Crafty Fun for July 4

Traditional parades may be cancelled and big backyard barbeques may remain iffy, but you can still celebrate the nation’s birthday with these fun crafts from Lakeshore Learning.

Fourth of July Firecrackers (Ages 3 and up)

Show off your patriotic pride with these fun-to-make firecrackers.

What You’ll Need:

• Firecracker template

• Cardboard paper towel tubes (cut in half)

• Aluminum foil (cut into 3-inch squares)

• Pipe cleaners

• Markers 

• Glitter 

• Glue 

• Scissors

• Tape

• Stapler

Step 1: Print out the firecracker template ( Color the stripe around the stars blue and every other vertical stripe red. (For an extra-festive touch, decorate with glitter, too.)

Step 2: Cover one end of the cardboard tube with the foil and secure with tape.

Step 3: Cut out the template and glue it around the tube.

Step 4: Take a pipe cleaner and poke it through the foil to make the fuse. (To keep the pipe stem from sliding out, bend the end of the pipe stem that’s on the inside of the tube.)

Star-Spangled Shaker (Ages 4 and up)

Lead your own parade around the living room or down the street with this fun shaker. 

What You’ll Need:

• 2 sturdy paper plates

• Red, white and blue construction paper 

• Scissors

• Markers, colored pencils or crayons

• Glue

• Glitter 

• Lakeshore Jumbo Glitter Painters or paint

• Buttons or beads

• Stapler

Step 1: Decorate the back sides of two paper plates with patriotic designs and colors using markers, colored pencils, crayons or glitter painters.

Step 2: Draw and cut out stars of different sizes on construction paper. Glue the star shapes to the plates.

Step 3: Next, have your child cut lengths of construction paper and glue them to the outer edges of the insides of the plates.

Step 4: Lay one plate flat and invite your child to place a handful of buttons or beads on the plate. Then, position the second plate on top (with the insides of each plate facing each other).

Step 5: Help your child staple all the way around the outer edges to secure the plates together to create the shaker.

Uncle Sam Hat (Ages 6 and up)

We want YOU to have an awesome Fourth of July. Your child can’t miss (or be missed) in this patriotic hat.

What You’ll Need:

• Lakeshore Sentence Strips or construction paper or poster board cut into strips

• Blue and red construction paper 

• Silver glitter tempera paint 

• Scissors

• Glue

• Star-shaped sponge 

• Craft tape 

Step 1: Prepare by cutting a sheet of blue construction paper into an 8-by-9-inch rectangle. Cut red construction paper into 1-by-9-inch strips.

Step 2: Glue the red strips onto the blue construction paper to create the hat.

Step 3: Make stars across a Sentence Strip using silver glitter paint and a star sponge. Glue this strip to the hat. Using another strip, adjust it so that it is long enough to fit around the child’s head, then secure it with craft tape to create the brim of the hat.

Step 4: Just glue the hat to the brim … and your child is ready to wear their stars and stripes.

Independence Day Drum (Ages 3 and up)

This homemade drum will be a hit at any Fourth of July celebration.

What You’ll Need:

• Recycled oatmeal or coffee container with lid

• Red, white and blue construction paper 

• Sponges

• Three paint bowls or disposable pie tins

•  Red, white and blue tempera paint 

• Glue

• Lakeshore Jumbo Glitter Painters 

• Recycled newspaper or butcher paper

• Scissors

Step 1: To prepare, cover your work area with newspaper or butcher paper and pour red, white and blue paint into three bowls or pie tins.

Step 2: Cut three or more sponges into star shapes and place them next to the paint.

Step 3: Measure and cut the red, white and blue construction paper to fit over the lidded oatmeal or coffee container. 

Step 4: Dip the sponges in the paint and stamp the star shape onto the cut sheets of construction paper. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

Step 5: When paint is dry, decorate with glitter painters.

Step 6: Glue sponge-painted sheets around the outside of the container.

Step 7: Play a patriotic tune (such as "My Country ’Tis of Thee" or "This Land Is Your Land") and tap your drum to the beat of the song!

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