Let Freedom Ring: July 4th Crafts, Activities, and Snacks for Kids

July 4th Kids Crafts, Activities, and Snacks

It seems like the summer is flying by, so I wanted to share with you a few of our favorite 4th of July crafts, activities, and snacks that kids can make!

Scented Patriotic Play Dough

Make some Patriotic Scented Play Dough.

Recycle a plastic baggie into a July 4th Windsock craft.

flag fruit pizza

We think this Flag Fruit Pizza is so yummy!

Make a 4th of July Container Craft out of craft sticks.

star spangled fruit pizza

We also like to make and eat this Star Spangled Fruit Pizza.

Put some special July 4th treats in this Flag Bag Craft.

These multi-layered juice popsicles take a while to make, but they taste super yummy!

Create a torn paper flag craft.

Did you know you can make a wreath out of flip-flops?!!

What are some of your favorite 4th of July kids crafts or snacks?

Patriotic Scented Play Dough Recipe

Written by Monthly Contributor, Daniele Evans, from Domestic Serenity.

Now here’s an activity that’s fun for the kids, and makes the kitchen smell yummy!

Including young ones in the kitchen doesn’t always need to be creating something to eat. My boys, ages 7 and almost 4, were happy to join me in making some new play dough for the summer months.

With the upcoming July 4th holiday, I thought they would enjoy some red, white and blue scented play dough…and I was right!

We had already tried blueberry play dough before, so the recipe wasn’t new–though I tweaked it a little.

Patriotic Play Dough

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 pkgs of Kool-Aid mix (choose 2 of the same flavor) OR 1/2 oz of liquid Kool-Aid
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup flour

Mix water, oil, Kool-Aid dry mix or liquid and salt into a medium saucepan. Cook until salt is dissolved and then add in flour and cream of tartar. Mix well until it forms into a ball, remove from heat and let cool completely before handling. Enjoy!

*You’ll need to make this recipe twice – once for blue (Kool-Aid ice blue raspberry) and once for red (strawberry or cherry). We used this recipe to make sparkling white play dough. To make the white scented, try 2-3 drops of essential oil or a clear extract such as peppermint; add in after the play dough is cooked and cooled. Knead well.

For this simple recipe, here’s what kids can do:

  • measure the water and oil
  • measure all dry ingredients, learning how to do it evenly
  • mix first ingredients into the pan

An adult would need to do the cooking & stirring. Of course, the kiddos will be ready to play when it’s all cooled down.

Enjoy!

 

 daniele

Daniele is a homeschooling Mama of five kiddos and a voracious reader of books. Passionate about her faith, home and family, she blogs about the intentional lifestyle at Domestic Serenity and writes for other online and print publications. Daniele thinks life is made more enjoyable with a cup of herbal tea in hand!

4th of July Dessert: Flag Fruit Pizza

Yesterday, I shared our Star-Spangled Fruit Pizza.  Today, I wanted to share our Flag Fruit Pizza Recipe.  This was a great cooking project for/with the kids!

Fourth of July Dessert:  Flag Fruit Pizza Recipe

Supplies:

  • 9″x13″ pan or other rectangular-shaped pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Roll of sugar cookie dough (I just bought a roll from the store, because I was running out of time)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

1)  Cut the roll of sugar cookie dough into 1/4 inch slices.  Place in the pan and *smash* them together to cover the bottom of the pan.  You could also try to roll out the sugar cookie dough, but this *smash*ing method worked best for us!  :)

2)  Bake according to package directions.  Allow to cool COMPLETELY.

3)  Using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy and smooth.  Spread on the cookie crust.

4)  Make a rectangle filled with blueberries at the top left-hand corner.

5)  Slice strawberries into quarters and place in a row to make lines for your flag.

We were running low on strawberries, so I had to cut some of them into 1/8ths (you can see the ones at the top)!!  I think they look much better when cut into quarters or even halves if you have enough strawberries.

 

4th of July: Flag Bag

The girls loved making this flag bag…they were pretty excited about the super-straight masking tape lines!!

Flag Bag Craft for Kids

Supplies:

  • White paper bag
  • Masking tape
  • Crayons, markers, or paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Star stickers

1)  Place masking tape across the paper sack attaching it to the table.  DO NOT press the tape down very hard on the sack (you’ll have a hard time removing it without tearing the sack if you do)!!  Painter’s tape might work well, too!

2)  Color the non-taped areas red.  (We used crayons, but you could use markers, paints, or whatever!)  Carefully remove the tape.

3)  Cut a rectangle out of blue paper.  Glue it in the corner.  Add stars.  (We used a white crayon, but younger children would have a much easier time with stickers!)

There you have it – a simple bag for a picnic or a special 4th of July Treat Bag!