Fruit Fling (Salad or Dessert)

I’m not sure whether to call this Fruit Fling recipe a salad or dessert. The original recipe calls it a salad, but it tastes like a dessert. Either way you serve this, you’ll love it.

The name is a bit of a tongue twister. Say it 5 times quickly and you’ll know what I mean. This is one of my mom’s recipes so don’t know where it originated or how it got its quirky name!

The Fruit Fling goes together so quickly and makes a large bowl full! This is more than a family can eat. If you are taking this to a potluck or have a large gathering, make the whole recipe, otherwise, cut this in half and you’ll have more than plenty for your family. For extra color, add more strawberries or blueberries on the top before serving.

Fruit Fling (salad or dessert)

Fruit Fling

1 – 16 ounce vanilla yogurt

12 oz. frozen whipped topping – thawed

2 pkg. ( 3.4 0z.) vanilla instant pudding

1 can 20 oz. crushed pineapple – DRAINED

Strawberries, blueberries, either or both!

Directions:

Mix yogurt, crushed pineapple, whipped topping and pudding by hand.

Add fresh strawberries, blueberries or both!

Place in refrigerator until served

For a full recipe, I used 1 quart of strawberries, quartered, and 1  1/2 pints of blueberries.  (vary amounts to your liking)

Before serving add additional fresh fruit on top!

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 Would you serve this as a salad or dessert?

Enjoy!

Phyllis (Oma)

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Patriotic Rag Wreath

Patriotic Rag Wreath

Short on time to make something special or different for Memorial Day or the 4th of July? This idea takes very little time and may be the project that is just right for you. It is easy enough for a child to do as long as they can tie a knot. You see, tying a knot is the greatest skill level needed to make this Patriotic Rag Wreath.

Patriotic Rag Wreath

 This idea was born after I saw a 4th of July Rag Wreath here.

I wanted to make it more in the traditional red, white and blue.

I happened to have  red, white and blue sheets that were in a bag ready to be donated to a thrift shop. When I thought of  making this, I went right to that bag and salvaged those sheets! Lucky I had not given them away! I just happened to have everything on hand. Here are the supplies I used….

Supplies:

red, white and blue material 

  I liked the sheets as there was no wrong side. The solid color was on both sides. You might want to remember this if you buy material. (If buying material, adjust amount to the size of the wreath. One fourth yard of red and white will be more than plenty – 1/8 yd. of blue for a 6 inch wreath)

Wire – 12 gauge   (this can vary – it’s just what I had on hand)

Foam glitter stars or any stars

 

Directions:

Tear or cut material into 1  1/2 inch wide strips

Cut strips into approx 5 1/2 inch lengths

I used 21 (5 1/2″) lengths of white, 21 lengths of red, and 10 lengths of blue.  This was for a 6 inch diameter wreath.

If you make a bigger wreath, you will need to adjust those lengths. You want an open area in the middle of the wreath. Trim lengths if you find them too long.

Bend wire into a 6 inch diameter circle and bend a hook or loop for hanging the wreath.  ( Adjust this diameter to your liking.)

Fold in half and tie each length on to the wire. I tied 3  of red and then 3  of white. For the blue area, I tied 10 lengths.

Patriotic Rag Wreath

Alternate red and white.

When finished tying all the lengths, add foam sparkle stickers to the blue area.

Make is as fluffy or flat as you choose.  Hang on a door, window or use in your decor as a patriotic accent!

Fast, easy and turns out great!

patriotic Rag Wreath

 Check out my other 4th of July Patriotic posts for more games and crafts Part 1 & Part 2

Other options: Make a larger wreath using a hanger for the wire base. Adjust the length of the pieces to the size of the wreath.

Rag Wreath

It works as a candle ring, too!

 

Happy 4th of July!

