15+ FUN July 4th Crafts

 

Looking for July 4th crafts?

 

I have many fun and festive July 4th crafts for you to try with your kids! These activities are perfect for celebrating our country!

 

Let’s get started with my 15+ FUN July 4th Crafts!

 


Craft #1: Firework Salt Painting

 

Salt painting is my favorite activity to do with my kids. These fireworks turned out SO cool.

 

This July 4th craft is a must-try activity this year!

 

firework salt painting

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

watercolors

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B. Set-up

 

On black cardstock paper, draw the fireworks using a pencil. Then, outline your drawings in school glue.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids sprinkle salt on top of the glue. There should be a TON of salt on the paper. They should remove the excess into the trash.

 

You can choose to do this activity right away or wait till the salt dries. I like doing it both ways, but if you decide to wait, I think the colors turn out better.

 

They will use watercolors to paint the fireworks red and blue! They can skip spaces for the white or paint the whole firework red and blue!

 

Let it dry and see how beautiful it turns out! This is such a great Fourth of July craft for kids.

 


Craft #2: Fingerprint Flag Craft

 

I can’t get enough of fingerprint crafts. This is the PERFECT July 4th craft for kids.

 

This flag also works as the perfect July 4th decor around the house. I love displaying the kid’s artwork around the house.

 

fingerprint flag craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard
  • paint
  • pencil
  • ruler

 

 

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B. Set-up

 

Cut a piece of cardboard into a rectangle shape for a flag. Then, using a ruler, create lines for the flag. You will need to create 13 lines and a square at the top!

 

C. Activity

 

First, you’ll paint your little one’s hand blue, and they will make a print at the top in the square. Make sure to press down on your child’s hand in all places for the print to show up the best!

 

Then, they will wash their hand off to get ready for the prints! Finally, they will make red and white prints for the American flag!

 

What a cute keepsake for the Fourth of July! Put this up each year or make a new one every year to see the difference in prints.

 


Craft #3: Glitter Glue Fireworks

 

There is just something special about glitter glue! My daughter gets SO excited to use it.

 

Making these fireworks is an easy and fun July 4th craft for your kids.

 

glitter glue firework craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Draw fireworks onto a black piece of cardstock using a pencil.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your little ones use glitter glue to trace your lines! They should use different colors for the fireworks.

 

This is a great fine motor activity for kids and helps their handwriting skills because they will be working on tracing lines.

 

Add some stars in the sky and look at the beautiful Fourth of July fireworks craft!

 

RELATED: Fine Motor Activities for Kids 

 


Craft #4: USA Fizzy Ice

 

Looking for a fun and easy science experiment to do with the kids this summer?

 

This Fourth of July fizzy ice experiment is the PERFECT play activity for kids! They will love seeing the reaction that baking soda and vinegar have.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Make ice in ice trays and let them freeze overnight. Then, once they are ready, dump them into a sensory bin.

 

C. Activity

 

Add a few drops of blue and red food coloring to the ice. Then, sprinkle a bunch of baking soda on top of the ice.

 

Fill up some squirt bottles with vinegar. Then, let the kids squirt the vinegar onto the ice to watch it fizz! This is such a fun and simple experiment for the Fourth of July!

 

Talk about how a reaction occurs when baking soda and vinegar mix. That’s why is begins to fizz.

 


Craft #5: Pasta Fireworks

 

Working with pasta is so fun for kids. We love the process of painting the pasta!

 

This July 4th craft for kids is fun because they get to use different types of pasta to create. Pasta is a great sensory filler for kids and works great for crafts.

 

pasta fourth of july craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • TP rolls
  • acrylic paint
  • art tray
  • star stickers
  • pasta (spiral and straight)
  • glue
  • paintbrush
  • hot glue

 

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B. Set-up

 

There aren’t a lot of pasta pieces for this craft, so they can be painted individually. The kids should use a paintbrush and acrylic paint to color the pasta. Let is dry for about 20 minutes before crafting!

 

While waiting for the pasta to dry, they can paint the toilet paper rolls red, white, and blue!

 

C. Activity

 

When everything is dry, the kids can start gluing their fireworks onto the cardboard!

 

The adult should use hot glue to attach the toilet paper rolls to the bottom of the cardboard. Then, kids can use school glue to glue on the spiral and straight pasta to look like fireworks!

 

We added some star stickers onto the toilet paper rolls. Lastly, we added fingerprints next to each straight pasta noodle for the center firework.

 

What a fun and festive Fourth of July craft for kids!

 


 Craft #6: Fourth of July Color by Code

 

This color-by-code July 4th craft is a fun way for kids to work on numbers!

 

My son loves the color-by-code printables SO much! They are by far his favorite learning activity.

 

fourth of july color by code

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the sheets that you want to use!

 

C. Activity

 

Make sure your child understands how to read the key at the top of the page. Then, they will color each number in the picture based on what the key says.

