enrichment, holidays — July 2, 2013 8:22 pm

Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

Looking to make your own red, white & blue fun this Fourth of July? We’ve included some of our favorite crafts that kids will love.

Melting Stars
Materials
: plastic beads (we used only the red, blue, and clear beads), metal cookie cutter (we used a star), metal baking sheet, oven mitts

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1. Place a metal cookie cutter on a metal baking sheet.
2. Place a selection of plastic beads inside the cookie cutter. Make sure to completely cover theĀ bottom.
3. Place baking sheet with the beads into the oven for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.
4. Make sure to have good ventilation while melting the plastic.
5. Using oven mitts, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let it cool.
6. Check to make sure plastic is melted.
7. Once the cookie cutter is cool, gently pull on sides to loosen from the melted plastic.
8. A hole can be drilled into the finished piece for easy hanging. Make sure to wear safety glasses!

 

Glitter Fireworks
Materials: foam sheet or glitter sheet (we used black), glitter glue

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1. Draw fireworks with the glitter glue. Make sure to use different colors for a colorful piece.
2. Let dry before moving.

 

Wooden Flag
Materials: popsicle sticks, wide tape, craft paint, paintbrush, star stickers

Instructions:
1. Lay out an odd number of popsicle sticks (we used five) and tape them together on one side.
2. Flip the sticks over and paint every other stick red. Make sure to leave a square for the blue section.
3. When the red paint is dry, paint the rest of the sticks white.
4. When the white stick are dry, fill in the square with blue.
5. When the blue paint dries, either paint the stars or use stickers like we did.
6. Don’t worry about getting the correct number of stars or stripes – it will still look fantastic.

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Popsicle Bang
(Okay, this one isn’t really a craft, but we’re pretty sure they will love it!)
Ingredients: Kool-Aid or other colored drink, popsicle mold, foil, rubber band, popsicle sticks

Instructions:
1. Use your favorite blue-colored drink (we mixed up some berry flavored Kool-Aid) and fill the molds 1/3 of the way.
2. Cover with foil and wrap a rubber band around the top.
3. Carefully poke the popsicle sticks through the foil.
4. Put in freezer for about an hour or until solid.
5. Remove rubber band and foil.
6. Use your favorite clear or white-colored drink (we used no artificial color Gatorade) and pour into mold until mold is about 2/3 filled.
7. Put in freezer for another hour or until solid. (No need to use the foil again.)
8. Use your favorite red-colored drink (we used cherry Kool-Aid) and fill the mold to the top.
9. Freeze for another hour or until solid.
10. When ready to eat, run warm water on outside of mold to release popsicle and enjoy the treat!

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