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


Red, White and Blue Construction Paper


White Tempra Paint

Brush, Glue

Small star cookie cutter or white foam sticker stars



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.


#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.


White coffee filters

Pipe Cleaners

Red and Blue Tempra Paint

Paint brush ( small foam or other)



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!


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

Contact Paper



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!


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!



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!

Phyllis (Oma)

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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!



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.

4th of July Centerpieces #centerpiece, #4th-of-july #Memorial-day www.grandparentsplus.com
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!


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.


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.




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….  


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!

Phyllis (Oma)

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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….


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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DIY 4th of July – Memorial Day Centerpieces

No Vase?

No Problem!


Looking for easy, inexpensive, yet impressive DIY centerpieces

for the 4th of July or Memorial Day?

Well, check out these ideas!

These centerpieces won’t blow away with the summer breezes. They will stay right where placed because of the weighted “vases”.

Not only are these centerpieces great for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, but by adjusting the colors to your liking, they make lovely centerpieces at any casual outdoor wedding or party.



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I got this centerpiece construction hint from a friend that worked as a floral designer.

It sure cuts down on the cost of multiple centerpieces.




Brown Lunch Bag with flat bottom (If you want taller centerpieces, use a tall, flat-bottomed, brown paper bag from a liquor store. Another option is to use white bags from a bakery)


Cat Litter or Sand


Paper Towel or Newspaper


Choice of Silk Flowers


Red, white & blue ribbon, twisty garland or raffia  

(I bought red, white & blue curling ribbon at the Dollar Tree)

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Materials Needed for 4th of July or Memorial Day centerpieces. (Not pictured: cat litter or sand)


Open bag and scoop cat litter or sand and fill almost half way.

4th of July materials

4th of July fpm

Take some paper towel, wad it up, and place on top of the sand or cat litter.

This gives your centerpiece so much weight that it will  stay on the table even when windy!

Add the flowers and tie tightly with a twisty patriotic garland, patriotic curling ribbon or just plain raffia.

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Tied with red, white, and blue curling ribbon.

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Centerpiece tied with a piece of twisty red, white & blue garland.



Red, white and blue napkin rings from paper towel or toilet paper rolls add to the theme.  Complete directions are found here.

Another option for a decorative napkin ring is using a piece of twisty garland.

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This centerpiece uses the taller liquor store bag.

DIY Centerpieces #centerpiece #paper-bag #flowers

Another easy and quick centerpiece idea is from Catchmyparty.com

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Use a ball jar wrapped with fringed burlap and tied with a ribbon. For 4th of July or Memorial Day, use a patriotic ribbon! After the party, reuse the jars for jam!

If you’re on a budget, but want that extra special touch, these ideas are a super way to go! When I look at some of the table settings for the 4th of July on Pinterest and in magazines, I wonder, “Who sets such a formal table for the 4th of July?”. To me, 4th of July is casual, no mess paper plates and napkins! These decorations fit right in with “casual” and “outdoors”.

Besides that, as I said, they are so inexpensive, quick and easy!!!

(My kind of qualifications for a project!)


I hope these ideas are helpful and fun for you to use!

Yea! Red, White and Blue!

Celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy!


Are you the formal or informal type

for 4th of July / Memorial Day



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