10 Easy and Fun 4th July (US Independence Day) Crafts for Kids

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Children, especially toddlers or preschoolers, do not get the meaning of the word ‘Independence’. As parents, you can slowly and steadily make them aware of the sacrifices and struggle through which Americans gained independence. However, while they are still going through this tender phase, they can definitely become a part of the celebrations. You can engage your children with Fourth of July crafts that are fun and exciting. Kids of these ages love colors, and red, white, and blue 4th of July crafts for pre-schoolers is the perfect way for them to get the Independence Day vibes. You can decorate your home or your barbeque party area with the 4th of July art created by your little ones and even brag about their creativity!

Fourth July (Independence Day) Art and Craft Ideas for Children

Below is a list of art and craft ideas that can get your children’s creative juices flowing – eight activities in red, white, and blue for a crafty 4th of July party. There are ideas of varying difficulty levels, and you can choose easy Fourth of July crafts for toddlers or pre-schoolers from this list.

1. DIY Patriotic Windsock

4th July DIY Patriotic Windsock

What You Will Need 

  • Wood embroidery hoop – 6 inches
  • A regular S-hook or swivel clasp
  • Red, white, and blue ribbons of different thicknesses
  • Red, white, and blue sparkle ribbons
  • Red, white, and blue tulle – try to get glitter tulle if possible
  • Fabric scraps in all three colors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Twine

What You Need to Do 

  1. Let the children cut the trims into whatever length they prefer. Usually, 1.5 meters is the ideal length for them to be manageable.
  2. Cut the skinny ribbons twice as long as the length of the Windsock and loop it in half-a-square knots on the hoop.
  3. Hot glue the rest of the ribbons, fabric, and trims to the inside of the hoop from over the rim.
  4. Cover the entire rim of the hoop.
  5. Glue the tulle to the inside of the hoop such that they are concentrated at the centre of the hoop. It gives it a sense of volume.
  6. Use the twine to hang the Windsock by glueing two equally cut parts to either side of the hoop at equal distances.
  7. Remember to thread the swivel clasp or the S-hook to the twine. It could be an engaging 4th of July craft idea for kids.

2. American Heart-Shaped Flag Hand-Print

What You Will Need 

  • Red, white, blue paint
  • Craft/art paper
  • Straws
  • Glue

What You Need to Do 

  1. It is an easy Fourth of July craft for toddlers, who we all know love to be handsy with colors. Color the left hand of your toddler in red and white stripes.
  2. On the right hand, paint the left quadrant of your toddler’s palm in a blue square and the rest of the palm and fingers with red and white colors like in the flag.
  3. Place your toddler’s hands on a piece of craft/art paper in such a manner that both the palms are at 45 degrees to each other with the index fingers slightly touching each other at the tip.
  4. It should make a heart-shaped impression in red, white, and blue. You could paint white stars directly on the paper. You could either cut the flag in the shape of the heart or use the entire art paper to glue it to the straw.

3.  Red, White, and Blue Star Wreath

4th July Red White and Blue Star Wreath

What You Will Need 

  • Paper plates
  • Red, blue art paper
  • Red, white, and blue ribbons
  • StarCraft punching machine

What You Need to Do 

  1. Cut out the centre of the paper plate. You can either use a geometrical compass to draw a circle or just use the embossed circle as a reference.
  2. You can draw stars with a pencil and cut them out with scissors.
  3. Use the different colored paper cut-outs alternatively on the rim of the paper plate and glue them.
  4. Put the red, white and blue ribbons in a bunch and make bows out of them. Glue one bow on top and bottom of the wreath. Use the ribbons to make a loop to hang the wreath. Among the 4th of July crafts for pre-schoolers, this one is one of the easiest but crafty.

4. Firecracker Popcorn Bags

firecracker popcorn bag
Source: Pinterest

What You Will Need 

  • Red, blue and white paper lunch bags
  • Scissors (preferably fringe scissors)

What You Need to Do 

  1. Place the bags one inside the other. Place the white bag inside the blue one. And then place the red bag inside the white bag.
  2. Cut fringes out of the top edges of the three bags You can use fringe scissors (available at art and craft stores) to get it done quickly.
  3. Now, fold over the fringed edges of the bags. You can fluff it out to create volume.
  4. Your popcorn bag is now ready!

5. Red, White, and Blue Slime

What You Will Need 

  • 4-ounce containers of Elmer’s school glue (1 box for each color)
  • 4 TBL of liquid starch for each color
  • Red and blue food color
  • Glitter (red, white, and blue)

What You Need to Do 

  1. Pour the glue from the container and add four tablespoons of the liquid starch to it. Make sure you shake the liquid starch in because it tends to settle.
  2. Add two drops of red and blue food color in the containers designated for each color.
  3. Keep whipping the mix until it goes from a stringy mix to one-slimy dough and then use your hands to knead it.
  4. Add red, white, and blue glitter in the three separate containers.
  5. You can either mix all the slimes and twist them together or put them in separate glass jars in the children’s room.

