Fourth of July Crafts & Activities

Looking for simple crafts and activities for Fourth of July? We’ve got you covered!


Glow Stick Alphabet Letters

Glow sticks are a simple and fun way to practice letters! Give your child some glow sticks, find a dark room, and see how many letters she can build! For added practice, see how many letter sounds they can make!

Pool Noodle Letters

Pool noodles are really versatile and can be used for so much more than swimming! We used festive red and blue pool noodles and cut them into short cylinders, thanks to a serrated knife. Then, using a Sharpie, we wrote letters on the sides of each cylinder. A shovel and bucket later, and your child can scoop letters, saying the letter name or sound as they scoop. More advanced readers can pair pieces together to build words!

Paper Plate Letter Fun

Paper plates are another versatile and simple letter activity! We found red, silver, and blue star paper plates, perfect for 4th of July fun! Add a letter to each plate, and then give your little ones a pile of foam letters (or stickers or really anything in a letter shape), and let them sort the letters onto the plates. This can be a great targeted activity to work on specific letters or sounds! You can also use this activity to work on alphabetizing, spelling words, and more! 

Fireworks Marble Art

White paper, red and blue paint, and marbles make this fun and simple art project perfect for the 4th of July! To make this craft, use a foil pan or box and add a piece of paper to the bottom. Squeeze a small amount (just a few drops, really) of red and blue paint in the center. Add marbles and encourage your child to gently shake the box to get the marbles rolling! Then enjoy the fun as the marbles create “fireworks” all over the paper!

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Fourth of July Crafts and Activities

Need simple patriotic crafts and activities for the Fourth of July? We’ve got you covered!

Splatter Art Alphabet Stars

These Splatter Art Alphabet Stars are a great way to add even more fun to kid crafting! Using cardstock, cut out as many stars as you want. Then find a place that can get a little messy (outside works great!). Lay the stars on the grass or over newspaper, butcher paper, etc. Then help your child dip their paintbrush in blue or red paint and “splatter” the paint all over the stars! Once all the splattering is complete, let the stars dry. At that point, you can add letters to write words for a cute decorative banner, or you can play games, like hiding them around the yard for little ones to find!  Either way, this will be a fun (and messy!) project you and your child can enjoy together!

Glitter and Glue Fireworks

Fireworks are an iconic part of Fourth of July, but cranky kids who stay up too late are… not so fun. So instead of staying up late to watch them, you and your little ones can make your own!  Using glue, make fireworks shapes one or two at a time. Cover each new glue addition with your choice of colored glitter, making sure to shake off any excess. Repeat until you have filled your paper with bright and colorful glitter fireworks!

Alphabet Parade

The Fourth of July isn’t complete without a parade! Why not make an alphabet parade with siblings, neighbors, cousins, parents, or whoever wants to join in on the fun? All you need are alphabet flags (and candy to throw at the spectators)! To make the flags, grab paper, sticks, and markers.  Start by cutting a piece of paper to the desired size. Add a targeted letter to each side, then let your child decorate their flag. When they’ve finished decorating, tape a stick or skewer to it, and it’s ready to be used for the parade! Don’t forget to encourage everyone to say or shout their letter sounds as they march!  

Painted Handprint Flag

Try this easy but adorable painted handprint flag! All you need are blue and red paint, a piece of paper or cardstock, and a paintbrush. First, paint your child’s hand with blue paint. Once covered, stamp their hand in the upper left corner to represent the stars. Then, using red paint and a paint brush, encourage your child to paint stripes horizontally across the paper. Let dry and  enjoy their patriotic artwork!

American Flag Snack

Try this easy and healthy American Flag snack to celebrate the Fourth of July! First, spread cream cheese over a graham cracker. Next, add blueberries or blackberries in the upper left corner as the “stars.” Finally, let your little one make stripes using cut up strawberries.  Yum!

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