Phyllis (Oma)

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4th of July Toddler Crafts

4th of July Toddler Crafts

4th of July Toddler Crafts

A friend of mine asked me for some toddler ideas for the 4th of July. The three that I came up are easy and use materials you most likely have on hand. Remember, I like easy, inexpensive and quick crafts! With the short attention span that toddlers have, these 4th of July toddler crafts are just the right time length for success! The end products look great, too!

 

 

1. American Flag

Supplies:

Red, White and Blue Construction Paper

scissors

White Tempra Paint

Brush, Glue

Small star cookie cutter or white foam sticker stars

 

Directions:

Cut a rectangle to fit in top left hand corner of the white paper.

Cut strips of red construction paper into squares.

Very lightly, draw lines for the red stripes. It makes it easier to know where to glue the squares on the white paper

Take blue rectangle and add stars.

Options:

#1 Dip cookie cutter in white paint and stamp on the blue paper.

#2 Use stickers for the stars.

#3 Use finger and dip in paint and apply to blue rectangle.

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Paste blue rectangle in the left corner of the white paper.

Using a small sponge, sponge brush, paper squares or just a finger dipped in paint, make the red stripes of the flag.

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This method uses red squares cut out of construction paper. Other methods mentioned above work, too!

 

4th of July Toddler craftsSample of a brush method or finger method of painting the stripes.

Cover with contact paper and use as a placemat!

2 Patriotic Flower Centerpiece

Along with the placemat,  you need a centerpiece! Kids can’t mess this one up. Anyway it is painted, it works.

Supplies:

White coffee filters

Pipe Cleaners

Red and Blue Tempra Paint

Paint brush ( small foam or other)

 

Directions:

Paint one coffee filter red in a circle pattern. It’s OK that it is not perfect. You do want some white showing.

Paint another one blue.

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This is the mom’s part:

When dry, fold 2-3 pieces together into fourths. You can use one plain  coffee filter for the middle one.

Cut a small hole and insert the pipe cleaner and bend around to secure. Wrap a piece of tape around the opening.

Cut slits going half way down.

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Open the flower and separate filter pieces.

Place 3 in a bud vase.

4th of july toddler crafts

 

3.  Translucent Stars

    Window Decoration

Another kid-friendly 4th of July Toddler Craft! They will love the beautiful colors showing through!

Supplies:

Red, White & Blue Tissue Paper ( Cut into squares -you don’t need to be precise)

Contact Paper

Scissors

Directions:

Place a piece of contact paper down with sticky side up

Apply squares of tissue paper, in random order, covering the entire surface . Overlap colors.

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Place another sheet of contact paper on top.

Cut out stars of various sizes.  Place on a window to show the patriotic colors.

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 Have fun with your toddler making these easy crafts!

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Happy 4th of July!

Phyllis (Oma)

 

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Patriotic Tree

Patriotic Tree

This post is part of the awesome Red White Blue Series over at Sugar Bee Crafts. I am pleased to be a part of this series of wonderful patriotic projects. Thanks to Mandy for including my Patriotic Tree as one of the featured projects. Buzz on over to Sugar Bee Crafts and see all the wonderful projects.

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Patriotic Tree

You may have noticed that I have done a few patriotic posts from t-shirts to decorations. Now I’m presenting another one with the Patriotic Tree.

Did you know there are four holidays to use this patriotic craft? Memorial Day, 4th of July, Flag Day and Veteran’s Day!  That’s maximum use for your patriotic decorations! This tree does not use a “Christmas tree”, but uses tree branches or a jewelry tree (which I happened to have and don’t use ). Each of the decorations on the tree are easy for kids to make so let them have fun creating this project!

It’s OK that every star is different!

Supplies:

Paper Mache’ Stars (cost 67 cents) I found these on sale for 40% off!! Yea!

Star Beads with red, silver, and blue beads (these came together in one package)

Pipe cleaners

Small wooden stars (optional)

Foam sticker stars (optional)

Glitter, garland pieces and other patriotic decorations (ribbons & bows?)

Red, White & Blue Paint or colored markers for the wooden stars

Patriotic Tree

Lost cost supplies to make a great centerpiece!

