The Fourth of July is a special day for many Americans, but it can be hard to enjoy the holiday without kids. Luckily, there are plenty of activities that you can do with your child that will keep them entertained while helping them learn about America’s history and celebrate all things red, white and blue. Here are some ideas:
Make a firework collage with bubble wrap and paint
Cut pieces of bubble wrap into rectangles that have an inch or two on each side. Use these pieces as stencils for different colors of paint – use one piece for white and another for red if you want to make an American flag! After this step is finished, wet them thoroughly so they don’t dry out before you get back at it with drying time in between painting sessions.
With a wet sponge or cloth in hand, apply thick layers of paint onto both sides until satisfied with coverage per square inch across all surfaces. Then wait patiently until dry enough before moving on top layer down over top edge again without disturbing what’s underneath since we’re talking about Independence Day here.
Recreate the United States with fruits and vegetables
The first step is to use fruits and vegetables to create each state. For example, if you want to make New Jersey (the Garden State), use red apple slices for its flag and blueberries for its coat of arms. You can also use food coloring to color in each state with different colors of paint or markers so that kids can see where their favorite foods are located in relation to where they live.
Next, draw lines on top of each fruit or vegetable representing their borders by using toothpicks or thin sticks tipped with colored pencils so kids know what each state looks like when they look closely at their creations later down the road when they’re older than preschool age.
Make a wreath of red, white, and blue handprints
A wreath of red, white and blue handprints is a fun way to decorate for the 4th of July. You can use an existing foam wreath form or make your own with cardboard, paper mache and paint. Use acrylic paint to color the hands red, white and blue (or use fingerpaint).Let the kids use their fingers to paint their own hands – this will help them understand how colors work together.
Make a patriotic carton cake (or cupcakes)
Making a patriotic carton cake or cupcakes is as easy as making any other cake. You can use a box mix from the store, or you can make your own version with ingredients that are super easy to find at your local supermarket.
To make an American flag cake, start by mixing together flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated into the batter and then mix in vanilla extract or extract substitutes (like almond extract). Stir in melted butter until combined well with no lumps left behind.
Once everything has been mixed together properly, spoon into greased pans lined with parchment paper so they don’t stick when flipped out later on. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes before removing from the pan immediately after cooling on wire racks set inside baking sheets covered closely with foil overtop each piece individually so they don’t get stuck together during transport.
The Fourth of July is a great time to spend with your preschooler. The activities we’ve suggested are just a few ideas you can try, but they all have one thing in common: they involve playing and having fun! So go ahead, plan ahead for an amazing holiday with your little ones.