Whether you are staying at home or hitting the road this holiday weekend, this month’s issue of Craft your Kids Smart contains crafts and activities that will keep you kids entertained and help your entire family celebrate Independence Day.

These crafts and learning activities are great for a rainy day or a July 4th picnic. Set up a craft station and watch the kids create. Bring along the hula hoops and kids (and adults) of all ages can enjoy some easy games.

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4th of July Parade Crafts
These July 4th crafts are easy and fun to create and even more fun to play! Toddlers can join in too. When completed, all the kids can march in an Independence Day parade!
What is learned/ practiced: creativity, fine motor skills, music & rhythm.

Supplies for all of these crafts:
  • Paper (red, white, and blue) cut into various shapes (stars, stripes, squares)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Red and blue crayons and markers
  • July 4th stickers
Set up the supplies in separate plastic containers and let the kids be creative…
  1. July 4th Shaker
    • Have preschoolers decorate (with paper, crayons, stickers) the outside of 2 paper plates
    • Place beans or dry pasta in between
    • Have an adult staple the edges shut (tape over staples to protect little fingers)
    • Shake away!
  2. July 4th Hat
    • Provide each child with a piece of red, white, or blue paper cut in half length wise and stapled end to end
    • Have kids decorate
    • Place the strip around the head and mark the appropriate size
    • Have an adult staple and tape over the staples
  3. July 4th Streamers
    • Kids can decorate empty paper towel rolls or paper plates
    • Attach red, white, and blue crepe paper streamers to the end or outside (tape works best for this)
    • Dance and shake!

July 4th Picnic Book
This easy learning activity is great for kids excited for holiday festivities. While your preparing or packing, preschoolers can help by “listing” needed items in their very own book. This preschool activity works for upcoming vacations too.
What is learned/ practiced: math skills (categorization), fine motor skills, scissor practice, writing skills


  • Magazines
  • White paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Crayons, markers, stamps, stickers
  • Stapler

  1. On the top of separate sheets of white paper, write (or help your preschooler write) the different categories. For example: “What I need to bring…” or “What I am going to eat…” or “What I’m going to play…”
  2. Depending on your child’s age and ability, have her look through magazines and cut out pictures (or precut appropriate pictures) for each category
  3. Glue pictures onto the matching sheet of white paper (a soccer ball on “What I’m going to play…” or a juice box on “What I’m going to eat…”)
  4. Older preschoolers can draw pictures also
  5. Make a cover for the book (“Our July 4th Picnic” or “Our Independence Day Weekend” or “Our Camping Trip’)

Hula Hoop Games
Kids of all ages LOVE hula hoops. And- they’re not just for spinning around your waist. Toddlers love to jump in and out or climb through them. Preschoolers love to throw things through them. The possibilities are endless. If you need to entertain a bunch of young kids this 4th of July, bring along some hula hoops and a few other supplies and let the fun begin!
What is learned/ practiced: gross motor skills (jumping, throwing), hand-eye coordination, how to follow directions.

Throwing Games

  • Hang a hula hoop on a low tree branch or tie to a higher branch (watch kids around ropes!)
  • Place a cone or other object to mark the line for kids to stand behind (if kids are different ages, have different lines for each age)
  • Provide balls, Frisbees, pool noodles, and/or water balloons
  • Let kids take turns trying to throw the different objects through the hoop
  • OPTIONAL: Tape red, white, and blue streamers from the top of the hoop

Jumping Games

  • Set up a row of multiple hoops
  • Kids can jump from hoop to hoop (try 2 feet, hop like a bunny, frog jumps, jump on one foot…
  • If kids are old enough, set up 2 rows and have a relay race

Listening Games

  • Simon Says: Provide each child with her own hula hoop. “Simon Says… jump in your hoop, walk around your hoop, put one foot inside and one foot outside, hold your hoop over your head, etc…”
  • Musical Hoops: Place hoops in a circle and play music. When the music stops, each child must find a hoop in which to stand.


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