 

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Found a garland on sale which even included some rings for hanging!

 

Directions:

Paint stars or color with markers (both sides).  When dry, adhere decorations or foam stickers on the flat back side of the mache’ stars.  Use glitter on top side or leave plain.

Decorate small stars with stickers, glitter or paint.

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Wooden stars colored with markers. Glitter glue and foam stickers were added. Drill a small hole for hanging.

String beads on pipe cleaners  (Turn end over to secure beads and make a hook-like end for hanging) This is easy enough for a preschooler to do!

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Threading the beads on a pipe cleaner is easy for kids to do!

Use small pieces of patriotic garland for decorating the tree, too!

Find branches (no leaves),  place in a vase, and decorate with patriotic ornaments. Branches also look good painted white or silver!

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Place painted or natural branches in a vase and add the decorations.

This is my jewelry tree that worked well, too!

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Using a jewelry tree works, too!

From small kids to adults, anyone can make something to add to this tree!

Have a great holiday!

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July 4th Decorations, Crafts and Games – Part 2

This is  “Part 2” with lots more ideas for July 4th Decorations, Crafts and Games! Some are ideas I have gathered and some are my own ideas. I give credit for those that I’ve rounded up so click on the links for their complete posts.

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 July 4th Decorations, Crafts and Games

Part 2

 

July 4th Decorations:

1. Patriotic Wreath

This is an easy one to do and turns out to be very impressive! A great tutorial is given on this site, too!

creativecapitalb.com

 

2. Pinwheel Wreath:

Another fun wreath made from printable pinwheels! This site gives complete instructions and free printable pinwheels!   Go to niftythriftythings.com

Print out pinwheels and place them on a wreath.

Here’s another site for printable pinwheels…... www.craftJr.com

Another site is here.

 

3. Rosette Wreath:

This wreath is made from pinwheels or rosettes!

july wreath

Complete directions are found at allyou.com

 

4. Patriotic Centerpieces:

An earlier post of mine is found here.

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Quick & easy decorations for Memorial Day or 4th of July!

Many other posts for 4th of July decorations are found on the menu above. Check out  “Holidays”- 4th of July for the $1 Patriotic Star, Patriotic Candle Ring and others.

5. Flag Wreath:

Very simple to make wreath using small flags.  Go here for directions.

crochet wreath

waving eagle

                          from   favecrafts

 

 

 

 

 

Kid’s Crafts

1. Make a cute Uncle Sam Puppet….

Directions found at notimeforflashcards

 

2. Luminaries:

  Decorate Jars with red, white and blue tissue paper. Even toddlers can do this one! Place a LED votive light or glow stick inside. Use as a table decoration or line your walkway!

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For complete directions, go to fortheloveof.com

3. Patriotic Fireworks:

Love the look of these paper decorations.  This site has a wonderful tutorial on how to make them. Use these in the wreath decoration idea above.

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4. Patriotic Centerpiece:

 Simple, but cute for your table!

This idea is from www.frugallivingandhavingfun.com    Go to their site for a free download of 4th of July crafts.

5. Printable Craft Ideas:

DollarStoreCrafts has tons of printables listed here.

 

Games:

 

1. Conversation Games:

I came across some fun conversation starter games and ideas for all ages from happyhomefairy

2. 4th of July Ring Toss at RootsandWingsCo

3. Online Games: Well, if you must have some online games for when it rains, here they are…  http://akidsheart.com/holidays/july4/jgames.htm

4. Word Games and Word Searches

found here at   http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fourth-of-july/printables/

5. Family Parade!  

Have on hand lots of crêpe paper streamers, some printables, tape, scissors, ribbons, colored paper, banners, pinwheels, and all sorts of patriotic decorative items. (Dollar Store items) Let kids (perhaps adults, too) make a float, decorate a bike, scooter, stroller or wagon and have a fun family parade! Use drums, whistles, bells, etc., too! Record and play patriotic music. Take lots of pictures! Award prizes for different categories such as: most patriotic, funniest, cutest, sportiest, craziest, most artistic, etc.  Make up categories so each participant gets an award. Need some ideas? Go to http://www.howdoesshe.com/4th-of-july-parade/   for some cute pictures and ideas for your family parade! Fourth of July Bike Clip Art

This picture is from the Martha Stewart site that has lots of free printables to use for a bike parade  …  HERE!

