3 Easy Toddler Crafts for 4th of July

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and I thought I’d share a few easy toddler crafts I did with my 3-year-old son. Last year he was too young to understand what the holiday was about, and this year we won’t be out watching fireworks or at a gathering with others due to the pandemic.  However, craft time is always fun for him and of course, it keeps him busy!  I mean, just check out that happy face below!

 

 

Painted Stars On Popsicle Sticks

Supplies needed:

  1. White construction paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Paint (we used blue, red, and yellow)
  4. Paintbrushes
  5. Elmer’s glue (or your favorite squeezable brand glue in a bottle)

The first and easy craft we did was putting painted stars on popsicle sticks! I free-handed stars and cut them out for him on white construction paper. Not my best moment as they weren’t very even (hiding in shame, haha!), but I did say this was quick and easy!

 

 

I let him paint the stars red and blue (and he also chose yellow). Once they dried, we decided to glue popsicle sticks to the back and voila! Another idea: You could always hang them up if you have a space dedicated to toddler arts and crafts in your house.  We have twine draped across a wall, but you could put them on the fridge or wherever you’d like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

America’s National Bird — The Bald Eagle

The next little craft we did was making America’s National Bird — the Bald Eagle! It seriously took (maybe) less than 5 minutes.  Admittedly, it was mostly work done by mama over here, but he was so excited to pick the size of the eagle’s eyes, the color of the eagle’s feathers, and to squeeze out all the glue for each part (fine motor skills practice!). The best thing is that he never knew what a Bald Eagle was before this.  He only knew “birds.”

Supplies needed:

  1. The leftover inside cardboard of a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll
  2. Scissors
  3. Brown construction paper
  4. White construction paper
  5. Yellow construction paper
  6. Elmer’s glue (or your favorite squeezable brand glue in a bottle)
  7. Googly Craft Eyes
  8. Faux Feathers for crafting

Take the cardboard toilet paper roll and measure out the length, as well as the circumference of both the brown and the white construction paper so you know how much to cover. Glue those both on/around the roll, covering about 70-75% with brown, and the remaining with white. I then free-handed with the yellow construction paper and did my best to cut out a beak and some eagle claws. Everything else is the gluing — the eyes, beak, claws, and feathers. My son chose orange feathers, but brown works too.  There you have it, he now knows what an American Eagle is!

 

Painting Fireworks

The last little craft is just simply painting of fireworks, but with a twist.

Supplies needed:

  1. The leftover inside cardboard of a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll
  2. White paper
  3. Paint (we used blue and red)

I grabbed the cardboard of an old paper towel roll and cut it in half (the inside of a toilet paper roll works well, too). On one side, I cut slits. I didn’t measure and did it free-handed, but I’d say it was measuring just short of 2 inches.  Once complete, just flatten out that side to dip into your paint. It will give a cool fireworks effect.

 

I had another brush (pictured below) that was part of a painting kit we already have.  You can find the kit here on my Amazon Storefront (www.amazon.com/shop/msstacyliz) under “Kid Craft Supplies.” We used this one as well for the look of smaller fireworks, and it worked.

 

They didn’t come out spectacular, but once he learns more about what fireworks look like (he has never seen them in person), I’m sure we will find another project to do again… and better! They don’t look that bad, but what matters most is that he had so much fun doing it! That’s what counts!

 

Have a great 4th of July weekend! Who are you spending it with and what might you be doing?

 

20 Comments

  1. July 4, 2020 / 2:10 AM

    These are cute ideas. Bet your boy loved these crafts. Happy July 4 to you! I almost forgot it was July 4th for you in the US tomorrow.

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:54 PM

      Thanks! Yeah, the 4th isn’t the same this year due to COVID-19 and sadly the state that America is in, but I had to do something fun for my little guy 🙂

  2. Nkem
    July 4, 2020 / 6:27 AM

    Great ideas and super easy! I like how you have smocks on them for easy clean up. I guess that’s a must – haha

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:55 PM

      Haha! Thanks! Yeah, the little smock is too cute.

  3. July 4, 2020 / 8:10 AM

    Finally today is July 4th and although it will be a different day from the others, the desire to celebrate is not lacking. Just reinvent yourself! And this it’s a good idea for kids!

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:56 PM

      Thank you! It was definitely different this year, but had to do something for him 🙂

  4. July 4, 2020 / 11:11 AM

    These are such cute ideas. Crafts are a great way to spark a child’s imagination, and these are so great because they’re so easy.

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:56 PM

      Yes, and thanks for your comment! They learn a lot from crafting.

  5. July 4, 2020 / 1:04 PM

    These are some great ideas! I would love to do these with my grandchildren, but I won’t be seeing them for this 4th of July. Hopefully soon.

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:57 PM

      Aww, I’m sorry you won’t see your grandchildren. I know, I didn’t take my kids to see my parents (their grandparents) due to COVID-19, but I still tried to make it fun. What a different year. Hope you had a good 4th.

  6. Hayley
    July 4, 2020 / 5:09 PM

    Thank you for the great ideas. Perfect for the 4th of July!

  7. July 4, 2020 / 5:15 PM

    happy independence day! i love the crafts you designed. the bald eagle is so wonderful.

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:58 PM

      That was my favorite – its too cute! 🙂

  8. July 4, 2020 / 7:38 PM

    These are adorable crafts! My girls have been wanting to make something today!

    • Stacy Liz
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 4:58 PM

      You’re welcome. Hope your 4th was good!

  9. July 5, 2020 / 5:20 AM

    What cute and easy stuff to make, love the owl. I cant wait for my baby niece to grow up so I can make stuff like this for her 🙂

  10. July 5, 2020 / 9:04 PM

    Painted Stars On Popsicle Sticks is such a nice idea! I hope my nephew can create this DIY project. Nice!

  11. July 5, 2020 / 11:45 PM

    This is really nice, I love painting. Wished I would paint, this looks so natural.

  12. Elizabeth O
    July 6, 2020 / 3:29 PM

    Such fun ways to do crafts for kids this July 4th. I enjoyed spending my time with my niece. They had a vacation with me for 2 weeks. Will have to try this. They would enjoy it so much.

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