4th of July Craft { Confetti Pop Fireworks }

4th of july craft idea   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!

  1. 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. confetti pop firework craft for kids
  2. Cut up the streamers and foil into small confetti pieces. confetti fireworks
  3. Fill the bag. confetti 4th of july craft
  4. Add your glue to the black paper in the shape of a firework in the night sky.confetti pop fireworks 4th of july craft
  5. 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.
  6. Place the paper with glue on the floor and pop it! confetti popping fireworks 4th of july
  7. Scoop the extra confetti up and plop it on the glue. Boom Fireworks 4th of july craftAfter seeing her brother do it my ready to swim wee one decided it did look cool and joined in.fireworks craft  4th of july I popped the bag for her but she shook the contents all over her glue. fireworks craft for kids
  8. Let dry! 4th of july craft

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.

Books About The USA

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Super Easy 4th of July Wreath

4th of july 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.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, scissors, and three sheets of felt in red, white and blue.
  2. Cut your felt into strips ours were about 8 inches long.
  3. Cut the middle out of your paper plate.
  4. Start tying – doing a simple double knot.
  5. Continue the pattern all the way around.

Uncle Sam Puppet For The 4th of July

uncle sam puppet for 4th of july craft

This is the first Uncle Sam craft we’ve ever made. Being Canadian I don’t have a great reserve of creative ideas for 4th of July but after brainstorming with my mother in law and looking at my supplies available we settled on making an Uncle Sam paper bag puppet.  It’s easy to adapt to many different ages and the end result was so awesome!Oh and if you want to sneak in some learning this craft is full of all sorts of shapes.

  1. Gather your materials, You will need a paper bag ( ours was a blue one so we also use some paper bag for his face), googly eyes, red, white and blue construction paper, glue, a circle,  heart and star paper punches and scissors.
  2. Start by cutting out the following shapes. Depending on your child’s age and ability make fewer of these for little guys and for older ones have them cut out their own. We used 2 red triangles for the bow tie, a blue square and red rectangle for his hat, and circle for his face. I made smaller rectangles to make his hat striped but it was too much for my guy.
  3. Punch out the circles and stars from the white paper. My son loves using these punches but if you don’t have one or a child who is giddy to use it try cotton balls! If you are using paper punches if you put down a fabric place mat it helps stop runaway paper from getting loose.
  4. Punch out or cut a heart.
  5. Time to add glue. Make sure you are only gluing on the bottom so you can use the bag as a puppet.
  6. Add the face , hat, eyes and more glue for the beard. He was super fast and didn’t need my help so my step by step pictures are a wee bit garbled! This is the look he gave me when I begged him to pause for a picture.
  7. Use the circles to make the beard. Add the triangles for the bow tie and heart for a mouth.
  8. Add the brim of the hat and the stars!
  9. Let dry.

My Favorite Book About The 4th of July

Apple Pie Fourth of Julyby Janet S. Wong is an awesome book. I am always awed by authors who can tackle complicated “adult” issues in the pages of a children’s book successfully. In this case the issue is 1st generation identity and immigration. The little girl in this book is sulking around her parent’s store on the 4th of July. They are busy making Chinese food for customers she is sure won’t come, who would want Chinese food on such an American holiday is her rational. Of course there are layers about her connection to her ancestral culture and her own national pride. As a proud owner of a green card and a Canadian passport I relate to this story, sure the differences are as deep or as obvious to an outsider when this book ended with fireworks I got tingles of pride for my adopted country. Fantastic book- and my son liked it too.

We have lots of other 4th of July book reviews do you have a favorite?