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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