Miffy loves festive celebrations with her friends. Celebrate American Independence Day with these fun crafts and healthy snacks, and a few songs for your July 4th playlist. Don’t forget to send us your celebrations by tagging us on Instagram or Facebook.
Be the best dressed at your picnic, parade or party with this festive party hat activity.
What you need:
Red, white and blue construction paper
How to make a patriotic hat:
- To make the headband, choose a color construction paper and cut 2 strips lengthwise, each 2 inches wide.
- Staple the headband strips together to make one long strip and measure it to fit the child’s head – Cut to the correct size. Set aside.
- Using all three colors, cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper – approx. 6 strips of each color.
- Lay the headband strip down flat, and along the top edge, place the 1-inch wide-strips vertically in any pattern of your choice. Leave a little space between each strip and fill the entire length of the headband.
- Using the glue stick, secure each of the 1-inch-wide strips to the headband. Let dry.
- Turn the headband over – this side will face out. Decorate the outside of the headband with star-shaped stickers.
- Connect the two ends of the headband and staple them together.
- Using scissors, loosely curl the end of the strips, like curling ribbon.
*Safety disclosure: Adult assistance required for using scissors, glue, and stapler. *
Make indoor fireworks with these kid-safe and quiet bottle sparklers.
What you need:
Empty plastic water bottle
Red, silver and blue shiny confetti or sequins
Red, white/silver and blue pipe cleaners
How to make Bottle Sparklers:
- Twist pipe cleaners into loose spirals, and insert into an empty water bottle.
- Add sparkly confetti into the bottle.
- Fill it with water and screw the cap on tightly.
- Shake and tilt the bottle make your own “fireworks” show of red, white and blue sparkle.
Snack-tivity: Fruit Wands
You can watch fireworks, and you can eat them, too! These healthy fruit wands are the perfect snack for any July 4 celebration.
Star-shaped cookie cutter
- Cut a watermelon into disk-shaped slices about 1 inch thick.
- Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, punch out watermelon stars.
- Slice banana into approximately 1-inch slices.
- Alternate adding blueberries and round banana slices onto a wooden skewer, leaving some room at the top.
- Put the watermelon star at the very top, skewered through the bottom.
- Serve and enjoy!
*Safety disclosure: Wooden skewers can be sharp and dangerous for small children. The fruit can alternately be arranged flat on a plate, forgoing the skewer.*
Songs for the Fourth of July:
Although Miffy loves the National Anthem, there are many songs to celebrate the holiday. Here are some other fun musical selections.
Classic: Grand Old Flag
For the Parents: Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
For the Kids: Firework – Katy Perry