18 Crafts and Activities for the Fourth Of July

Celebrating the stars and stripes.

Independence Day is almost here, and kids often want to get creative with their celebrations. Why not make give them ways to stay busy, while also teaching them about diversity, science, math, or art at the same time? Check out this great roundup of fun and educational Fourth of July activities for kids!

1. Create Fireworks in a Jar

All you need is a jar, water, oil, and food coloring to watch these fireworks take flight.

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2. Read a Book!

The story of America is intertwined with immigration and refugees. Teach your kids about the refugee experience with one of these amazing books.

3. Make Star Spangled Art

Black construction paper and chalk pastels make for bright stars to decorate any wall or window.

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4. Craft a Flag Mosaic

Gather scraps of paper in red, white, and blue and have your kids create this stunning flag mosaic. It’s perfect for getting rid of that scrap bin!

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5. Sign Your Own Declaration

The Fourth of July celebrates the courage and vision of those who signed the Declaration of Independence, including two future presidents (John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson). Do the same with this craft idea! But also make sure to teach about presidents in a socially-conscious way.

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6. Make Twig Stars

Get those fine motor skills working with cutting, painting, gluing, and tying! 

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7. Teach Diversity

Our country is full of diverse individuals. Celebrate the Fourth of July by learning more about other people and cultures. See some of our ideas for teaching Women’s History, Black History , American Indian Heritage, and Hispanic Heritage, to start.

8. Play a Counting Game

Kids won’t even know they are working on their math skills as they count these 4th of July objects!

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9. Craft a Flag

Work on patterns and letter recognition while making an image of the American flag in the shape of an F!

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10. Write a Patriotic Poem

This simple activity gets kids thinking about patriotic adjectives to describe themselves!

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11. Glue Some Fireworks

There are so many ways to make fireworks. This one uses salt paint!

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12. Dye Flowers

One of our favorite Fourth of July activities, this one doubles as a science experiment!

Learn More: The Artful Parent 

13. Create a Firework Stamp

You can truly use anything as a stamp. Even an empty toilet paper roll! 

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14. Put Together a Map Puzzle

This adorable puzzle teaches the U.S. map AND number sequencing! Just download, print, and cut at the link below.

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15. Create a Sensory Bin

We are loving sensory bins and this is one of the Fourth of July activities that will last for hours … days even!

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16. Pour a Sensory Bottle

Not into sensory bins? What about a sensory bottle? This one also teaches the density of various liquids. Plus it’s pretty to look at!

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17. Freeze Patriotic Ice

And then melt it again! These ice melts keep kids cool and occupied for hours.

Learn More: Little Bins for Little Hands

18. Build Patriotic STEM Structures

Who can build the tallest structure with straws, playdough, and tape? 

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What are your favorite Fourth of July activities? Share in the comments below.

Plus, for more summer ideas check out these Bubble Activities!

18 Crafts and Activities for the Fourth Of July

Posted by Nikki Katz

Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor at WeAreTeachers. She is also an author and an ex-rocket scientist. Her two young adult novels 'The Midnight Dance' and 'The King's Questioner' are on sale in stores now!

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