Fun Independence Day Activity and Craft Ideas!

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We love to fully embrace holiday and seasonal fun in this house. I’m briefly putting my former preschool teacher hat back on to share some of the activity ideas I’m planning (and aspiring) to do with my littles to get in the Independence Day spirit! We celebrate Independence Day and America the entire month of July (and throughout the summer, too), so we’ll continue to do some of these even after July 4th has passed.

Firework Painting

Independence Day Activity and Craft Ideas

Firework paintings are one of my favorite fun and easy July 4th art activities. I love seeing the creative process and letting the child make the art uniquely his or her own. This activity provides enough structure to keep children engaged while also being open-ended for children to express themselves in their own way.

Take a paper towel or toilet paper roll and cut strips about halfway down the tube. You will likely want to have one tube per color (red, white, and blue). The child can then dip the frayed end of the tube into the desired paint color, and print, tap, or brush the paint from the tube onto the paper! It’s fun for the kids and makes for cute DIY Americana décor.

Flag Fruit Pizza

Independence Day Activity and Craft Ideas

Get some sugar cookie dough and press it together on the bottom of a pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes based on how “done” you want it to be. Once it cools, spread whipped cream or white frosting on the “pizza.” Decorate the pizza with strawberries and blueberries however you see fit! You can make it into a flag by putting blueberries in the top left corner along with stripes of strawberries across. You can also just put strawberries and blueberries all over the pizza randomly, which is really fun, especially for littles! Activity and dessert?! We love a good multitasking moment!

America Sensory Bin

Independence Day Activity and Craft Ideas

Sensory bins do not have to be extravagant to be impactful and engaging! They can seem intimidating, but they can be so simple. For the America sensory bin, I usually just grab anything red, white, blue, or glittery and throw it in a tub! Some ideas of materials include pom poms, red/white/blue scrap paper, American flags, star cutouts or toys, red/white/blue beaded necklaces, etc. The dollar store also has great seasonal options. Sometimes I’ll run in there for a few items to make the bin more “themed” if I want to or if I have time. If not, I just look at our craft and toy stash, grab anything red/white/blue, and make it work!

“Light Show”

Independence Day Activity and Craft Ideas

Another easy fave is putting red, white, and blue glow sticks in the bathtub or in an empty plastic water bottle. This makes for an engaging discovery activity and can make something so routine feel exciting.

Happy Independence Day!

I hope this quick list is helpful and at least gets your wheels turning about other fun Independence Day activities you can do with your kids. Make it your own, keep it simple, and remember to have fun!

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Audra Smith did not spend her childhood in Alabama, but got down here as fast as she could! Originally from Ohio, Audra met and married her husband (of nearly 6 years now), Brian, while in college, and they decided to move to Alabama on a whim a year after graduation, resulting in the best decision ever made. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies/Child Development. Audra spent the first few years after the move working for The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa within Early Childhood Education. After years of working in close proximity to Big Al, it’s safe to say now that she is a faithful Tide fan. Audra is an Army National Guard wife due to Brian’s military service and dedication to the great state of Alabama and our country. After enduring years of infertility, Audra and Brian were miraculously blessed with their daughter Nora Jo, who was born in March 2018 in the heart of Birmingham. Audra now resides in the Chelsea area (Sterrett) with her husband Brian, daughter Nora Jo, and living security system (lab/hound mix) Hamilton. When she’s not wrangling and chasing after a spunky toddler, Audra enjoys a good book, just about a million cups of coffee a day, embracing/celebrating the wild ride of postpartum, any DIY crafty project, and being on the water. She initially went to college for Vocal Music, and still enjoys music and singing very much as an outlet (even if she’s mostly singing “Baby Shark” these days.) Audra is passionate about raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes, as she lives with this disease every day. Audra is currently a stay at home mom who makes it a priority to cultivate side projects related to her passions. She enjoys connecting with other mamas, women, and anyone who needs someone to talk to. Instagram has become a virtual tribe for her, and if you’d like to participate, head on over to @audrashoupesmith whenever you need a dose of “real life.”

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