 

These are my kid’s favorite out of all the printables I create. They love revealing the picture at the end!

 

RELATED: Math Printables 

 


Craft #7: Paper Plate Flag Craft

 

Here’s another easy flag July 4th craft for kids. We love using paper plates for crafting because it’s so simple.

 

What is fun about this craft is that we used streamers! This is a beautiful flag craft to hang up at home.

 

paper plate American flag craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • paper plate
  • tape
  • streamer
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • sponge

 

B. Set-up

 

Cut a paper plate in half and paint it blue using acrylic paint! Let this dry; it’ll take about a half-hour to dry.

 

C. Activity

 

Cut red and white streamers. They should be about the same length!

 

Once the paper plate is dry, the kids can tape the steamers onto the back of the paper plate. They should alternate the colors of the steamers.

 

Lastly, create a star shape onto a sponge. Then, cut it out and dip it into the paint. The kids will make star prints on top of the blue paint!

 

This is a cute and easy Fourth of July craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

 

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Craft #8: Fourth of July Lava Lamps

 

We love making lava lamps! It’s such a fun and simple experiment that it is a winner each time we do it.

 

This is the perfect July 4th activity for kids to try. I love you can do this over and over too!

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

In a clear glass or jar, fill it with 3/4 full of baby oil/vegetable oil. Then, add 1/4 cup of water.

 

C. Activity

 

Mix a few squirts of acrylic paint and water together in small cups. Then, mix it up using a spoon.

 

Add the mix into the oil. If you have some star confetti, you can add this into the jars to add a little more effect, but this is optional!

 

Lastly, add in the Alka-Seltzer tablet! Watch it fizz up and create bubbles like a lava lamp!

 

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Craft #9: Q-tip Fireworks

 

This is another fun July 4th craft that works on fine motor skills!

 

This time, it’s using Q-tips and washable paint. When kids use Q-tips trace, they are working on handwriting skills. This is a great way to sneak in some learning!

 

Q-tip firework craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • cardstock paper
  • washable paint
  • Q-tips
  • pencil
  • paint tray

 

B. Set-up

 

Draw fireworks on white paper using a pencil!

 

C. Activity

 

Add paint to a paint tray and grab some Q-tips. The kids will dip their Q-tips into the paint, and they will trace your drawings.

 

You can write a color for the kids to use at the bottom of each firework, or you can leave them blank for the kids to make their own choice.

 

This is a fun and simple setup for kids!

 


Craft #10: TP Roll Fireworks

 

Got a stash of TP rolls? Here’s a fun way to put them to use for a July 4th craft.

 

Toilet paper rolls make the perfect prints for fireworks! All you have to do is make a few cuts in them.

 

TP Roll Fireworks

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

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B. Set-up

 

Make a few cuts into a toilet paper roll. Then, bend them back, so they flair out like a firework!

 

We made two types of cuts in the toilet paper rolls, so they were a little different. Add a bunch of slits and try another one with just a few.

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will use a paintbrush to paint each toilet paper roll on the slits. Then, they will make prints on paper. We made a few of each color across the entire paper.

 

Then, the kids added a squirt of glitter glue in the middle of each firework, spreading it out with their fingers.

 

This is such a fun and colorful Fourth of July craft for kids! I love when we get the chance to reuse supplies to create art.

 


Craft #11: Fingerprint Star Craft

 

Fingerprint crafts are some of our favorite crafts! We love to do them each holiday and season.

 

This July 4th craft for kids is the perfect keepsake or DIY card for someone special.

 

star fingerprint fourth of july craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Print off my star template cut them out, and tape them down to a white/black sheet of paper using masking tape.

 

Grab your paint and add it to a paint tray!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will make different colored fingerprints around the paper. Make sure that they get around the star images so they show up.

 

Pull off the stars to reveal them on the paper!

 

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Craft #12: Popsicle Stick Stars

 

Popsicle stick crafts are easy for the kids to do, and they turn out so cute.

 

I love how festive these stars came out for a July 4th craft!

 

popsicle stick star craft

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

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B. Set-up

 

Paint the popsicle sticks red, white and blue. You can choose to mix colors on the stars or just keep them one color.

 

Once they are dry, the adult will hot glue the sticks in a star shape.

 

C. Activity

 

Now it’s time to decorate! Add a thin layer of glue to the sticks and sprinkle some Fourth of July sprinkles or glitter on the stars.

 

Or, the kids can use glue to stick on poms, buttons, or they can just spread glitter glue on the stars!

 

These are so pretty, and it’s such a fun craft to do with kids!

 


Craft #13: Fireworks in a Jar Experiment

 

I have a science experiment you have to try this summer! Make your own fireworks in a jar!