6.Lots of free printable July 4th word games, memory game, patriotic dominoes:

more on this site…  dltk-kids.com

7. More printable games and ideas are found on this site….  

http://blog.hwtm.com/holiday-party-ideas/july-4th/

and here….    http://holidays.kaboose.com/july4-printables.html

8. Pass the Flag:

Arrange kids and adults into two teams. Give them a flag and they have to pass it from person to person without using their hands. Don’t make the flag too big. The smaller flags make it harder! If it is all young kids, the bigger flag works better!

9. Patriotic Program:

If you have elementary kids, let them create a Patriotic Program. Give them some printables, decorations, patriotic CD music and let them put together a program for the adults! Give them this idea ahead of July 4th so they can come up with ideas on their own, too!

10. Ring the Flag:

Place a flag some distance away (adjust for different ages). Players throw the hula hoop to try to ring the flag. Give players 10 tries and count the number of successful rings. Variation: Place several flags around the yard. Play like a golf game. Once they ring it, they move to the next one. Lowest score wins!

4th of July games

11. Flag in the Bottle:

Place a jar or a wide mouth bottle on the ground behind a chair. Player kneels on chair facing the back  and tries to see how many flag toothpicks they can land inside the jar. Hands need to rest on the top back of the chair when dropping them.

12.  A complete packet of printables

for ages 3-7 is from Gift of Curiosity.

13.  More printables

for preschool and older from 3 Dinosaurs.

Hope this gives you lots of ideas for your celebrations. Pin them and keep them for other years, too. If you missed Part 1, you’ll want to check out those ideas as well here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful 4th of July!

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4th of July Food Favorites

4th of July Food Favorites

When it comes to entertaining, I like what is easy, delicious, and fun! The 4th of July entertaining is no exception! Entertaining is not fun when you are overwhelmed with every little detail and try to do too much. Choose what you can accomplish realistically and you will do it more often. Having fun together is the most important thing. These 4th of July Food Favorites are easy and fun to put together. They will make a hit at your gathering.

Many of these ideas I chose are great for kids to put together themselves. When the family gets together, it’s fun to have a food activity for them and many of these fit that category. Involving them in the process is a memory maker event, too! It takes a little of the pressure from having everything finished before everyone arrives! The outcomes may not be as perfect as when you do it, but they will still taste the same!

 While the pictures show ten, I included 13 favorite picks! Thirteen stands for the 13 original colonies!

4th of July Food Favorites #4th of July #picnic food #patriotic
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#1 and #2     4th of July Dipped Strawberries

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Easy and quick 4th of July treat!

 

These spectacular looking treats are from www.allrecipes.com

 

Have all the ingredients ready and let the kids put these together! They may not look perfect, but they still will taste good and the kids will love doing it!

Hint: Strawberries should be washed and completely dry! White chocolate coating doesn’t stick to a damp or wet strawberry!

An alternative is to have a bowl of vanilla yogurt and blue sugar for dipping. Dip and eat! No prep involved!

 

 

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Idea from ….   Cupcakes, Kisses ‘n’ Crumbs

 

If you have any white chocolate left over after dipping strawberries, dip pretzels , sugar cookies, sugar ice cream cones or glass rims (see # 4)

 

 

 #3 Cream Cheese Filled Strawberries

 

 Baker’s Royale

 

Do this one yourself! This is too hard for kids to put together, but will be a hit with both kids and adults!

Another version is this…..

