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Fourth of July Coloring Pages and Crafts and Independence Day Games and Activities
Fourth of July Fun
Fourth of July crafts, coloring pages, activities, puzzles, games and more for kids to celebrate Independence Day. Listen to music while you're here and vote for your favorite fireworks picture.
Want to make an Uncle Sam hat? How about a Fourth of July bookmark? There are lots of activities to keep children entertained.
I have clipart images as well as book and movie recommendations. How do you celebrate this holiday? Let me know at the end of the page.
You are welcome to print out any of the clipart here free of charge, courtesy of WPClipart.
Image by bayasaa at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fourth of July Coloring Page
Ever wonder why fireworks celebrations take place on the Fourth of July? It all dates back to John Adams and the signing of the Declaration of Independence when the colonies declared it's independence from Great Britain.
Today, fireworks shows are a popular tradition and many larger cities host spectacular displays at night. My family has always enjoyed them.
Image courtesy of WPClipart.
Uncle Sam Hat
Uncle Sam is a popular image when it comes to Independence Day. Do you remember the military posters of a stern looking Uncle Sam pointing his finger and stating "I want you?"
Kids can make their own Uncle Sam hat. Click on the link below to go to a free, printable hat. Print one of the first picture, which is the brim of the hat, and two of the second picture, which is the body of the hat. Complete directions for putting together are there as well.
Fourth of July Hat Craft
- Fourth of July Hat
Instructions for making a 4th of July hat.
Fourth of July Games
Balloons can make for fun games. If it's a hot day out, water balloons can bring lots of giggles, not to mention they're a fun way to cool down.
Kids can just play with them as they are or play some organized games. One could be tag. The person who is "It" has a water balloon and chases the other kids and throws the water balloons until he or she hits another kid with one. Then that child becomes "It."
There could also be water balloon races or if the participants are a little older, play a game of dodgeball using the balloons.
Prefer something drier? Pick up a few inexpensive prizes. I always go to dollar type stores for these. If you're going to be outside at night, one suggestion is glow sticks.
Blow up a bunch of balloons and in certain ones, add a tiny slip of paper indicating the child has won a prize. Release the balloons and let kids pop them until all are popped and the pieces of paper have been found. Now, kids can trade the papers in for a prize.
Water balloons image by eflon at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fourth of July Balloons
I enjoy sticking with themes. If you're the same way, here are some cute red, white and blue balloons that can be used with the games mentioned above.
Fourth of July Bookmark
Here's a quick and easy craft. Print out the patriotic clipart below. Cut out the image and glue it to a rectangular piece of blue construction paper.
To make it a little more festive, I dotted the bottom with a glue stick and added some white and red glitter. If your kids like reading, this would be a perfect craft for them.
Image by WriterJanis.
Here's the image to download.
You're a Grand Old Flag Video
Here's a great patriotic song to listen to while you're here.
This is a fun and easy craft for kids to make. Start with a blank piece of paper and crayons. Randomly color it, as I have done here. I suggest lighter colors as they will show up better in end.
In the one I have here, I've even used a white crayon for part of it. The great thing is that kids don't have to worry about going over the lines. Just let them color freely.
The nest step is to color over the entire page with a black crayon.
For the final step, take something to scrape off the black crayon, exposing the other colors below. I used a spoon to do this. When finished, kids have created their own Fourth of July fireworks.
Fourth of July Puzzles
If puzzles are enjoyed, I have some free online ones. Just check out the links below.
You could always make your own as well. If you like this fireworks clipart, you could print it out, cut it up and you've create your own jigsaw puzzle.
- Firecracker Puzzle
Move the pieces around to form the picture. What's fun about this firecracker puzzle is that once you complete it, it explodes.
- Fourth of July Crossword Puzzle
Take a historic look at Independence Day with this crossword puzzle.
- Fourth of July Wordsearch
Find 18 hidden words having to do with the 4th of July.
- Fourth of July Maze
Help Uncle Sam make his way through the maze.
Fourth of July Jigsaw Puzzle
If you prefer to do a puzzle in person, here's a fun one for the family. I love hanging out with my kids and putting puzzles together. It's relaxing and it's a nice way to spend some quality time together.
Fourth of July Ice Cream
Ice cream is a great dessert for the 4th of July. You might consider setting up an ice cream bar. Use vanilla for the white coloring.
For the red, you could have strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries or cherries. For the blue, you could have blueberries or blue sprinkles. Everyone will end up with colorful, patriotic ice cream sundaes.
Ice cream image by Israelavila at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fourth of July Parade
Many cities and towns have 4th of July parades. You might check to see if there are any in your area. We have a neighborhood one each year where I live. People walk, ride bikes, pull wagons and drive cars. Of course, that is with decorating.
If you like this idea, you might try putting one together in your neighborhood. Afterwards everyone can hang out and have a neighborhood picnic.
Image by stevendepolo at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fourth of July Poll
Have you ever been in a 4th of July parade?
Firecracker Coloring Page
4th of July Coloring Pages
Here are some additional coloring pages kids might enjoy to help celebrate this July holiday.
Fourth of July Books
This is an adorable book for fans of Corduroy. Spend the day with him as he celebrates the 4th of July with a picnic, swimming and fireworks.
Kids can learn about the Fourth of July while coloring. Pages are good for crayons, pencils, markers and water colors.
This takes a historical look at the Fourth of July with vintage illustrations.
Join these adorable mice as they spend a busy day celebrating the 4th of July in a variety of ways. Cute illustrations.
How about a good movie for the 4th of July?
Independence Day Movie Trailer
This is a great science fiction movie about am alien invasion. Check out the trailer. It stars Will Smith.
Independence Day Movie
If you liked the trailer, here's the movie. We watch it every Fourth of July.
Fourth of July Movie for Kids
If you're looking for a movie for kids, this takes a historical look at what happened on what leads up to the first Fourth of July.
Vote for your favorite 4th of July fireworks picture!
Image by Merritt Boyd at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Image by SJ photography at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Image by jeff_golden at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Image by rhysvsgodzilla at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Which picture is your favorite?
4th of July Crafts
Get a glass or a clear jar to make a craft like you see pictured here. Alternate layers of red, white and blue beads. For an added touch, stick a small American flag in the middle.
Do you have a terra cotta planter handy? Give kids some red, white and blue paint and let them decorate the planter. When finished, add some dirt and seeds and children can watch their new plant grow.
A simple white paper plate can become an art masterpiece with crayons using patriotic colors. Want more ideas? I have some links to additional crafts projects below.
Image by Sally M at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fourth of July Craft Kit
Picture frames make for a great craft idea. This kit comes with enough to make 12 picture frames. It's great for parties or classroom crafts.