With the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to try out fun 4th of July arts and crafts with your little ones. 4th of July toddler crafts are a great way to let your kids explore their creativity and celebrate on this patriotic holiday.
MaryAnn F. Kohl’s First Art for Toddlers and Twos is a great parent resource full of craft ideas for infants and toddlers you can easily modify for the 4th of July. Here are a some adorable 4th of July crafts you can try out today!
Encourage your little ones to create fun finger paintings perfect for the 4th of July!
- Dollar-Wise Slippery Tabletop Fingerpaint
- Fingerpainting tools
- Low table (on which to paint)
- Measuring cups
- Saucepan and mixing spoon
- Small plastic, paper, or foam cups, in a variety of sizes
- Stove or hot plate (adult only)
- Tempera paints
- Unflavored gelatin
- Water (cold, room temperature, and boiling)
- Cardboard with masking tape around the edges
- Empty yogurt container
- Plastic knife
- Plastic lid cut in half, then the straight edge cut into zigzags and waves
- Plastic-coated spatula
- Wooden spoon
- Make the Dollar-Wise Slippery Tabletop Fingerpaint recipe with the children. In a saucepan, mix ½ cup (60 g) cornstarch and ¾ cup (180 mL), cold water, and stir until smooth. Pour ¾ cup (60 mL) water into a small bowl, and add an envelope of gelatin. Set it aside until the gelatin dissolves slightly. Pour two cups (480 mL) boiling water into the saucepan mixture and stir. Place the saucepan on a stove or hot plate (adult only), and turn the heat on medium. Stir the cornstarch mixture constantly until it boils and becomes clear. Remove from heat. Add in the dissolved gelatin mixture and stir. Add a different color of tempera paint to each bowl.
- Place a variety of cups and fingerpainting tools on a low table.
- Pour a small puddle of paint directly on the tabletop, using one or more colors.
- Fingerpaint directly on the table with fingers and hands, smearing the paint smooth, and then making designs in the paint.
- Explore adding more than one color on the tabletop at a time and mixing them together.
- Experiment with various tools to make additional fingerpainting designs. For example, show children how to turn a small plastic or paper cup upside down and scoot the cup along the table, scraping the paint off wherever it goes and leaving a trail of clean space behind it.
Make your own colorful fireworks this 4th of July with this rainbow activity!
- Heavy zipper-closure plastic baggie (freezer bag)
- Hot plate or stove (adult only)
- Masking tape
- Measuring cups
- 2 packages unflavored gelatin
- Red, yellow, and blue food coloring
- 3 small bowls
- Small saucepan
- Wooden spoon
- Prepare the rainbow gel. Stir ½ cups (360 mL) water and 2 packages of gelatin in a small saucepan, and wait 5 minutes for the gelatin to soften. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat, and pour into three small bowls. Add 5 drops of food coloring to each bowl, and chill in refrigerator for about 10 minutes until partially set and thickened. Stir a few times while it chills.
- Spoon two or more colors into a heavy plastic zipper-closure baggie. The baggie does not need to be very full. (Children like to help with the spooning step.)
- Zip the bag closed. To help prevent leaks, tape the opening of the baggie with masking tape.
- Hand the baggie to the child.
- Squeeze and knead this cool bag of colors. Discover how the colors mix together. Work at a table, on the floor, or on a lap. (This is fun for car rides or waiting times.)
- Empty the bag, and try mixing different colors together.