The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. It has been since I was about 4 years old. Maybe it’s the feel of the warm sun that has finally arrived after so many cold months; maybe it’s the reaction to being united with friends and family, or possibly it’s just so exciting to enjoy an evening of magical colors exploding in the sky. Whatever the reason, here are some ideas to create a child-safe yet magically explosive 4th of July celebration for your little ones. As we celebrate a great birthday party for our nation, and remind ourselves how lucky we are to be free; supplement some red, white and blue to your celebration.
Fireworks in a Jar
· Fill a mason jar ¾ full of water
· In a separate container mix cooking oil and red and blue food color.
Use a fork to gently mix up the colors
· Slowly pour the oil mixture into the mason jar filled with water. This is fun for all ages!
Shaving Cream Fireworks
Fill the pan with shaving cream. Use a piece of cardboard or something else to smooth it out in the pan and make a level surface.
Drop red and blue paint in dots all over the shaving cream.
Take a toothpick and start in the center drawing straight out, like making the rays on a sun.
Keep the kiddos busy by sending them on a hunt for sticks. With some glue and paint, they can create their own flag.
Merry Making Wearables
Dress in bright colors of red, white and blue that are even more fun when children make them all by themselves! Flip- Flops- Purchase Dollar Store flip flops and allow children to tie on patriotic cotton material, or for a variation tie on uninflated red, white and blue water balloons. Simple Necklace- String blue pony beads and red and white cut straw pieces on string, or cord. This helps little hands to develop fine motor skills.4th of July Crown- Use pipe cleaners or ribbon to construct a crown, and tie on several curly ribbons in red, white and blue.
Star Spangled Slime
2 bottles of school glue (Elmer’s)
1/3 cup liquid starch- add just a little at a time to the glue
Red White and Blue Punch
Forget the punch. I want the licorice stick straw, don’t you?
Ingredients: Cranberry Juice Cocktail Blueberry Pomegranate G2 Gatorade Mandarin Orange Clear American Zero
1. Pour about an inch of cranberry into the bottom of a clear glass.
2. Fill with ice to the top.
3. Slowly pour in the Gatorade until the glass is 2/3 full.
4. Top off with clear soda.
5. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving to make sure the different drinks have time to fully separate.
You will need: ·
10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
· 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
· 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
· Red and Blue Regular M&M’s
· Red and Blue Pretzel M&M’s
Beautiful Fruit Snacks
Just because it looks sweet, doesn’t mean it can’t be nutritious too. Summer fruit is inspiring when it comes to a red, white and blue theme. Use these ideas, or create your own sweet treats.
Safe Sparkler Holder
If you want your younger children to hold a sparkler, make sure you provide 100% supervision. Sparkler holders should be standing up, not sitting down. Children really have no idea how hot sparklers get and it is your responsibility to look after them. As directed by the packet, never give sparklers to children under 5 years old. This photo from BusyMoms.com, suggests a way to protect hands.
More safety suggestions:
Wear closed-toe shoes, when handling sparklers.
Give each child her own individual sparkler and then light it. Do not pass an already lit sparkler. Putting them together creates a risk of flare-up. A bundle of sparklers can be enough to burn arms or faces. Do not allow children to play with more than one stick at a time.
Everyone using a sparkler should be at least six feet from one another.
Never toss or throw a sparkler
The stick remains hot long after the flame is gone. Sparklers consist of a metal rod with a thin coating of pyrotechnic compound. This burns to give the sparks and in the process, heats up to several hundred degrees Celsius. They also remain very hot after use as the metal rod takes a few minutes to cool down. Dispose of sticks ASAP in a bucket of water.
As we take time to celebrate this Independence Day, celebrate your blessings and the USA that we love. Have a safe and wonderful day of memories.