School is out, summer vacation is on big time, and you need to find crafts and activities to keep the kids busy around the 4th of July celebration. This is a great opportunity for you to bring out your child's creative side while teaching him or her about our country's independence.
Your children will have great fun making a patriotic robot centerpiece. Kids love robots and now they can have one of their own that is both fun and functional. Use a recycled can to make its head and it can hold all the plastic knives, forks, and spoons for your party. Just wrap two cardboard toilet paper tubes with red, white and blue duct tape for the arms and use a loop of tape to affix them to a clear pail which will be the body. Use two tin cans for the legs, also wrapped in the duct tape. Wrap the empty tin can for the head in blue duct tape and they cut out eyes with white duct tape and a nose and mouth in red tape and affix them to the can to make the head. You can fill the clear pail with cookies or candies and attach the head to the top of the pail.
You can make red white and blue crepe paper cones and attach them to a cardboard backing to make a patriotic wreath to place over your front door. Work with your kids to make patriotic spinners for their bicycles. You can also work with apparel coloring to make red, white, and blue designs on a tee shirt. Work with black tees so that all the colors stand out. Give your children some latitude in creating the designs but work with them in the application of the color. You can also create hats, stilts, and even a confetti launcher to make this a fun and exciting Independence Day for the youngsters in your home.