There are plenty of fun ways that you can craft your way into the 4th of July. Not only is it a great way to teach about the holiday but it also means a lot of creative family fun. If you are looking for some great Independence Day craft ideas, we have some for you. But, before you look at those options, all you have to do to come up with your own is to think about the day, the reason for the day, the colors and the fun it will offer. It’s all about Red, White and Blue. Think of stars and stripes and then give your kids easy ways to craft. Try tissue paper, colored markers or streamers. Consider recycling soda cans, plastic bottles, buttons, or glass to create mosaics and more. Sometimes using different shades of blue makes great design variances and is a great way to teach older kids about art styles. There are plenty of things that you can do to make this day truly amazing. If you are ready to celebrate, here are a few craft ideas to take into consideration. You can find full details on how to make them throughout the web or use your own creativity.
Nothing shouts Happy 4th like the pinwheel. In Dallas, the heat also means wind and that means pinwheels are not just a cheap form of entertainment but can be utilized a lot. You can teach kids about Windmills and wind energy when you create pinwheels.TO make them, simple fold a piece of paper into a star shape. You will want to create a center section that will allow you to place a push pin through it. Have the kids color the paper red, white and blue before they begin folding. You’ll need to squares to work with. Place the two sheets together. Then, cut the first sheet from the corners towards the middle about half way. Fold the corners to the middle, secure with push pin around a pencil at the back.
Flags are the most traditional of ways to celebrate the 4th. For a simple design, have your child color a picture of the flag on a piece of paper. Then, attach one side of the flag to popsicle sticks for a pole and they have a great looking flag to wave! I think this is also a great way to teach kids about what the colors mean and about the states that make up the 50 stars. So the significance of the colors is due to the Seal of the United States
Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress in 1777, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:
“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
Another great way to show your pride is with stars. Here have each child decorate paper stars on the front and the back in a wide range of designs. Anything goes with Red, white and blue . Then, place a small hole through the top of each and string them together. You can hang at your 4th of July celebration for a great way to celebrate. It makes a great decoration for around the table too.
You can find lots of fun craft projects for the 4th of July. In fact, you can make it a history lesson with a few great fact sheets, coloring sheets about the Founding Fathers and a wide range of other things. One thing is for sure. You will want the kids to enjoy themselves. Just getting out the red, white and blue finger paint and letting them go at it is enough to make this a very special celebration of the 4th of July!
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