6. Red, White, and Blue Sand Art

Red, White, and Blue Sand Art

What You Will Need 

  • Sand from a dollar store
  • Zip pouches
  • Red and blue food coloring gel
  • Small funnel
  • Baby food jars

What You Need to Do 

  1. Pour the sand in two different zip pouches.
  2. Add red and blue food coloring gel in the individual pouches and lock them up. Ask your children to mix the gel well with the sand by shaking and massaging the pouch.
  3. Children of all ages will have fun doing this – seeing the white sand turn into the color they want.
  4. Take a baby food jar and put the small funnel on it. Pour the red sand first. Make sure it is layered well.
  5. Pour the white sand and level it well. Top the jar with the blue sand. You can decorate these on a mantle or the kitchen window. You can also make red, white, and blue sandcastles with your children.

7. Glittery Star Wands

What You Will Need 

  • Wooden dowel rods (unfinished wooden sticks)
  • Styrofoam stars
  • Red, white, and blue glitter
  • Red, white, and blue sparkle tape
  • Red, white, and blue craft paint
  • Red, white, and blue shredded metallic ribbon
  • Mod podge glue
  • Hercules tape

What You Need to Do 

  1. Skewer the styrofoam stars into the wooden dowel sticks. It will help with a smudge-free grip and makes it easier for your child to paint the stars.
  2. Mix the glitter with Mod Podge glue. It helps the glitter to stick correctly and prevents shedding. Use two parts of glitter to one part of the glue.
  3. While the sparkle glue dries up, cover other wooden dowel sticks with sparkle tape of different colors.
  4. Wrap one end of the sparkle sticks with the Hercules tape. Take shreds of red, white, and blue metallic ribbon and stick them to the tape.
  5. Make sure the glitter on the stars has dried up properly. Take them out of the skewers and glue them to one end of the wrapped wooden sticks. Make as many such star wands as needed and decorate them in a vase.

8. Confetti Rockets

4th July Confetti Rockets

What You Will Need 

  • Kitchen roll/toilet paper tubes, depending on the thickness and size of the rocket
  • Red, white, and blue craft paper
  • Red, white, and blue decorative paper
  • Stiff paper or visiting cards
  • Marker pens
  • Tissue paper (red and blue)
  • Ready-made confetti from the store or hand-made at home
  • Twine or strings
  • Red, white, and blue streamers
  • Glue
  • Beads of all three colors
  • Paper puncher
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Craft needle

What You Need to Do 

  1. Cut the red/blue tissue paper into small squares, big enough to cover one side of the cardboard tubes.
  2. Either color the plain side of the visiting cards or get red, white and blue card stock. Cut a circular piece big enough to cover the radius of the tube.
  3. Glue the circular card to the centre of the tissue paper of the same color.
  4. Take almost a meter-and-a-half of the colorful strings or twine and thread into the craft needle. Put one colored bead at the knotted end of the string.
  5. Puncture the centre of the card disc which was glued to the tissue earlier.
  6. Cover one side of the cardboard tube with this tissue paper with glue in a manner such that the bead is inside the tube and the colored twine/string hangs outside.
  7. Cover the toilet paper tube with a decorative paper of all three colors. You can either wrap all three colors around one tube or use one particular color on one tube. You can either glue it or staple it.
  8. Glue the red, white and blue ribbons to the decorative paper first, and then stick it to the tube.
  9. Cut a circular disc off the card stock. Snip it from one side right to the centre and then fold it like a cone.
  10. Punch two holes on either side of the tube for the string on which the rocket will hang. Cut the twine or string in two equal sizes and knot them through the holes.
  11. Fill the tube with as much confetti (bought or homemade) as you want.
  12. Seal the top of the tube with the cone. Do not forget to cover the cone with wrapping paper. This Fourth of July craft will need some parental supervision, but it is worth the effort. You can hang these rockets and pull the colorful strings to release the confetti inside.

9. Painted Lawn

What You Will Need 

  • A few cardboard pieces
  • Red, white, and blue spray paint cans
  • Scissors

What You Need to Do 

  1. Make stencils of stars cut out from the cardboard pieces. Make multiple stencils so that you could join your kids in this activity.
  2. Place the stencil on the grass. Use different colored spray cans first to make an even outline of stars.
  3. Remove the stencil and fill the stars with the respective colors. Make sure that you cover the entire lawn with different colors, and if you are planning a barbeque, you can do the same in the area where the guests will be arriving.

10. 4th of July Burlap Banners

Patriotic Burlap Banner
Source: Pinterest

What You Will Need 

  • Burlap
  • Pennant template
  • Scissors
  • Red, blue, and white paint
  • Stencil to create star shapes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Jute rope

What You Need to Do 

  1. First, cut out each of the pennants using a template.
  2. Next, paint half of the total number of pennants blue and the other half white.
  3. Once the paint has dried, take the white-colored pennants. Start creating the stripes by lining rows of painter tape on the pennants. Paint the uncovered rows red.
  4. Now on the blue-colored pennants, stencil out stars, and paint the stars white.
  5. Once all the paint has dried, wrap the topmost portion of the pennants around the jute rope. With the help of the glue gun, stick each pennant to the rope.
  6. Your 4th of July-themed banners are ready!

Hopefully, you will find this above list helpful and instructive in creating 4th of July crafts and engaging your child in decorating your house with Red, White, and Blue.

Also Read:

Creative Cardboard Crafts for Kids
Easy Origami Crafts for Children
Amazing and Simple Paper Crafts for Kids

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