Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fourth of July Favorites

(Image courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts)

I'm excited because we'll be home for the 4th this year!
I hope to do at least a couple of fun things from the links below.

Celebrate with Learning

•No Time for Flashcards has a nice list of patriotic books. I've not read any of them, but they sound like they're worth checking out.

•Both of these lapbooks are chock full of some great mini-booklets and other lapbook components. They're free too! One is geared toward older children, and the other is geared toward younger children.

Celebrate with Arts and Crafts

•This Flag Monoprint is not only pretty, but fairly simple and a great study in the art of printmaking.

•No Time for Flashcards is one of my favorite go-to sites for easy but meaningful crafts, and she has several great ideas and directions for patriotic crafts in this post.

•I think this cute little craft has been around forever. My girls especially enjoy working with beads, so I think we'll make a few of these American Flag Pins for our guests. What a great fine motor activity too!

•These printables will make it easy to craft some patriotic pinwheels. (My kids enjoy sticking pinwheels in our flower beds. They look really neat on a breezy day.)

•This Felt American Flag will add some patriotic flair to your home this weekend. Scroll down that same page for a really cool patriotic windsock.

•Wouldn't these Fabulous Doilie Fireworks look pretty in a frame?

Celebrate with Food

•How Does She? has a yummy recipe for red, white, and blue cupcakes. The best part? These cupcakes do not contain articial coloring, as long as you use natural jello. Yay!

•Dessert pizzas are so fun to make and eat! I made a Flag Cookie Pizza one year for a cookout, and it disappeared quickly.

•This recipe for Star-Shaped Fruit Salad looks easy and fun to make with your kids. My kids are huge watermelon fans, so we'll definitely try this together.

Celebrate with Games

•The sisters over at Roots and Wings Co. put on a July 4th family carnival last year. You can read about all of their fabulous games and activities here and here.

•My favorites are their 4th of July Bowling and their Bean Bag Toss.

Enjoy browsing these ideas, and enjoy celebrating our nation's birthday with your kids!


  1. Wow! This is a great round-up of fun 4th ideas-thanks :)

  2. Thanks so much for posting a link to my Vintage Holiday Crafts site. This is a great collection of resources, so I'm honored to have VHC be part of it.

    FYI, I've submitted this post to a number of social bookmarking sites. :-)

    Have a wonderful holiday!


  3. We are definitely doing the star fruit salad with our watermelon! Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. wow. Thanks for sharing all of those links! Can't wait to check them all out! :)

  5. Wow thanks for ALL the great ideas! I've got two little ones of my own. Thanks for all the recommended unit studies on your sidebar too, I love unit studies-

    Visiting from MM-

  6. I enjoy your sweet blog, so I gave you an award: Blog with Substance. :)


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