From kikukat.blogspot.com

25 jumbo strawberries

     3/4 c heavy whipping cream

     3/4 c milk

     1 small box vanilla instant pudding

     1/2 tsp almond extract

Mix together

Put mixture into a plastic bag. Cut corner of bag and pipe into the strawberries.

Top with a blueberry

 

 

#4 Fourth of July Drink Picks

4th of July

Add a festive touch to drinks to celebrate the 4th!

 

This is another idea for kids to put together! The idea originated with Martha Stewart. With a small cookie cutter, cut out stars from jicama or pineapple.  Have kids thread the items on the skewers or straws for people to add to their drink. Dip glass rims in white chocolate and then red, white and blue sugar for an extra festive touch.

 

4th of July Raspberry Lemonade with star picks!

 My Recipes

 

#5    Flag Cupcakes

This idea is good for a kids’ cupcake decorating station. Have the frosting, blueberries and fruit leather ready to go. It helps to cut the fruit leather into strips beforehand.

4th of July Flag Cupcakes

Easy for kids to put together!

 

Idea from…   www.partycity.com

 

 

#6.  Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Another kid friendly idea! Insert a stick in the ice cream sandwiches, dip it into sprinkles and eat!

 

4th-of-july ice cream sandwiches!

Fun for kids to decorate and eat!

Ice cream Sandwiches can be found on www.LivingLocurto.com

 

 

#7   Red, White and Blue Cake

While this idea is not exactly kid-friendly for helping, they certainly will love to eat it. Make this the day before so everything won’t be last-minute! I had to include this as it is so delicious looking and fun with the combination of the red cake, white frosting, raspberries and blueberries. Instead of a layer cake, make a 9×13 cake and decorate with raspberries and blueberries. ( much easier)

4th of July Cake #4th-of-july # patriotic dessert #red,white, blue www.

Show-stopping Dessert!

idea from www.recipecottage.com

 

#8  Patriotic Brownies

I included this idea because it is an easy dessert to put together. Wh the strawberries and blueberries on top, it looks so festive and tastes good, too. Make cupcakes or make individual brownies in muffin papers and then decorate! I couldn’t find the original link of this picture! I searched and searched so if you know, please contact me and I will edit this post.

Patriotic Brownies #4th-of- July dessert #brownie dessert #

Quick and easy to put together. Makes a big impact!

 

Use the rest of the cream cheese recipe for frosting from the filled strawberries above! Then add the blueberries and strawberries!

 

#9   Red, White and Blue Parfait Jello

What kid doesn’t like Jello? This is so easy to make and have it ready the day before! No last-minute rush! Perhaps this could be just for the kids, however, some adults would like this, too! Add a flag pick for the top!

Recipe found here…

#10  Flag Toast or French Toast

You can even make breakfast patriotic with this Flag Toast! Let kids can make their ow. They would have fun putting this together by themselves. So what if the rows aren’t perfectly straight! Put some sweetened cream cheese or Cool Whip on and then add the strawberry jam, bananas and blueberries! YUM! What a patriotic way to start the day!

Directions are here….

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Use this idea for French Toast! Instead of cream cheese,use whip cream or Cool Whip on the toast. Add strawberries, bananas and blueberries.

 

 #11  Patriotic Rice Krispie Bars

4th of July Rice Krispy Bars

Just add food coloring for the red and blue layer when making the rice krispie bars! Kids loves these!

 

Photo by…..flicker

 

#12 White Chocolate Patriotic Tart

Patriotic Tart

White Chocolate Blueberry Tart

 

Recipe found at  …    www.zoebakes.com

 

#13   Individual Cookie Tarts

4th of July Tarts

 

Let your guests build their own tarts with a sugar cookie as the base!

 

This idea is from www.popsandpodge.com

Ingredients for cream cheese spread:

1  (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

 2  tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

1/2  cup powdered sugar

Mix together

This is enough for approx. 20 cookies

Have strawberries and blueberries washed and ready to place on cookies.

