We’re gearing up to celebrate America’s 238th birthday on July 4th, so we’ve been combing the web for great July 4th kids’ crafts. Since we’re not a particularly crafty family, simple but stunning is our goal here. Immediate gratification is a plus, too.
Cool American Flag Fan. First, since it’s been ridiculously hot here in the northeast, I thought a simple fan project could be both fun and useful. Artists Helping Children was a perfect place to start. They offer a printable template for a cool circular flag fan the kids can make quickly and easily! Craft plus: all the tools to create it are things we already have lying around the house (somewhere) – straws, scissors, glue, a pencil and a stapler. And – of course – the inkjet printer and paper. I used a paper that’s a little heavier weight than the stuff we usually use, to make the fan more sturdy and functional.
These can also be placed in a flower pot or vase as table decorations.
Glowing Jars. Next up, in the interest of avoiding injury and emergency room visits on a holiday (we have a history of sparkler incidents), the concept of creating glow jars sounded very appealing. Let someone else go through the trial and error, I always say! The best instructions I found came from the Gold Jellybean, where they indicate that a piece of tulle makes all the difference. That, and a pair of latex gloves! While the contents of glo-sticks are supposed to be non-toxic, there has been a lot of chatter online about the smell and the fact that they contain glass, which makes it hard to squeeze out the chemicals. This one takes a little patience, but the end results are very cool. Add “diamond dust” (not glitter), which can be purchased at a local craft store, for an additional wow factor!
Summer Food Craft. On the recipe front, I stand by my simple-is-best philosophy and do my best to stay away from the heat of the kitchen in the middle of summer. Berries are in season, and kids can spend a productive half hour or so decorating a cake with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and white frosting. My job is to cut the red berries into strips and the blueberries in half for easier placement. I also love the idea of using star-shaped ice cubes and fruit juices to create tasty summer drinks. An alternative I’m toying with is using a star-shaped cookie cutter on seed-free watermelon for drink garnishes. You can find more drink recipes at delish.com.
And, if you’re having a kid-friendly gathering, we also found a couple of Fourth-themed goodies to enhance the party atmosphere: