While fireworks are usually the main draw at any Fourth of July celebration, why not consider adding additional activities to make the Fourth of July exceptionally fun for kids? Whether you decide to play games, make crafts or simply spend time with your kids, there's plenty of ways you can have fun with your kids on the Fourth of July. To begin, why not brainstorm some Fourth of July costumes or outfits with your kids? Dressing up on this special day can be a fun activity for your kids and also allow them to be creative and independent as well. Around the holiday season, you can find different clothing items in red, white and blue at just about any clothing retail store. You could also add patriotic top hats and flag ribbons as well.
For Independence Day activities, consider hosting a small Fourth of July parade with your kids. Feel free to invite other parents and their children to the event as well. Visit your local craft store to pick up balloons, streamers and any other patriotic decorations you may wish to include in the parade. If your child plays a musical instrument, encourage him or her to do so during the parade. You can also pick up a bag of noisemakers to hand out to the children during the parade. To complete the theme, you could teach the children a patriotic song like the “Star-Spangled Banner” or “America the Beautiful.”
The Fourth of July is also the perfect time to get out in the backyard and play sports or other activities. Potato sack races or three-legged races can also be a source of great fun for children on this special day. If you plan on making cupcakes or other special treats this Fourth of July, why not encourage your kids to help out in the kitchen and make their own special recipes. You can also browse the Web or scan your local newspaper for any Fourth of July events that may be interesting for your children. Many of these events are able to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for kids while also teaching them the importance of Independence Day as well.
If your children are younger, consider purchasing them some Fourth of July coloring books and then giving the children red and blue crayons to fill the pictures in. At nighttime, encourage the children to help set and decorate the dining table with their own Fourth of July related decorations. These can include paper stars, glitter, construction paper American flags and confetti. Finally, to top things off, consider purchasing a few packs of sparklers for your children. With adult supervision and care, the kids will be able to hold their own sparklers and feel like they are hosting their very own firework show. If you decide to use any other fireworks, be certain that you follow the manufacturer's directions and use proper safety precautions around children.