July 4th Activities, Crafts and Games

Posted by on June 10, 2013 in 4th of July, Crafts, Games, Holidays | 47 comments

 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:


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.

4th of July T-shirt Craft    #t-shirt #craft #patriotic    www.grandparentsplus.com



White T-Shirts (pre-washed)

Red and Blue Fabric Paint

Sponge Brushes

Painter’s Tape


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



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!

4th of July T-shirt   www.grandparentsplus.com

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


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


3.     July 4th Visor……..


$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)


  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!

4th of July Visor Craft www.grandparentsplus.com

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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  1. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. This is such a wonderful resource. I hope you continue participating in my link up.


  2. Lots of fun ideas here-thanks for sharing them at the #sundaysdownunder linky party. I have shared your post on Pinterest.

    Hope your 4th is fabulous!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Thank you for sharing on Pinterest!

  3. Love the shirts… I just need to find a plain white shirt in his drawer to make it.

    • I buy a package of cotton undershirts. Just be sure to wash them first!

  4. Oh you sure know how to keep these little rockers busy. Looks like such a fun kid party! I hope you’ll have a good one this year, and for my 34,000 followers to be inspired by you: I Pinned ya! Thank you so much for linking up at SHARE IT, at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com last week. A new party will open tomorrow and I sure hope to seeing you there again!

    • Thank you for pinning! Appreciate it so much! I’ll stop by!

  5. Hi Phyllis,

    I’m dropping by from the Feathered Nest Friday link party. I love the t-shirts! I’m impressed that your grandkids that are so young can do such a great job making them! I’m going to put this on the list of things to do with my grandkids!

    All the best,

    • When everything is blocked off by tape, they can’t make a mistake! They were proud of them, too!
      Thanks for the invite! I’ll stop by.

  6. I love all of these fun ideas! Those t-shirts are really cool! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

  7. wow what a great list of ideas! this will keep the kids busy for the whole summer!

  8. Stopping by from Craft Schooling Sunday. The flag t-shirts are so cute. My kids would love to do this. Thanks for sharing! Pinning 🙂

    • Yes, the kids loved making them. They couldn’t go wrong!

  9. Great ideas! I especially love the t-shirts!

    • They had so much fun doing them!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I really like this collection you have put together and so timely. Will feature on my fb.and pin. Thanks for stopping by the Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    • Thank you so much! Appreciate it!

  11. Super fun 4th of July Activities. Love the t-shirts & hats!

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I will be sharing it on Twitter later today =) I hope you come by and link up later today =)

  12. Awesome ideas! Thanks for partying with us at Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope to see you back next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  13. So many fun ideas! These are great for the kiddos 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  14. You’re a very crafty lady. Thanks for sharing with us at the HomeAcre Hop. Hope you can stop by again this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-4/

    • Thank you!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  16. Excited to do these with my children! Stopping by from the Adventures of DIY Link Up!

    • Have fun! Have a great 4th of July!

  17. Great Ideas! Thanks for linking up with HickoryTrail

  18. I love those painted shirts! I might have to make them with my kids this year! They always love painting =) Oh, stopping by from Plucky’s!

    • Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Some GREAT ideas there!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  20. What neat ideas!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up!

  21. I love these ideas. I would like to thank you for joining the Pin It Monday Hop Pinterest Party.

    Pursuit Of Functional Home

    • Thanks and stay tuned for Part 2 – more ideas!

  22. I appreciate that you shared a bit of history and a bunch of fun activities. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

    • I think we need to know our history and teach our kids, too! Thanks!

  23. Great ideas! Thanks for linking with us at Marvelous MOndays, pinned to my Marvelous MOndays board.

    • Thank you for pinning to the Marvelous Monday’s Board! Appreciate it!

  24. What a neat ideas!! Thanks for sharen with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

    Sue @ thet2women.com

  25. I love this! I am pinning this!

    • Thank you! Enjoy!

  26. love all the great ideas
    awesome ideas
    come see us over at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  27. What an awesome list! Thanks for sharing it at my Saturday Spotlight link party this week. I shared this on Facebook as well. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angels-Homestead/393874073962702 Thanks again and have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing!

  28. Actually activities with kids are always fun and enjoyable. I really love it.

  29. I can’t believe it’s already that time! Thanks for the collection. It will definitely help out with my kiddos. I’m visiting from Pinterest Power party.
    ~Erin @ Erin’s 2 Cents

    • Thanks for visiting and yes, it’s almost that time!

  30. What a great collection of activities. I’m always looking for fun things to do with the kids. Thanks for coming by and partying with us at Fluster Buster’s Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster


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