Make these ahead of time or an easier way is the have  bowls of the cream cheese mixture, strawberries, blueberries and let your guests make their own! The sugar cookies can be store-bought. Just don’t tell anyone! So easy! If you make your own sugar cookies, use a star cookie cutter!

 Well, these are my favorite picks for an easy, kid-friendly, no big fuss, 4th of July Food Favorites for a non-hectic 4th of July celebration! Whew! That was a mouthful!

While I call them kid-friendly, adults love these ideas, too!

Lots of these ideas are changeable for other holiday celebrations as well! Just change the color scheme!

 

Let’s celebrate the freedoms that we have in this country!

 

Which idea is your favorite?

Happy entertaining!

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Asian Rice Salad

 

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Asian Rice Salad

At our house, during the summer,we love cold salads. They also make a hit at family or neighborhood outdoor gatherings. Take this Asian Rice Salad to a picnic or potluck gathering and you won’t go home with leftovers! Every bit of this salad goes. This salad makes a great alternative to a pasta salad. Use this Asian Rice Salad as a side salad dish or add chicken or shrimp for a summer entrée.
Besides the wonderful blend of flavors, the colors make it so appealing, too!  My husband likes colorful food and always comments when something doesn’t have enough color.
Well, no problem with lack of color in this Asian Rice Salad!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup fresh snow peas – blanched (I cut these in half at a slant)
  • 3 cups cooked and cooled brown rice ( I used a tablespoon of the Asian Sesame Accents in with the rice while cooking)
  • 2/3 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 – 10 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped (more if you prefer)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced and chopped
  • 2 tbsp. (or more) sesame seeds, toasted or use McCormick’s Asian Sesame Salad Topper Accents

Directions:

1. Chop all ingredients. Blend cooled rice in with chopped ingredients. Moisten the Asian Rice Salad with dressing (I used about half of the bottle) and let the tastes meld for several hours. When ready to serve, remix, add additional dressing if necessary and serve cold!

2. If serving the Asian Rice Salad as a main entree, add shrimp or chicken. Now you have a great summer evening meal!

3. While this salad is not gluten free because of the wheat in the Asian dressing, I am suggesting a homemade Asian dressing to make it gluten free! This will have a sweeter flavor due to the honey. If you have another Asian salad dressing recipe, use it!

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Home made Asian Dressing Ingredients: 

    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger root
    • 3/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce (gluten-free)
    • 3 Tbsp. honey
    • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

1. Put ingredients in a jar with lid and shake to combine ingredients. Remove the lid and microwave for 1 minute to dissolve the honey. Cool and store in refrigerator. Shake well prior to using.

 

 

 Enjoy!

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July 4th Activities, Crafts and Games

 July 4th Activities, Crafts and Games

Part 1

Making your celebration special is easy when you incorporate a couple of patriotic activities, crafts or games. Here is a variety of suggestions for your 4th of July holiday event! Choose what is appropriate for your gathering and have fun!

First a little history…..

While picnics, parades, fireworks,  games and outdoor activities go hand in hand with  this  mid-summer celebration. Unfortunately, many kids and perhaps some adults don’t know what we really celebrate. It is the birthday of our nation!  

On July 4th, 1776, the  Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence.

John Adams, one of the founders of our new nation, said, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.”

Patrick Henry  was an attorney, planter and politician.  He became known as an important orator during the movement for independence.

His famous quote was….
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel.”
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Good words for today!
Now, on to the 4th of July Activities, Crafts and Games!

Patriotic July 4th Activities for your celebration:

Incorporate one or more of these….

1.  Say the Pledge of Allegiance and explain what it means.

      There is a  good YouTube video of comedian Red Skelton explaining the pledge here

2.  Sing the National Anthem

3.  Play patriotic music or sing patriotic songs. Lyrics are here.

4. Printable 50 star America Flag Coloring Page available here.

5.  View the 4 minute clip on the Declaration of Independence here.(for older kids)

        For younger kids here....

