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10 Independence Day Crafts, Games & Activities Kids Will Love

Throwing your very first Fourth of July bash this year? Or are you running out of ideas and need a little inspiration to elevate your hosting game? Then you’ve come to the right place. We have plenty of games and crafts for the kids, and we’ve also rounded up a few tasty recipes you should definitely add to your party menu.

From DIY projects to easy-to-make snacks and outdoor games you can play with the whole fam, here are some fun, easy Fourth of July activities perfect for this Independence Day.

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July 4th crafts

DIY patriotic star wands

DIY patriotic star wands

With just some letter paper, paper straws, glue, scissors, string and Hello, Wonderful’s printable star template, kids will have their very own star wands in no time.

Popsicle stick flag

Popsicle stick flag Making American flags with popsicle sticks has become a popular craft project for the Fourth of July, and for good reason: They’re so easy to make, and kids love ’em.

4th of July parade wands

Fourth of July parade wands

Bring these DIY wands to a parade or just run around the backyard with them — either way, the kids will love waving these around.

Want more Fourth of July arts and crafts project for the kids? Here are a few more.

4th of July games

Ring toss

Ring toss Fourth of July game

Grab about two dozen empty soda bottles, throw on some cute Fourth of July-appropriate labels, and either buy rings like those pictured here or use glow stick bracelets. It’s easy to make a ring toss game the kids can play for hours.

4th of July scavenger hunt

Girl waving little American flag

This will take some prepping to hide red, white and blue items, but it’ll be 100 percent worth it in the end: Send your players on a scavenger hunt in your backyard or throughout the neighborhood to find mini American flags and other patriotic items.

4th of July water beads

Fourth of July sensory water beads activity

What, you’ve never considered making a red, white and blue sensory tub with water beads? (We hadn’t either.) It’s an easy project, and kids won’t be able to resist touching them.

Want more activities and games? Here are 10 more easy backyard games to play this Fourth of July.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2012.

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