 

I got this idea from The Genius of Play! It’s an easy science experiment that you can do right at home or in the classroom.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • jar
  • vegetable oil
  • food coloring
  • water
  • spoon

 

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B. Set-up

 

Fill a jar up 3/4 full with water. Then, mix 1/3 cup vegetable oil and a few drops of food coloring in a bowl. We chose to use rainbow colors, but you can use whatever colors you like!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will add the oil mix to the jar using a spoon to help guide it in slowly.

 

Watch the drops of food coloring spread out in the oil and water! It’s mesmerizing to watch. It looks like fireworks in a jar!

 

This is the perfect summer activity for Memorial Day or July fourth!

 

Check out The Genius of Play’s Summer Playbook to discover fun play ideas!

 


Craft #14: USA Skittles Experiment

 

Here is a spin on the classic Skittles experiment for kids!

 

This July 4th activity is perfect because it involves Skittles, which the kids will LOVE!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • white plate
  • red, white, and blue Skittles
  • measuring cup
  • water

 

B. Set-up

 

Set the Skittles up in a red, white, and blue pattern on a white plate in a circle formation.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids use a measuring cup to add some warm water in the middle of the Skittles. The water needs to be touching all the Skittles for this experiment to work.

 

Sit back and watch the reaction occur. You’ll see the colors slowly move towards the middle or outside.

 

The colors look amazing together! This is such a fun and easy experiment for the Fourth of July!

 


Craft #15: Fourth of July Magic Milk

 

The magic milk experiment is one of my all-time favorite experiments to do with the kids.

 

It’s easy, and it gets them excited each time we do it. So we decided to try magic milk as July 4th activity!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • tray
  • whole milk
  • food coloring (not gel)
  • dish soap
  • Q-tip

 

B. Set-up

 

Pour 2 cups of whole milk into a tray or sensory bin. Then, have your child add a few drops of red and blue food coloring to the milk.

 

Make sure to use liquid food coloring instead of gel food coloring because it won’t work as well.

 

C. Activity

 

Add a little dish soap to a bowl and grab a Q-tip. Have the kids dip the Q-tip into the dish soap and slowly touch the food coloring with the soap.

 

Watch the food coloring start to spread! Then, touch all the food coloring spots to keep watching it spread.

 

This is such a fun and simple Fourth of July activity!

 


Craft #16: Sand Party Poppers

 

Looking for a safe way for your kids to do fireworks this year? These July 4th craft sand poppers are a huge hit, and they are fun to make.

 

We created these poppers out of toilet paper rolls and scrapbook paper.

 

sand july fourth part poppers

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

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B. Set-up

 

Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the toilet paper rolls. Wrap the paper around the roll and tape it on using washi tape. We used washi tape because it’s thin, sticks on well, and looks festive with the colors.

 

C. Activity

 

Cut a balloon and tape the bottom of the balloon onto the toilet paper roll using the washi tape.

 

Dump 1/2 cup of sand into the toilet paper roll and some small star stickers. We did not peel off the back, we just tossed them in there so it would be fun for them, and then they could be reused.

 

Head outside and let the kids pull back the balloon to have the sand pop out the top!

 

You can do this over and over again; just add new sand!

 


Craft #17: Firework Sensory Bag

 

Sensory bags are a great way for kids to learn! I love them because it’s mess-free too!

 

This firework sensory bag is a great Fourth of July activity for toddlers and preschoolers to practice colors.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • ziplock bag
  • baby oil/hair gel
  • water
  • poms
  • Sharpies
  • masking tape
  • cotton ball
  • rubbing alcohol

 

 

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B. Set-up

 

To remove the label from the ziplock bag, add a little rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and wipe the label away. Then, dry it off using a towel!

 

Use different color Sharpies to create the fireworks!

 

C. Activity

 

Add a whole bottle of hair gel to the bag or 1/2 a bottle of baby oil. Then, add 1/4 cup of water inside the bag too! Finally, drop the color poms inside to match the color of the fireworks you created.

 

You can use masking tape to tape the sensory bag down to a flat surface; this is optional!

 

Have the kids scoot the poms to the correct colored fireworks! This helps them with color matching skills as well as fine motor skills.

 

RELATED: Sensory Activities for Kids

 


Craft #18: Fizzy Play Tray

 

When I think of July 4th and Memorial Day, I think about the people who have/had served our country, fireworks, and celebrating America!

 

Which makes fizzy play an excellent activity for the kids!

 

 

USA fizzy play

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

sensory bin

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B. Set-up

 

In a tray, dump a package of baking soda!

In a cup, add a few drops of food coloring vinegar. Mix it up!

 

Add in a few festive accessories like glitter stars and hats.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids use droppers to squirt the food coloring mixture into the baking soda!

 

They will love seeing it fizz and erupt.

 

 

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

There are so many fun arts and crafts that you can do with your kids to celebrate July fourth!

 

I hope you found some crafts and activities that will fill your July fourth with great memories and fun! Which activity was your favorite on the list? Comment below to let me know; I’d love to hear from you!

 

Happy Fourth of July!

 

Deena

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