microwave-safe cups and Snack Size resealable plastic bags (optional – for drizzle decorations). Separate Oreos into two halves. Melt a small amount of white candy melts in the Microwave in 20-second increments, stirring well after each. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted candy, and sandwich it between both halves of the Oreo. Allow the candy to cool and firm completely. Repeat this process half in the red and half in the blue melts. Decorate with sprinkles.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers

You will need: 14-oz. angel food cake (cut about 1-inch cubes); 72-84 medium strawberries (about 3.5 lbs.) stems removed; 1 pint blueberries and 24 to 28 skewers. Thread 3 strawberries and 2 cubes of cake onto each skewer, alternating between strawberries and cake. Finish each skewers with 3 blueberries.

Cupcakes in a Jar

You will need: 1/2 pint canning jars; 1 vanilla cake mix; red and blue gel coloring and vanilla frosting. Prepare the vanilla cake batter, then divide equally into three bowls. Color one bowl red and one blue (using concentrated gel coloring). Leave the third bowl uncolored. Prepare three 9-inch cake pans by greasing lightly and lining with parchment paper. Fill each pan with a single color of batter and bake according to package instructions. Once baked, allow cakes to cool, then carefully remove cakes from pans and level as needed. Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out circles of cake. Fill a piping bag with frosting. In each jar, layer blue cake, a little frosting, white cake, a little frosting, red cake, a nice swirl of frosting. Top with red, white and blue sprinkles.

Banana Wafer Sandwiches

You will need: Mini vanilla wafers, Nutella or peanut butter, bananas and sprinkles. Spread Nutella or peanut butter over two mini vanilla wafers. Add a banana slice in between the two vanilla wafers to make it into a mini sandwich.  Roll the edges in red, white and blue sprinkles for a 4th of July twist.

4th of July Edible Flag

You will need: Strawberries, blueberries, whipped topping or white frosting and graham cracker.  Frost the graham cracker with frosting or whipped topping, slice the strawberries long ways and let kids decorate the graham cracker with blueberries and strawberries following the pattern of the American Flag.

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Stars and Stripes Cookies

You will need: NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough; 1 pkg. of light cream cheese at room temperature; 1/3 cup granulated sugar; 24 fresh strawberries; 3/4 cup of fresh blueberries; 2 tablespoons of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels. Roll cookie dough to 1/4-inch thickness between two pieces of wax paper. Remove top piece of paper. Cut cookie dough into stars with 3-inch star cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheet(s). Roll remaining dough to 1/4-inch thickness; cut out additional stars. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown. While hot, reshape and pat edges of each star back into shape with knife. Cool on baking sheet(s) for 2 minutes; remove to wire rack(s) to cool completely. Beat cream cheese and sugar in small mixer bowl until fluffy. Spread onto cookies. Place strawberry slices onto each cookie pointing outward. Place 5 to 6 blueberries in center of each cookie. Top each cookie with morsels.

Other Ideas:

Hooray for America Parade

Organize a holiday parade for your neighborhood. Children can decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers or themselves. Crepe paper, balloons, small flags and bells are perfect accessories for homemade floats. Offer prizes in different categories, such as most original decorations or most colorful costume. Blast patriotic music and invite everyone in the neighborhood to come and cheer.

A Fashionable Fourth

Gather up family and friends for a Fourth of July fashion show! Use red, white and blue nail polish to add instant stars and stripes to solid-colored accessories such as socks, hats, barrettes, shoelaces and sunglasses. Kids may also enjoy having their faces decorated with fireworks and flags. You can make your own face paint by blending one teaspoon cornstarch with half teaspoon cold cream, then adding half teaspoon water and a couple drops of food coloring. The paint is safe for the skin and washes off with soap and water!

Raise the Flag

If You Have a Flag: Break out the stars and stripes and assemble the family for a flag ceremony. Let everyone place the flag in a holder or raise it on a flagpole together, then have your kids lead a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Don’t Own a Flag? Lead the kids in a rousing rendition of George M. Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Cohan also wrote “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,” another fun, patriotic song. (And put buying a flag on you to-do list for next year’s celebration–you can find one for as little as $15).

Make a Flag: Help your kids make their own flags out of construction paper, then glue the flags to sticks and wave them as you celebrate the day.

Red, White and Blue Water Blob 

You will need: Extra heavy duty plastic drop cloths (two 9′ x 12′ plastic drop cloths); Extra sticky duct tape (a mix between Gorilla tape and Clear Duck tape); red, white and blue spray paint to add the flag (Krylon Fusion, which is fast-drying and made for painting plastic). Spread out and layer both drop clops on top of each other outside (on grass or soft ground). Spray paint stars and stripes onto the plastic sheet. Then carefully tape the edges together with at least three layers of tape, making sure to leave one open hole about 6 inches in one corner. Fill the hole with a water hose until the blob is filled and tape off the corner.
Note: There will be occasional holes while kids are jumping on the blob, so wear swimsuits and embrace the water!

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