6. Who was Uncle Sam? How did he get to be the icon for The United States?

Find out here:

http://news.discovery.com/history/videos/history-uncle-sam-who-was-he.htm

7. Watch the Youtube video on the Preamble by Schoolhouse Rock or Fifty Nifty United States here

 

 

 July 4th Crafts

1.  Make T-shirts

 

I’ve grouped a couple of former t-shirt posts that are great ideas for 4th of July. For this  first one, I saved the idea from the Family Fun magazine perhaps ten years ago. I looked, but couldn’t find the link. Even though the grandchildren were  the ages of 3-5, they were able to make these great looking shirts. I taped the areas ahead of time and they did the painting. The stars were just drawn freehand on the wide painter’s tape then cut and applied on the shirt. We used wide sponge brushes and wherever they painted, it turned out just fine because of the taped off areas.

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Supplies:

White T-Shirts (pre-washed)

Red and Blue Fabric Paint

Sponge Brushes

Painter’s Tape

Directions:

First place painter’s tape on the t-shirt and mask the stripes.  Make them horizontal, diagonal, or vertical.  With tape, square off the blue area and adhere stars.

Next,using sponge brushes, paint the stripes red and the star area blue. When paint is dry, peel off the tape.  Set the paint according to the fabric paint recommendations.

4th of July Flag t-shirts

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They were very proud of how they turned out!

I’m a Mops Mentor and we used this idea as a craft in our Mops group. Each Mom brought a prewashed  t-shirt or onesie for their child and taped it off at the meeting. Some did a diagonal design and others did theirs vertically & horizontally.Whichever way they taped it, they all looked great! Each mom took it home to paint.

(MOPS stands for Mothers of PreSchoolers)

Look! I even found a manufactured shirt for sale using the same method!

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Check out my other t-shirt post here. 

Another t-shirt idea here.

2.   July 4th Hats and Sparklers

Have the kids make these cute hats to wear! Click on the link below for complete directions.

Fourth of July craft

noordinarymomentsblog.com

Thanks to noordinarymomentsblog.com for allowing me to share this idea.

 

3.     July 4th Visor……..

Supplies:

$1 foam visor

Glitter Star Foam Shapes Stickers

Glitter Glue ( this takes a long time to dry so eliminate if they want to wear immediately)

Directions:

  Place foam sticker shapes of various size stars, etc. on the visor!

Now, that’s easy!!!!

 

DIY 4th of July Crafts #kids #4th-of-July #Patriotic

 

Let kids create their own visor!

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July 4th Games

1. Water Balloons: With the weather usually hot, the old stand-by of throwing water balloons is always fun! Vary the game with water balloon tag. One person is it and tags another by throwing a water balloon.

2. Patriotic Bingo: free printable bingo cards here Free Printable Patriotic Bingo Cards {Activities for Kids}, shared by Lorie A on Tip Junkie

3. Near the Flag:  Stick an American flag (small or medium size) in the ground at some distance away from players. Play this game with frisbees or balls. The person who successfully lands his frisbee or ball nearest the American the flag scores a point.! The one scoring the point for that round gets to decide where to move the flag for the next round. First one to score 5 or 10 points, wins! (similar to bocce ball) Use pom-pom shooters, too. Using marshmallows, the person closest to the flag gets a point and moves the flag to a different position. Go here to find directions for the pom-pom shooters.

4. Frisbee Golf: Play this game in an area with trees. Place a number on each tree. (doesn’t need to be 18 trees) Players throw the frisbee trying to hit the numbered tree. Once the player hits the first tree, then go to the second, third, etc. Count the number of throws and the one with the lowest number wins. (Just like golf) For young children, three trees is plenty. For 4th of July version, use lots of flags on the trees!

5. Duck, Duck, Dump!: This game is a variation of Duck, Duck, Grey Duck. Players sit in a circle and the one that is “it” has a cup of water. They walk around the circle saying, “Duck, Duck”….. and when they say “Dump”, they dump the cup of water on the one chosen and run around the circle trying to get back to the place of the one they chose. Play this with water balloons, too!

