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Fourth of July Fun!

One week until Independence Day! We're looking forward to the fireworks, food, and family time that the holiday brings, but we also love the significance of the holiday: the day that our first Congress approved the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and we established ourselves as a new nation. The first recorded use of the phrase "Independence Day" was in 1791, fifteen years following the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Many celebrations involve barbecues and picnics, and nearly all celebrations include fireworks! Here's a fun activity from Cooking Art by MaryAnn Kohl and Jean Potter to include your children in on the fun while you prepare snacks for the day!

Firecracker Sandwiches


  • 1 13-ounce can chunk light tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 medium-size carrot, peeled and grated
  • 8 slices firm white bread with crusts removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins
  • lemonade, optional


  • mixing bowl and spoon
  • colored plastic wrap
  • rolling pin
  • twist-ties or colorful ribbons

What to Do

  1. Place the tuna, mayonnaise, and salt in the bowl and mix well with a spoon.
  2. Add the grated carrot to the tuna mixture and mix in.
  3. Stir the raisins into the tuna mixture and mix again. Set aside.
  4. Place one slice of bread on a work surface and flatten it with a rolling pin into a thin, flat piece.
  5. Spread 1/4 cup or less tuna mixture evenly on the flattened slice of bread.
  6. Roll up the bread with the tuna mixture, jelly-roll fashion. Set aside on the work surface.
  7. Continue flattening and filling more bread with the tuna mixture and rolling into jelly rolls.
  8. Wrap each rolled sandwich in colored plastic wrap, twisting ends with twist-ties or colorful ribbons to resemble firecrackers.
  9. Put the firecracker sandwiches on a plate, or stack them in a basket to serve for a 4th of July party appetizer or lunch. Serve with ice-cold lemonade in a tall glass along with red, white, and blue paper napkins to brighten a happy day.

For more edible activities for parents and children (like the one shown above), purchase your own copy of Cooking Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter.

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