Fourth of July Snacks and Crafts
What does it take to make sure your patriotic party will be the talk of the town this Fourth of July?
That’s easy! A quick call to DelmarvaLife’s Lauren Hitch will do the trick. We’ve enlisted her help this holiday. She’s showing us how to make patriotic windsocks, kid-friendly sparklers, sparkle bottles and a couple red, white and blue snacks.
Kid-Friendly Sparklers (https://blog.honest.com/kid-friendly-sparklers-all-fun-no-fire/)
- Construction Paper (Red, White, and Blue)
- Tin Foil
- Pipe Cleaners
- Wood Dowel (Alternatives: 3 Chopsticks or Wood Skewers taped together)
Optional Decorative Items:
- Colorful Pipe Cleaners
- Electrical Tape (Red, White, or Blue)
Step 1. The Fringe
Creating the fringe is easy. Fold the construction paper in half. Using your scissors, cut into the paper along the open edge — about every ½ inch. Do not cut all the way to the fold; leave approximately 1 inch uncut. Repeat this step with the tin foil, being especially careful not to tear the foil.
Step 2. The Foil Sandwich
Stack your fringed paper so that the tin foil fringe is sandwiched between the construction paper fringe in the colors of your choice. This will help protect the delicate foil from tearing. Make sure your folded edges are lined up straight then dab a little glue between the foil and construction paper along the folded edge only. Let dry.
Step 3. The Roll
Add a line of glue along the uncut edge of the fringe. Place your wooden dowel at one edge of the paper and start rolling and wrapping the paper around the dowel. Keep the paper tight so that it adheres to the dowel. Optional: If you want to add a pipe cleaner to the mix, this is the time! Fold a pipe cleaner in half, place it on top of the glue, and roll it up with the fringe.
Step 4. Patriotic “Flare” & Fluff
Add a little “flare” with some festive ribbons or glitter. Using red, white, and blue electrical tape, wrap your wooden dowel for a more finished look.
Voila! You have kid-friendly sparklers (no worries about burns, but still just as much festive fun). Or you can put them in a mason jar like a fireworks bouquet and use as it as a centerpiece at your Fourth of July party!
Patriotic Cup Windsock
What you will need:
- One-inch Red and White Ribbon
- 18 oz. Blue Plastic Cups
- Silver Star Stickers
1. Poke a small hole in the top of the cup. Cut a piece of string about two feet long and poke both ends of the string through the hole towards the inside of the cup. Place your hand inside the cup and pull the string ends almost all the way through. Tie the two ends together to make a big knot. Pull the string back out of the cup. The knot should keep the string from coming all the way through.
2. Stick star sticker all over the outside of the cup.
3. To finish cut red and white ribbon into three feet pieces and tape them alternately to the inside of the cup.
Sparkle Bottles (https://www.thingstoshareandremember.com/4th-of-july-sparkle-bottles/)
- bottles with caps, labels removed & cleaned
- fuzzy sticks (pipecleaners) from CraftProjectIdeas.com
- holographic glitter from CraftProjectIdeas.com
- craft foam star shapes
- metallic star garland
- curling ribbon
- mesh tube ribbon
- Cut all the supplies in pieces. Arranging all the materials in a divided tray makes them easily accessible by multiple children at one time and it makes for an appealing invitation to explore.
- Each child chose the materials for their bottles. I said they should start with one or two of each and then they could take more once everyone had some. Usually each child sits and we work with individual supplies at each place, on a tray to keep everything together.
- Sometimes it’s good to have them work with all the same supplies and try to have them consider one another and work on a little self control. Is it okay for one child to take all the buttons? How does everyone else feel about that? What about the straws, should he take all the red? How will your bottle look with a lot of items or just a few? Do you think you will like it if it’s full of only pipecleaners? Things for them to consider when working in a group.
- Filling sparkle bottles also incorporates using fine motor skills. Most of the items supplies were easy to pick up and drop in the bottles, but the foam shapes needed to be folded and the curling ribbon was challenging. I wasn’t sure if the buttons would fit in all the bottles (they did) but I figured they could do some trial and error.
After they were done putting in as many pieces as they wanted, I assisted with filling the bottles with water and adding the glitter. This time we tried the holographic glitter from CraftProjectIdeas. Wonderful! The sparkle is amazing.
- After filling the bottles, I tightened the caps as tight as I could and taped them with colored Duck Tape. You may also want to hot glue them shut. Before I wrapped the tape around the caps, I put on the glittered star decorations around the neck of the bottle. Just adds something a little extra! When I gave the 2 year old his bottle back after filling it, he looked at it and whispered “fish!” So cute!
Red, White and Blue Strawberries
- White melting chocolate
- Blue sprinkles
- Wash the strawberries and gently pat them dry with paper towel. Make sure they’re completely dry. Place the blue sprinkles in a small bowl.
- Melt the white chocolate or candy coating in a small microwave-safe bowl. White chocolate scorches easily, so stir it after every 30 seconds to keep it from overheating. Stir until it’s melted and smooth.
- Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip it about two-thirds into the white chocolate. Since these are red, white, and blue strawberries, make sure you leave a visible red portion at the top of the berry. Place the strawberry on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper, and repeat until all of the berries are dipped. Refrigerate the tray briefly to set the chocolate, for about 5 minutes.
- Dip the bottom third of a berry in the white chocolate, then immediately roll it in the blue sprinkles until the bottom third is covered in blue. You can skip the double-dipping and just roll it in sprinkles the first time you dip the berries in chocolate, but it’s messier and more difficult to control. Repeat until all of the berries have a bottom layer of blue sprinkles.
- Refrigerate the tray until the white chocolate is completely set, and store the strawberries in the refrigerator until ready to serve. These candies are best enjoyed the same day they are made.
July 4th Layered Drink
- Red Gatorade
- White Gatorade
- Blue Gatorade
- Fill your glass 1/3 of the way full with red Gatorade
- Fill to the top with ice.
- Slowly pour the remaining drinks directly on top of a piece of ice.