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Fourth of July Crafts


Paper roll American Flag windsock
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Children will use fine motor skills to make a fun craft.


  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Blue paint
  • Paintbrush
  • White star stickers
  • Red and white streamers, or ribbon
  • Yarn or string
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Paper Roll Windsocks

What you do:

Provide each child with an empty toilet paper roll. Let children paint the roll with blue paint. Let dry. Have children add white star stickers to their roll. Cut white and red streamers into strips and attach to one end of the paper roll with glue and a stapler. On the other end, punch two holes opposite each other and thread a long piece of yarn. Tie off to create a handle from which to hang the windsock. Hang the windsocks outside and let children enjoy watching their American flag windsock blow in the wind.

More 4th of July crafts:


Paper Plate Watermelons

Watermelon is a Fourth of July favorite. Let children make this tasty-looking version. Paint the inside of a lightweight paper plate red. Paint the rim of the paper plate green. Glue watermelon seeds to the red section. When paint is dry, fold the plate in half and staple or glue together.

Variation: Use fancy scissors to cut out a half circle on fold at top of plate to represent a bite out of the watermelon. Now you have a watermelon slice.

Paper Plate with Streamers

Provide each child will red and blue crayons or markers, two lightweight paper plates, red, white, and blue streamers, and tape. Cut out the center of both paper plates. Have children decorate the top of one paper plate and the bottom of the other with crayons or markers. Then, on the backside of one of the plates, have children tape on some streamers. Place the other plate on top of the first so that the two decorated sides are on the outside and the streamers are on the inside. Tape or staple closed. Have the children dance or march in a parade with their streamer plates.


4th of July Artworks

Fireworks Artwork

Place various colors of diluted paint into small bowls. Give each child a straw and white piece of paper. Have children dip their straw into the diluted paint and blow the paint onto their paper. This makes a great fireworks effect!

Star Rubbings

Cut star shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape stars to table. Have children place a piece of thin white paper over stars and rub a crayon over the star.


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Summer Activities

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Water Balloon Toss

Fill red, white, and blue balloons with water. Have children form teams of two and give each pair a balloon. Have each pair face each other and gently toss the balloons back and forth. Have children take a step back after each toss. The team that tosses the its balloon the furthest without it breaking is the winner.

Variation: Give each pair two balloons, one to each player, and have them toss their balloons at the same time.