With the 4th only a day away, why not take some time today to make some festive crafts with the kids!! Here are a few of our favorite craft ideas!
1. Patriotic Sparkler Shirt– Use sparkly fabric gel pens to depict your own July Fourth fireworks on a plain red, white, or blue T-shirt. Lay the shirt flat on newspapers, and place a piece of poster board or cardboard inside to prevent the gel ink from bleeding through. Make a point for the center of your firework, and draw arching rays going in all directions, alternating colors for variety.
2. Patriotic Batons– The little ones will need some help with this project as it requires a little more work. You can find all of the details here.
3. Patriotic Scooter Decorating Project– Host your own Fourth of July parade and let the kids decorate their bikes and scooters for the occasion. Supply them with pinwheels, ribbon, chenille stems, and more. If you’re hosting a big crowd with lots of children, sponsor a decorating contest and offer prizes to participants.
4. Star Shaped Bubble Wands– Since this project requires the use of wire, it might not be safe for the kids to help with but they will love the end result!
5. Coffee Can Windsock– This is an adorable project that will get everyone into the 4th of July Spirit.
While you are working on the crafts, why not share some fun 4th of July facts with the kids. Here are just a few that we came across!
-Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
-Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed today. That’s roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S.
-Oddly, the majority of the nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the 4th of July is produced in China. Nearly $349 million dollars are used each year to import in the flags, banners, decorations, and emblems.
-The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801.
-The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
-The national anthem is actually set to the tune of an old English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.
-John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.
-The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was 26-year-old Edward Rutledge. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin. He was 70. Most of the signers were in their 30s and 40s.
-When the United States became a country, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the country. Today the population is around 304 million.
-Bristol, Rhode Island has the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration dating back to 1785.