Fun Fourth of July Activities for Your Toddler

Toddler-with-American-flagFourth of July is more than just fireworks and barbecues –it’s a chance to spend time together as a family. Toddlers may be too young to understand the significance of the holiday but that doesn’t mean they can’t take part.

Why not plan some special Fourth of July activities just for them? It’s an opportunity to spend time with mom and dad, explore something new and see what the Fourth of July is all about. Need some ideas for keeping little ones happy this Fourth? Here are some Fourth of July activities for kids – and for mom and dad, too!

Dress up for the occasion

Jewelry-making-beadsGet the kids in a festive mood by playing “dress up.” Deck them out in red, white and blue from head to toe. Let them choose the combination of red, white and blue they want to wear.

For accessories, make red-white-and-blue necklaces using inexpensive beads and jewelry cord. Look for beads shaped like stars. Let each child string their own beads and wear their new creation on the Fourth. Bead stringing has other benefits, too. It helps to develop hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. It’s also a good opportunity for older toddlers to practice counting and learn their colors.

Sing patriotic songs

Toy-drumFoster a love of music with your kids by singing patriotic songs with them. Get their feet moving by dancing along to the beat. What child wouldn’t enjoy marching around the room singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy?” Other favorites toddlers will enjoy singing are “This Land is Your Land” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Bring out tambourines and tiny drums to add to the spirit of your Fourth of July celebration. Get the whole family involved – the louder the better. Anyone play the piano? Encourage them to join in, too.

Bake patriotic Fourth of July cupcakes

Use a basic cupcake recipe to whip up a batch of cupcakes the kids can decorate with red, white and blue frosting you can make using food coloring. If you don’t want to make colored frosting, use white frosting and buy red and blue jelly beans or other sugar or candy toppings the kids can use to decorate the tops. As a healthy alternative, go all natural and give them colored berries – blueberries and raspberries work nicely – to decorate their patriotic cupcakes. It’s a chance for them to get some antioxidants too.

Have a Fourth of July bike parade

Uncle-Sam-hatBuy red-white-and-blue party favors, stars and flags. Let your child decorate their tricycle, wagon or Power Wheels car with patriotic stars and flags for the big day. Walk along beside them as they parade up and down the street showing off their new “wheels.” Buy an Uncle Sam hat they can wear as they pedal their patriotic vehicle. Walk along beside them waving a flag.

Face painting

Buy face paint and show off your artistic skills by painting your kids’ faces with red stars, red-white-and-blue stripes and other patriotic motifs. Have a patriotic face painting party for the neighborhood kids. Serve red-white-and-blue cookies and cupcakes and play songs that celebrate the Fourth of July. Once the kids have had their faces painted, give them each a flag and an Uncle Sam’s hat to wear. And don’ forget to take lots of pictures on your camera.

 

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