Fourth of July
This firework craft is our 4th of July version of our Love Bomb craft we made last year. That was such a hit I knew I’d have to do it again but I was waiting for just the right time. Yesterday was that time. It looks messy and daunting but this us actually a super simple 4th of July craft . I can’t help but think of bombs bursting in air when I see these fireworks!
- Gather your materials. You will need some paper bags, red, white and blue streamers, and I added some foil too. Scissors, glue and black paper. Oh and a vacuum on hand.
- Cut up the streamers and foil into small confetti pieces.
- Fill the bag.
- Add your glue to the black paper in the shape of a firework in the night sky.
- Fill your bag with air. PLEASE adults only for this step . If your child sucks in the air from the bag before blowing ( which is pretty natural to do) they could suck up some of the confetti. So it’s best left for the adults. Besides the kids don’t care about blowing it up they just want to pop it.
- Place the paper with glue on the floor and pop it!
- Scoop the extra confetti up and plop it on the glue. After seeing her brother do it my ready to swim wee one decided it did look cool and joined in. I popped the bag for her but she shook the contents all over her glue.
- Let dry!
I know I sound like a nervous nelly but I really try to make sure that I treat your kids the way I treat my kids if not a little more cautiously. This is not a dangerous activity and my 6 year old thinks it’s beyond super cool but I do want to make sure that everyone is safe.
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I had grand plans for dying rice, finding star shaped containers and some flags for a 4th of July sensory bin but life got in the way and I ran out of time. So yesterday when my daughter and I had some time alone and quiet ( after weeks of family and running around) I used it to make this simple sensory activity.
- Gather your materials. You will need a tray or pan some shaving cream, paint ( finger paint works great!) , glitter and some tools for mixing like paint brushes , spoons and spatulas.
- Spray the shaving cream in.
- Add the paint. I started just by squeezing it on, then used a brush to make it look like fireworks . My daughter couldn’t care less she is 2 and has only ever seen them once . The goal for her is to mix and explore.
- Add glitter! For you who aren’t keen on glitter you will like this , the glitter doesn’t spread all over. Ready for the kiddo- who was napping. Luckily the cream stays fluffy.
- Time to explore. She immediately went for the tools I had laid out for her.
- Asked for a napkin when she got some on her fingers.
- Mixed and mixed.
While she was exploring I narrated some, asked her what she saw, what she liked… but didn’t direct . Let them explore until they start throwing it on the floor or push away from the table. The great thing about this is that it really does last longer than you’d think. Hours later when my son got home from the beach with his dad he gave it a few mixes too.
When you think of all the things the United States celebrates on the 4th of July independence and freedom are at the heart of it all. So as a fun but still oh so patriotic craft we made these freedom collages. The kids were free to use what they wanted with the only stipulation being that they use red, white and blue. For my kids they do well with fun exciting set ups. The term invitation to play is used in early childhood circles and I often think I set up invitations to create. This was hands off for me other than being a gopher for supplies. While my son created we talked about the revolutionary war ( he is a wee bit obsessed with military history) and while my daughter did I talked a little about what she was doing but really just observed. Here is how we did it.
- Gather your materials. You can use anything. I asked my son what he wanted me to put out and then I added a few more things. We had paint, a canvas, glue,scissors, pipe cleaners (love these sparkly ones ) , buttons, paper, plastic lids, and sticky back foam.
- Step everything up ready for your patriotic artist.
- Create. There are so many possible lessons in open art like this let your child direct the creation and the lessons will follow.
- They both started with paint. And we stumbled upon a lesson in color mixing with my daughter.
- Fine motor skills got a good work out while they peeled the back off the sticky back foam.
- Even though my kids did this project separately ( my son and I did it while my daughter was napping and when she woke she wanted to make one too). There wasn’t much difference other than putting the smaller buttons in the jar and leaving out only the larger ones she won’t try to eat.
- Let dry and display.
4th of July is coming up fast and it’s time to make some easy kids crafts, treats and red white and blue decorations for your house. These are some of our favorite 4th of July crafts and if it’s on this site you know it’s easy. I am far too impatient for anything complicated! I hope you find a patriotic craft that fits your family and have fun making it together.
Hand print Fireworks
Uncle Sam Puppet
Star Rice Crispy Treats
Flag F Letter Craft
Easy 4th of July Wreath
USA Silhouette Map Art
Sponge Painted American Flag
Cupcake Liner Fireworks
American Flag Place Mat
Star Cookie Cutter Prints
American Flag Cupcakes
Red White and Blue Sensory Bin
Crayon Resist Flag Craft
I stand by that title, this really is the easy and cheap too, but still a super cute 4th of July craft . We used felt but you could use fabric if you have it on hand. My son was busy playing knights with his grandparents visiting from Texas but I think he could have made this with me. It’s a great patterning lesson, though I would guess most 5 and under would tire of it after a few minutes so make this a group endeavor if need be.