6. Flag Hunt: Buy a couple packages of little flag picks (the ones you use for cupcakes, sandwiches, etc.) Place these in different places around the area (in a bush, near a flower in the garden. under a table, on a tree). Be sure to place them where they won’t get stepped on by bare feet! See who can find the most flags in a 5 minute time.This works well if you have some wooded areas around.

7. Play a game of 20 questions. Find facts about the signing of the Declaration of Independence online and do a “test” with teams. Do either multiple choice or fill in the answer. Teams go to different spots so they can work together on the answers! No I-phones allowed!

8. Star Tag: This game is played like a regular tag game except there are stars which are safe spots. You cannot be tagged while there!  The person that is “it” chases to tag another person, but if that person runs to a star, they are safe. They count to 20 and need to run to another star for safety again before being tagged. Make stars by using a cardboard cut-out.  Place cut-out stars on the lawn and sprinkle with flour or use white spray paint (paint will grow out). Do this in several places.

9.Night-Time Star Game: This is played when it is dark. It is similar to Duck, Duck, Grey Duck (Goose). Kids lay flat on ground with feet toward the inside of the circle. They need to be spaced an arm’s length apart. The person laying on the ground picks a star in the sky and stays focused or staring at that star. The one who is “it” goes around the circle with a flashlight. When “it” shines the flashlight on their face, they must quickly get up and race around the circle trying to catch the person before they get back to the open spot.

Hope these ideas help in planning your 4th of July events. More ideas to come in July 4th Decorations, Crafts, and Games! Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the post!

Phyllis (Oma)

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Rhubarb Dump Cake

Rhubarb Dump Cake

Rhubarb season is here! Oh, do I LOVE rhubarb! I make pies, sauce, cake, crisps and jam. Usually I have my favorites, but this time I tried a new recipe. Honestly, it is so easy and while the name ” Rhubarb Dump Cake” doesn’t sound wonderful, it just actually describes what you do with the ingredients. No mixing! I promise that this will be one of your favorites, too!

Just look at the outcome!

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Ingredients

4 cups rhubarb – don’t skimp! (Cut into 1/4 inch pieces)

1 cup sugar

1  4 oz  package of Strawberry Jello (I used sugar-free)

1 package yellow cake mix

1 cup water

1/4 cup butter melted

Directions

In a greased glass pan, place the chopped rhubarb.

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Sprinkle with 1 cup of sugar and 1 package of strawberry jello

rhuarb dump cake

Put yellow cake mix over the rhubarb mixture

Pour one cup of water and 1/4 cup of melted butter over the top.

Do not mix!

(I merely moved the water around gently with a fork to all the areas of the cake mix)

Bake @350 degrees for 45-55 minutes until very lightly browned

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I know you’ll love it!

Enjoy!

Phyllis (Oma)

 

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DIY Picket Fence Valance

 DIY Picket Fence Valance

for a

Garden Bedroom

 

Save those old sections of picket fences! Create this fun up-cycled valence from an old fence section. A garden bedroom theme is perfect when highlighted by a vintage picket fence valance.

To secure the picket fence piece, place a board behind the top edge to secure them against the wall.  Angle the valence out slightly and use an old piece of wood as a bracket on each side at the bottom edge of the valance, securing it back to the wall.

Add some interest with grapevines and berries.

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This is just the start to this Girl’s Garden Bedroom!

If you have more picket fence pieces, they would be perfect for the headboard. If not, add a flowered headboard. How fun to sleep in the middle of a garden!

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DIY Flowered Headboard

 

 

Make bedside tables from planters and lights from metal flower baskets turned upside down to add to the garden theme.

 

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More pickets accent this jewelry cork board covered with fabric and set in an old frame!

 

Jewelry Board  #jewelry #gardenbedroom

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A perfect Garden Bedroom for any girl using old sections of a picket fence!

All pictures are from the Idea House in Mpls., MN

 

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