Thursday, July 3, 2014

Simple 4th of July Activities for Little Ones

Want to know one thing I often wonder how I am going to pull off with homeschooling? How to keep two kids entertained doing a similar project. I know I can't always have them doing things on the same level, so when I find something that works for 2 different age groups with minimal to no clean up afterwards, I suppose I feel inclined to share it. 

Here are some SIMPLE ideas (from Pinterest) with supplies you already have on hand to do with kids for the 4th of July:

Cupcake Liner Fireworks

Left and center are my 3 year old's

The 5 year old did all of this by herself (with supervision!)

Step 1: Have kids scribble all over cupcake liners with red and blue markers (add silver glitter glue if you're daring!).

Step 2: When they dry, fold them into wedges and cut as close to the center as you want without cutting all the way through (otherwise you'll have shreds).

Step 3: Have the kids glue the centers onto a piece of construction paper or a long banner if you really want to keep them occupied. My 3 and 5 year olds enjoyed this a lot!

Q-Tip Firework Paintings

My daughter's birthday is close to the 4th, so I made her a little artwork.  
This outcome might be better with older kids, but again, my 3 and 5 year old did this activity and had fun with it even if it didn't exactly resemble fireworks. You could get your kids to make rockets or George Washington if you did a simple outline and they filled it in with dots. The possibilities are endless on this one and the technique can be repurposed for whatever holiday is coming up next. All you need is Q-tips, paint, a paper plate, and paper (and, again, if you're daring -- glitter glue when it dries).  

Happy 4th everyone!