04 Jul 4th of July: 7 Creative Ways to Celebrate
It is July 4th, the perfect day to spend with your family. Of course, it’s a day to celebrate with our friends and family, but it is also important to teach our kids the meaning of this day and explain that it isn’t just about parades, carnivals, barbecues, and fireworks. Talk with your kids about why today is called Independence Day. I challenge you to find some engaging activities outside the run of the mill Independence Day favorites. Need some inspiration? Here are 7 new ideas.
1. Bake red, white and blue treats. You can bake cookies shaped like flags or cupcakes with red, white, and blue frosting
2. Try making this Fourth of July Wand. It’s a simple, colorful craft that will provide the festive aesthetics of fireworks and sparklers. This is great for all ages!! https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/4th-of-july/4th-of-july-wand.asp
3. Set up a relay race or water balloon fight with two teams: Americans and British!
4. Have an old-fashioned pie-eating contest in the backyard that relatives of all ages can take part in.
5. Make your own flag. Use Popsicle sticks, poster board, and markers to design your own special flag!
6. Make a Red, White and Blue Spritzer Fill a glass with frozen blueberries and strawberries, and top with Sprite or 7UP. This refreshing, patriotic treat encompasses the colors of the flag — and cools you off for summer! You could also freeze red and blue Kool-Aid in ice cube trays, and add the colorful cubes in place of the frozen fruit. Both are simple and rejuvenating.
7. Make a fourth of July Confetti Popper. This reusable popper lets you launch paper “fireworks” during Fourth of July parades and barbecues — or wherever confetti is needed.
a) Cut the top 2½ to 3 inches from a clean plastic bottle and discard the rest.
b) Cover the cut edge with tape.
c) Stretch the mouth of a party balloon over the bottle’s opening.
d)Work the neck of the balloon over the threads of the bottleneck
e) Cut paper into confetti, then pour the pieces into the popper.
f) Hold onto the bottleneck with one hand, and pull down on the bottom of the balloon with the other.
g) Let the balloon snap to launch a shower of confetti.
Ally is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her Master of Social Work degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from The University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2004, Ally has worked with children, teens, and families in a variety of settings including respite care, hospitals, crisis hotlines, and public schools. In 2009, she received her school social work certification (Type 73) and has worked as a school social worker in elementary and middle schools for the past 5 years. Her creativity and desire to make all kids feel comfortable was evident when she designed a place for the students to come to hang out, chat, and problem-solve in her school that she called “The Peace Pad”. Ally enjoys working with children of all ages in individual, group, and family sessions. She loves to see positive changes in children and families and values the work she does. When she isn’t working, she can often be found playing with her nephew, running races, or enjoying some new places to explore.