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The Fourth of July brings together families in a day filled with fireworks, parades, and get-togethers. You can feel the spirit of freedom with festive items in red, white, and blue. And what better way to celebrate this day than to create exciting art projects with your kids?

If you’re looking for STEAM-related crafts for the coming holiday, Rayito de Sol has you covered. We have listed the following fun and simple patriotic crafts for kids that you can for the upcoming holiday.

Marble Fireworks Painting

Do you have marbles lying around your house? You can use those to make artwork inspired by the 4th of July! Bring out your little one’s inner creativity with this painting exercise.

What You Need

  • Deep baking pan or a shallow cardboard box
  • Wax paper
  • White cardstock
  • Red and blue paint
  • Marble

How to Make This Craft

  1. Place the wax paper on the baking pan or cardboard box.
  2. Place the cardstock on top of the wax paper.
  3. Add a few dabs of paint to the cardstock.
  4. Put the marble in the center of a painted area and begin tilting the pan. Let the marble roll and do its magic! 

Popsicle Stick Flag

During hot summer days, your kids can’t help but crave yummy cold treats like popsicles. But after eating, you don’t need to throw the sticks away. Turn your popsicle sticks into the American flag with this exciting project!

What You Need

  • Popsicle or craft sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Red, white, and blue paint
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • Star stickers or cutouts

How to Make This Craft

  1. For this craft, you need to prepare ten popsicle sticks.
  2. Cut three of the sticks to 3 inches using your scissors. Then, cut two of the sticks into 3 1/2 inches.
  3. Paint the three small sticks with blue, three large sticks with red, and the two large sticks with white. You don’t need to paint the two 3 1/2 inch sticks.
  4. Glue the back of the red and white sticks to the 3 1/2 inch sticks.
  5. Glue the three blue sticks on the upper left part of the larger sticks.
  6. Add star stickers or cutouts to the blue sticks.

Stringing Stars

Get your kid’s hands working with this simple stringing stars project. It’s the perfect craft for teaching your kids about counting, sequencing, and recognizing colors.

What You Need

  • Red, white, and blue felt paper
  • Scissors
  • Your choice of string: shoelace, yarn, ribbon

How to Make This Craft

  1. For this activity, you need to cut out several star shapes from your felt paper.
  2. Cut two small parallel lines at the center of your star.
  3. Thread your stars on a shoelace, yarn, or ribbon.
  4. Once you’re done, you can remove the stars from the strings and repeat the activity. You can also tie the ends to create a garland.

Stars and Stripes Sensory Bin

This fourth of July-themed sensory bin craft lets your child have fun learning different shapes and textures. Your kid can play around with the stars and stripes to exercise their motor skills and improve their spatial cognition.

What You Need

  • Pasta (rigatoni, ziti, farfalle, stelline)
  • Star buttons
  • Glitter stars
  • Plastic tub
  • Divided trays
  • Chopsticks or tongs
  • Spoons
  • Measuring cups

How to Make This Craft

  1. Organize your pasta into two groups: stars (farfalle, stelline) and stripes (rigatoni, ziti).
  2. Dye half of the farfalle and stelline in blue. Then, dye half of the rigatoni and ziti in red.
  3. Arrange your pasta in a plastic tub.
  4. Place the star buttons and glitter stars into the divided trays.
  5. Let your child play with the stars and stripes using chopsticks, spoons, tongs, and measuring cups.

Giant Mosaic Flag

The 4th of July isn’t complete without a large flag on your wall. But why buy one when you can make it yourself? This giant mosaic flag project can exercise your kid’s ability to recognize colors, shapes, and spaces.

What You Need

  • One big roll of white paper
  • Red, white, and blue paper cutouts
  • Tape
  • Glue

How to Make This Craft

  1. For the mosaic, cut out red, white, and blue chunks of paper. You can use old magazines or unused colored print materials.
  2. Draw the American flag on a big roll of paper.
  3. Tape the paper on a wall.
  4. Let your kids paste the colored cutouts on the flag outline.

Fourth of July Shakers

Move to the groove of summer with this easy Fourth of July shakers craft. By shaking this along with some music, your little one can have fun while improving their coordination and hearing skills.

What You Need

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Rice
  • Wax paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Star stickers
  • Ribbons
  • Colored tape (red, white, blue)

How to Make This Craft

  1. Cut two small squares of wax paper. You will use this later to cover the ends of the toilet paper roll.
  2. Tape one square of wax paper on one end of the toilet paper roll.
  3. Fill the paper roll with rice.
  4. Seal the other end of the paper roll using the remaining wax paper and Scotch tape.
  5. Cut the ribbons to your desired length.
  6. Tape the ribbons one by one on the bottom end of the paper roll, so the ribbon hangs off.
  7. Wrap one colored tape around the paper roll to create a stripe.
  8. Repeat with another colored tape until the paper roll is completely covered.
  9. Decorate the roll with star stickers.

Celebrate with 4th of July Preschool Crafts

This season doesn’t only bring fun but also exciting learning opportunities for your kids. With these fourth of July craft ideas, your kids can work on their core competencies in a fun way. What’s more, your child can gain a sense of accomplishment when they finish their craft.

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