4th of July Ideas for Preschoolers

Looking for some fun, simple projects for the kids this week? We’re sharing with you some of our 4th of July ideas for preschoolers. These patriotic projects are easy to pull together and simple enough for preschoolers to do most of the steps themselves. Happy 4th of July!

Paper Windsock

This simple craft is fun for all ages of preschoolers!  We started with a large piece of construction paper and cut it in half lengthwise (“hot dog” style).  Crayons, makers, paint, glitter glue, stickers and many other items can be used to decorate the top of the windsock.  We chose to use patriotic stickers to decorate the top of these windsocks.  After the children finished with the stickers, we flipped the paper over and used glue sticks to attach lengths of crepe paper in patriotic colors to the bottom of the construction paper.  To finish, adults can staple the short ends together forming the windsock shape and add some yarn on top for hanging purposes.  What an easy way for preschoolers to help decorate for the 4th of July!

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Paper Windsock

Firework T-Shirts

All you need for this project is a white t-shirt, fabric paint, masking tape and a (clean!) sponge.  We used masking tape to make “firework” shapes on our t-shirts.  Then the children used fabric paint and a sponge to paint their entire t-shirt.  To really make sure the effect worked, we encouraged the children to use the paint to “cover up the tape”.  After the shirts dry, remove the masking tape to reveal the beautiful firework design.  With this project you’ll want to make sure you read the instructions on the fabric paint for notes on washing the fabric (before and after painting).  It is also a good idea to put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so the paint doesn’t leak through to the back of the shirt.

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Patriotic Candle Holders

There is a lot of flexibility in this easy craft.  Children were given Modge-Podge (diluted glue would work too!) a foam brush, and star cutouts to create this pretty votive holder.  We made our cutouts with tissue paper and a star shaped paper punch.  We found our votive holders at the craft store for less than a dollar each.  Star shaped sequins or other similar items could be used in place, or in addition to the tissue paper cutouts.  You could also use a real candle, but we opted to use the battery operated tea lights from the dollar store.

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What will your family do to celebrate the 4th of July this year?  Let us know in the comments section!  If you enjoyed these ideas, like, share and pin this post!