15 Day Patriotic Challenge for the 4th of July for Kids!

It’s time to start thinking about the 4th of July for kids!  It’s just about a month away!  And it’s definitely one of the most important investments in our lives to try to make each upcoming holiday fun for our children.  It’s one way to keep your kids excited about upcoming events in their lives. 

It’s time to start thinking about the 4th of July for kids!  It’s just about a month away!  And it’s definitely one of the most important investments in our lives to try to make each upcoming holiday fun for our children.  It’s one way to keep your kids excited about upcoming events in their lives. 

Plus, with the fact that it’s the summertime and kids are home from school, they all have a boat load of time on their hands so it’s a good idea to have a bunch of different ideas for what to do with them. 

So, I’ve created a challenge for the 4th of July for kids.  This is just a simple way to do something fun with your kids each day for a total of 15 days.

When does this challenge start?  Well, you can start it now, you can wait and start it exactly 15 days before the 4th of July or you can start it before one of the other patriotic holidays (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Inauguration Day, Labor Day… and so on).  And maybe your 4th of July for kids is already packed to the brim with activities and you want to start this challenge after it passes by….  Pretty much start this challenge whenever you want and do it for 15 consecutive days. 

Benefits of  This Challenge

1.       Educational – your children are actually going to learn something! 

2.       Fun – the children will be crafting, baking and decorating and you can all do this together.  

3.       The Activities are Short in Duration – nothing is going to require too much time out of your day.  Once an activity is done or once you have shown your children how to put together a certain craft, you can probably steal some time for yourself and let your kids be on their own and if they have any questions they can of course go to you for advice or directions. 

4.       Creates a Family Bond or Close Friendships – getting your kids all together to work on a project, read a book, or cook in the kitchen makes for fun memories.  Or, you can invite some of your children’s friends to occasionally join in some of the challenge activities and strengthen friendship bonds through the activities. 

5.       A Challenge Teaches Children how to Persevere and Finish a Project – it is so important for children to learn perseverance and this 4th of July for kids challenge is actually a fun way to learn this quality!

So, Let's Take this 4th of July for Kids Challenge!  

Here are the 15 activities for this 4th of July Challenge!  You don’t have to do them in the order that I have them listed.  Just pick and choose as you go along.  I’ve divided each of the activities into 3 different categories: crafting, baking and reading.  And to make it more appealing to everyone there’s a FREE Paper Chain for you to download and put together that will give your kids some interesting trivia! 

Crafting

1.       Draw an American Flag – you can use a white, red and blue construction paper.  Cut the red paper into 7 strips glue them appropriately on the white construction paper.  Then cut a blue rectangle out and fill in the field with white stars.

2.       Make a Red, White and Blue Necklace or bracelet

3.       Paint Fireworks using Red, White and Blue Paint, a toilet roll canister that has the ends cut into small slits.  Or you can use pompoms or a plastic fork.  Dip your appropriate tool into the paint and splash it across a piece of cardstock or construction paper. 

4.       Make a red, white and blue paper chain to count down the days to the 4th of July

5.       Make a patriotic streamer – use a food can (spray painted) + Red, White and Blue Streamer Ribbon.  Spray paint the can whichever patriotic color you want, glue the streamer ribbon around the can opening.  Hot Glue some string to the sides of the can so that you can hang it wherever you want. 

6.       Hang a flag in your front yard or decorate your front yard with small flags on sticks.

Baking

7.       Make some White Cupcakes with Red/Blue Dyed Frosting and Patriotic Sprinkles

8.       Make Fruit Kabobs – Marshmallows, Strawberries, Blueberries

9.       Make Red and Blue Popsicles – use cherry jello mix, let freeze halfway in popsicle.  Then add Blueberry Jello Mix, let it freeze completely. 

Recreational

10.   Go to the Library and check out a kid’s book on the history of the 4th of July

11.   Sing Patriotic Songs – from the Halls of Montezuma… God Bless America, Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful

12.   Do a 4th of July Word Search

13.   Dress Up in Red, White and Blue

14.   Check out an Eye Witness Book or Trivia Book about the Presidents

15.   Decorate a room by drawing stars out on patriotic cardstock paper and punching a hole in the top and stringing them by thread around the room.


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