4th of July is just around the corner. Are you ready for some of the best 4th of July Crafts for Kids?
We have rounded up some easy 4th of July crafts for kids and the whole family.
All these kids crafts use simple materials you can easily find (or get in dollar stores, party stores or online). You and your kids can have so much fun making these patriotic crafts for kids together!
4th of July craft supplies
You may want to get an assortment of 4th of July craft supplies to have on hand for kids activities leading up to the big day. Some of the most popular 4th of July crafts will need:
- Red, white, and blue construction paper
- Polyester/Nylon Sweet Petite Ribbon (stars, stripes, red, white, blue)
- Red and white pom poms (so you can make a great Pom Pom Flag Sign)
- U.S.A. and 4th of July stickers
- Foam stars (red, white, blue)
- Patriotic U.S.A. temporary tattoos
- Fireworks cutout shapes (foam or wood)
- Felt stars
- Red, white and blue beads for friendship bracelets and friendship pins
- Red White Blue 3 Color Stick Face Paint
You might also want to read some of our 12 Easy Crafts for Kids so that you can craft all summer long with the kids.
4th of July crafts for toddlers
When you think about 4th of July crafts for toddlers you need to remember they won’t be perfect pieces of art.
Age appropriate crafts should have a sensory and creative intention for toddlers.
Remember what they see, smell, and touch are the ways in which toddlers learn about the world around them.
Here are some toddler craft ideas which will stimulate their senses.
4th of July Sidewalk Flag
Why not get out the Washable Sidewalk Chalk and make a 4th of July flag in front of your house?
Sidewalk chalk is a great way for toddlers to practice their gross and fine-motor skills. You can show them a picture of a flag and ask them:
- What colors do we need?
- Do you see any shapes?
- What is big and what is small?
Then, with the help of an adult, draw out a flag with your toddler! They will be so proud to show neighbors and family their American flag they drew.
4th of July foam frame
A 4th of July foam frame is an easy glue and press craft for toddlers.
Just get a foam frame (available at dollar stores or art stores). A red, white or blue frame is best.
Then, get foam stars (again, available at any store which sells craft supplies).
After you have gathered your supplies, have your toddler glue the stars on to the foam frame.
Some foam shapes have adhesive backing so you might not even need the glue for this activity!
Kids will have a blast sticking stars to their frames.
4th of July sensory bin
OK not so much of a craft as a toddler activity but creating a 4th of July sensory bin for toddlers can be a great way to keep them busy.
Take a bag of rice (a white rice works best). Then, divide it into thirds. The first third you will want to keep white.
The second pile, you will want to put in a bowl and add a couple of drops of natural red food coloring. Mix around to coat. Then, let it dry.
The last pile, you will put in a bowl and add blue food coloring; mixing to coat. Then, allow to dry.
When the red and blue rice are dry (allow it to dry fully so it won’t transfer the color onto little toddler fingers) combine with the white rice into a bin. Add in measuring cups or clean plastic cups for scooping. Then, invite your toddler to come play. Supervise of course, to ensure they don’t try eating any of the uncooked rice.
TIP: cover with an air-tight top and this sensory bin can be reused over and over.
Easy 4th of July crafts for kids
Here is a list of pin-worthy easy 4th of July crafts for kids. If you are hosting a BBQ with friends, family and/or neighbors you might want to pick a few of these crafts and create a crafting area for the kids to enjoy.
Or if you are having a block party have each house put out an activity and kids can do a craft crawl up and down the street.
4th of July Face paint ideas
- American flag
- Stars and stripes
- Statue of Liberty
Easy Kids Craft Ideas for the 4th of July
Construction paper crown (red, white, blue)
Take red, white, or blue construction paper. Cut a piece of paper long enough to fit around your head. Cut “peaks” with scissors for the top of the crown. Staple ends together. Decorate as you wish.
Beaded necklace, bracelet, or friendship pin
Take red, blue, white beads and bead them together on a string to the size you require.
Take a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll and glue strips of red, white, and blue tissue paper to it. On the other end, punch two holes in the top and thread string through it. Tie to knot. Hang from trees to blow in the wind.
Paper plate wreath (put on your windows or your doors!)
Cut the middle of a paper plate out. Then decorate the “wreath” with red, white, and blue shapes.
Fireworks painting (who can draw the best fireworks?)
Go ahead and grab some paper and paint and paint what fireworks look like to you.
Wand kits are available at craft stores. Usually consist of a star foam shape, ribbon, and firm straw or you can grab your own supplies and make your own!
Tie-dye t-shirt (red, white, and blue of course)
You can tie-dye a t-shirt using fabric color. Be sure you have adult supervision when tie-dying.
Make a border with a solid color. Inside, glue or tape different colors of tissue paper.
Measure one inch from the top of the construction paper and cut down to one inch from the bottom. Staple the top and bottom ends together to make a paper lantern.
Try your hand at making your very own confetti poppers or pick up a kit from your local craft store.
Paper plate shaker for parades
Grab some paper plates and decorate the outside. Then grab some dried beans and place them between the two plates. Tape the plates together so none of the beans can escape, and then you have made your very own noisemaker!
Red, white, and blue slime
Grab your favorite slime recipe, and then color it red, white, and blue for hours of fun.
Be sure you store it in an airtight container for lots of use!
Cut strips of construction paper. Link them together using glue or a stapler.
Cut construction paper into a square. Bend in two opposite corners and fasten with glue or tape. Attach to a straw.
Grab a poster board and create a red, white, and blue poster to carry in the parade. Or for you to wave as you watch the parade this year!
Grab your own “knot your own blanket” kit at the craft store and create your own 4th of July picnic blanket!
Block Party Ideas for the 4th of July
If you are hosting a backyard BBQ or a block party there are a bunch of family fun ideas for the 4th of July. These aren’t just great kid activities but fun for all ages!
- Three-legged race
- Potato sack race
- Street hockey
- Hop scotch
- Bean bag toss
- Backyard Olympics
- Egg race
- Giant wooden Jenga
- Life size pack man
- Pull of war
- Lawn dominos
- Backyard bowling
- Water balloons
Whatever you decide to do as kids activities for the 4th of July, make it a fun and positive experience.
With some of the ideas above you can create works of art you can hang onto for years (like the foam frames).
What are some of your favorite 4th of July craft ideas for kids? Share in the comments.
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