Marshmallow Pops

Marshmallow Pops

What’s red, white, blue, and yummy? 4th of July marshmallow pops, of course! Whip up a tasty Independence Day treat with your preschooler to share with the family as you enjoy the fireworks. It’s a fun way to get him involved in the kitchen and sneak in some counting practice too.

What You Need:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • 6-8 large marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles in red, white, and blue
  • Custard cup or other small microwave safe bowl
  • Small plate
  • Juice glass

What You Do:

  1. Help your preschooler insert a lollipop stick into each marshmallow.
  2. Have your preschooler count the marshmallow pops, then help you measure the chocolate chips and pour them into the microwave safe custard cup or bowl.
  3. Microwave the chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir. If they haven’t melted yet, continue to heat for 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each round. Keep an eye on the chocolate at all times; once the chocolate starts to melt, it will be ready very quickly. Don’t microwave the chocolate for more than 15 seconds at a time or the chocolate could burn.
  4. Decorating time! Help your preschooler dip a marshmallow pop into the melted chocolate, then hold it over the plate and sprinkle red, white, or blue sprinkles over it.
  5. Place the finished marshmallow pop into the juice glass for the beginnings of a marshmallow pop display.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with each marshmallow, varying the color of the sprinkles each time.

Share this sweet treat with the family before the fireworks begin!

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Yankee Doodle Three Cornered Hat

Yankee Doodle Three Cornered Hat

Are you looking for a fun craft for this 4th of July? Make this hat with your child and let him march around the room like a Revolutionary soldier! This project will help teach your youngster about patriotic colors, and boost those fine motor skills while he’s at it. Why not add a feather and sing Yankee Doodle together?

What You Need:

  • Poster board in red, white and blue
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Safety scissors
  • Stapler
  • Feather

What You Do:

  1. Cut 9″ x 4″ strips from red, white and blue poster board. This size hat will fit a preschool-age child. Adjust the length of the strips for a larger child.
  2. Have your child trace around a star template and cut out yellow construction paper stars to glue on the blue strip.
  3. Cut out stripes from white construction paper to glue on the red poster board strip.
  4. Why do we use stars and stripes on patriotic pictures? Where else do you see these symbols?
  5. The white strip is great for an original drawing by the child or stickers that represent Independence Day.
  6. Staple the short ends of the strips together to complete a three-cornered hat.
  7. Glue or tape a feather in one of the corners.

Invite your child to wear this patriotic hat while celebrating the birthday of the United States on July 4th.

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4th of July Bingo

4th of July Bingo

Who says summer break can’t be educational? Pump up the learning level of your child’s 4th of July with this game of patriotic bingo! Before the fun begins, he’ll have a chance to exercise his fine motor skills with a round of cutting and gluing. Use the enclosed template to help your preschooler construct his own game. As a bonus, game play will boost his ability to follow directions and strategize!

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Bowl
  • Pennies for markers

What You Do:

  1. Print out one copy of the enclosed template. Have your child cut along the lines and put the pieces in a bowl so that you can use them to call the game.
  2. Now print out three more copies of the template. Again, have him cut out the pieces along the lines. These are the pieces that you will glue onto the bingo cards. Once they are cut out, mix them up really well! The goal is for each card you make to be different.
  3. Lay out four blank sheets of paper for your bingo cards. On each card, lay out four rows of four cut-outs each. This will give you a bingo card of four images by four images, or 16 in all.
  4. Make sure that you don’t have duplicate images, such as two red stars, on one card. There will be images left over. As you work, discuss the 4th of July with your child. What are these images? Why are they a part of the holiday?
  5. Once the four cards are laid out, help him glue everything down. Set them out to dry.
  6. Once the glue has dried, get the family together and let the 4th of July fun begin! The winner is the first player to get four in a row or column.

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Paper Fireworks

Paper Fireworks

Who says paper art has to be 2-dimensional, flat, and blah? Help your child turn strips of paper into a quilling-style firework. If you cut the strips, they’ll be bigger than quilling paper and easier for small hands to manipulate.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Pencil
  • Clothes pins or binder clips
  • Black construction paper
  • White glue
  • Aluminum foil

What You Do:

  1. Using construction paper of various colors other than black, cut the paper into 1-inch wide strips.
  2. Help your child roll 8 or more of the strips into tight coils around a pencil. When the strip has been rolled, add a dot of white glue to the end and hold it in place with a clothes pin or binder clip.
  3. When the glue dries, slip the finished coils off the pencil.
  4. Glue these coils together, on end, near the top of a black sheet of construction paper. This will be the center of the firework.
  5. Begin rolling a coil but leave a long tail. Make at least 8 of these streamers. You will use them to form the star burst shape for your firework.
  6. Glue the streamers onto the paper one at a time. The easiest way to apply glue to the entire streamer is to put some glue on a piece of aluminum foil and dab the paper into the glue. Position these streamers around the center of the firework.
  7. Let the glue dry and then the firework is read to display.

Help your child make several pieces of firework art to set up a special art show for the 4th of July.

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4th of July Shirt

4th of July Shirt

Help your child develop his own sense of style. Small hands can easily grip the cookie cutter that you use as a stamp, developing fine motor skills while creating a fun shirt they can be proud to wear to the annual 4th of July picnic.

We did this using pipe cleaners stamps instead of cookie cutters. You can bend pipe cleaners into any shape you want. I like it because I think it makes a bolder image. This activity was a hit with the kids because they love designing their own shirts. We even used glow in the dark fabric paint, so we can’t to see how they’ll look on the Fourth of July while we’re shooting off fireworks.

 

What You Need:

  • Clean, ironed T-shirt
  • Cardboard to slip into T-shirt
  • Red and/or blue fabric paint
  • Paper plate
  • Scrap paper

What You Do:

  1. Help your kid slip the piece of cardboard into the shirt through the bottom. Explain that with the cardboard in place, whatever he prints on the front of the shirt will not bleed through onto the back.
  2. Pour a small amount of paint onto the paper plate.
  3. Have your child dip the cookie cutter into the paint and then use it to stamp star designs on the scrap paper. It may take some practice to avoid leaving dribbles or smearing the stamp when lifting up the cookie cutter.
  4. Once your child has the technique down, it’s time to stamp stars onto the shirt. Your child can add as many or as few as he likes to create his very own design.
  5. Leave the shirt in a safe place for the paint to dry.

Options: Your child can also use glow in the dark or glitter paint on a dark-colored shirt. In addition to stars, you can also use heart shaped cookie cutters, snowflakes, ghosts and more. Make shirts for the whole family and have a special family “uniform” to wear to any upcoming event.

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