Fireworks, food and fun are hallmarks of the July 4th holiday. Of course, between preparing for all the activities, you’ll probably need a way to keep your kids occupied so you can cook, make decorations or just relax for a few minutes. Sending them outside it a great option, but you’ll need a way to keep them entertained and educated.
Use this list to create some patriotic outdoor activities your kids will enjoy that don’t cost a fortune.
Buy some inexpensive concrete garden pavers at a home improvement store or substitute large river rocks if they’re easily accessible. Put a plastic tablecloth on your deck or porch as a work area and give your kids red, white and blue acrylic paint and brushes. Let them create patriotic works of art. Eagles, American flags and fireworks are great suggestions to get their creative juices flowing. You can display their artwork in your yard or home for years to come.
Kids love scavenger hunts, especially if there’s a fun theme involved. Print questions about the nation’s early history on patriotic themed stationary. Fold or roll the pages, tie with a ribbon and hide them throughout your yard. Ask the kids to find the hidden papers and then see if they can answer each of the questions. The child who gets the most questions correct wins a Popsicle or other treat.
Let your kids paint letters on a few dozen cardboard squares. You can cut these from cereal boxes, cardboard boxes or other items you would normally toss out. After the paint dries, let the kids use the tiles to spell letters in the yard. See how many patriotic words they can identify and then spell using the tiles.
Red, White and Blue Tag
Give each child a token that’s red, white or blue. Poker chips or buttons work well for this. Blow a whistle and let the kids go crazy chasing one another around the yard. When a player is tagged by another player, he or she must give up the token. The player that gathers one token of all three colors first wins the game.
Camp in the Backyard
Spend a few hours “camping” in your yard. Set up a tent, sing some campfire songs and eat some s’mores. (You can always melt the marshmallows in a microwave if you don’t have a spot to build a campfire). If you don’t have a tent, improvise using a king-size sheet and some bamboo stakes. Or, snag a great deal by using a Kohls coupon on a tent that you might actually take camping one day. And catch some fireflies, put them a jar and watch it glow. It doesn’t get any more American than that!
The Independence Day holiday is a great time to keep your kids entertained with patriotic themed outdoor activities. A little creativity will help you create tons of fun things to do that won’t break the bank.
Guest Post created by Missy Pitney. She enjoys coming up with creative ways to keep the kids busy. When she’s not socializing with her friends and family, she’s in the gym or enjoying the outdoors.
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