The Fourth of July is right around the corner and a great way to help kids learn about and get in the Fourth of July spirit is to have them work on a craft! These are just a few of our favorite Fourth of July themed crafts that you can do with your kids!
Finger Print American Flag (courtesy of All Kids Network)
This would be a great craft to do with the really young kids, all they need are their little fingers!
You Will Need:
- red stamp pad
- blue stamp pad
- white card stock
- black marker
- Using the red stamp pad, press your childs index finger into the stamp pad. Place your fingerprint sideways, along the bottom of the card. Repeat along the entire bottom of the card to form a red stripe.
- Skip about a 1/2 inch, and create another red stripe across the width of the card. Move your finger up another 1/2 inch and create a third red stripe across the card.
- Continue forming red stripes 1/2 inch apart, but indent 1/3 of the page, to leave room for the blue portion of the flag. Create two of these red, shorter stripes.
- Using the wipes, clean red ink off your index finger.
- Once your finger is clean, place your index finger in the blue stamp pad. In the blank white space left, create a box outline with the blue ink on your finger. Then, randomly stamp spots with the blue ink, leaving enough white spaces as stars on the flag.
- Once you are done you can write a little message on the back, frame it, or just put it on the refrigerator to enjoy!
Straw Fireworks Painting
This is a fun, quick, and inexpensive craft (courtesy of Crafty Morning)
You Will Need:
- 7 Plastic Straws
- White paper
- Start by stretching out the straws as far as they can go and group them together in your hand. Bend the top of the straws so they are sticking out. Have someone tape around the bottom of the straws while you hold them, then add tape around the top of the straws right below where they are bent.
- Have the kids dip the bent part of the straws into blue paint first and stamp it all over the paper. If the paint doesn’t show up great, have them press each straw individually against the paper. Do the same with the red paint and your fireworks are done! Add some glitter if you want some of them to sparkle!
Red White and Blue Sand Art (courtesy of Amy’s Craft Bucket)
Sand is always a hit with kids and with this craft they will also get to help color the sand!
You Will Need:
- ZipLoc sandwich bags (one bag per color per child if you want them to mix their own- it is part of the fun)
- Sand from the dollar store (one time I used salt and it works just fine)
- One baby food jar per child ( or whatever glass jar you want to fill.)
- Food coloring. To get a bright red gel food coloring is best. I used the regular liquid food coloring for the blue.
- Small funnel (optional)
- Put about 1/8th a cup of sand into each child’s zip lock bag and add just a small amount of red food coloring.
- Seal the bags and give to the kids to mix around. They can squish and shake the sand around in the bag. This will help get most of the air out of the bag and get the food coloring on all of the sand.
- Repeat these steps for the blue food coloring.
- Next let the kids either pour the sand through a funnel into the jars or scoop the sand out starting with whichever color they prefer. Repeat this process until you have some variation of Red, White, and Blue!
- Put the lid back on your jar and viola! You have fun decorative 4th of July sand art!
These are just a few of the hundreds of Fourth of July themed crafts that you can do with your kids this year! Happy crafting and Happy Fourth of July!