4 Marshmallow Treats for July Fourth

Nothing says summer like toasting marshmallows over an open campfire. But if you don't have a way to roast the sweet little gems during your Fourth of July party, you can still include the sugary treats in your family's backyard bash. Check out these easy to make, and patriotic marshmallow recipes for your Fourth fete! Marshmallow Dip Mix eight ounces of cream cheese, one package of completely thawed frozen whipped topping and one jar of marshmallow fluff until smooth. Spread the dip out across a deep square baking pan. Add blueberries, raspberries and mini marshmallows to create a red, white...

Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

June 21 marks the summer solstice. How can your kids celebrate the transition from season to season? If you're looking for fun-filled ideas for celebrating the summer through play, check out these easy activities. Sun and Shadow Drawing Where is the sun on this very special day? Throughout the day go outside and place a large sheet of butcher paper or plain gift wrap on the ground. Have your child stand near it, casting a shadow onto the paper. Draw the shadow's outline. Keep the paper where it is and repeat with new pieces throughout the day. If you have...

Fourth of July Backyard Buffet Ideas

What should your July 4th party menu include? Along with the usual suspects, such as burgers and dogs, you can add a festive touch with a red, white and blue bar. Set up the buffet in the backyard, ask the kids to help prep the awesome items and give your guests a patriotic treat! Check out these different 'bar' ideas for your big holiday bash. Sandwich Bar Give your party guests the chance to make their own sandwiches, using red, white and blue ingredients. Include bread (white bread and other light-colored choices), raspberry jelly, strawberry jam and blueberry preserves. Another...

6 Fourth of July Party Activities for Kids

Whether you're planning a neighborhood party, a smaller backyard bash or are just having the family over, you need July Fourth activities for the kids. Before you go all out and rent a bouncy house or spend days planning elaborate carnival style games, check out these easy activity options for your July 4th party! Build a balloon flag. Give the kids red, white and blue balloons to tape onto a large-sized piece of cardboard. Hang the flag as part of the party décor. Red, white and blue beanbag toss. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a grid onto the ground. Add...

Fourth of July Kids’ Party Game Ideas

Keep the kids busy during your July 4th party with a day of fun-filled, family-friendly games. If you're looking for a few options that will wow at your next backyard bash, check out these perfect party picks! Red, White and Blue-loons Fill red, white and blue balloons with water. Split the kids into two teams, giving each their own stash of balloons. You'll need plenty of space for them to run around, as they duck, hide and throw the balloons at each other. This is an ideal way to cool down on a hot July day. Ice Race Freeze red,...

American Flag July 4th Party Invitations

Are you having July 4th party? Instead of sending email announcements or store-bought invitations, get crafty and create your own! Not only will your guests appreciate your family's artful efforts, but the activity also gives your child something to do during their school break. Craft Materials You'll Need 8x10-inch white card stock paper Red and blue craft felt or foam Clear-drying school glue Silver star stickers A pencil A ruler A marker How-To Steps Cut the paper into 4x6-inch cards. Each card will become one invitation. Use the ruler and the pencil to make a rectangle star area and stripes....

Father’s Day Tie Cookies

Celebrate dad on his special day with these cute, and easy to make, Father's Day cookies. Even though your child is too young to bake on their own, they can help mix, measure and decorate the sweet treats for their proud papa. This children's baking idea also doubles as a STEM activity! Turn your kitchen into a science lab, letting your little learner explore the ingredients or ask them to add and subtract quantities of each item. After the science and math fun is done, it's time start making dad his Father's Day surprise! Ingredients You'll Need Dad's favorite cookie...

Fourth of July Fireworks: Art for Kids

Create fireworks of your own this Fourth of July! Your crafty kiddo can get artsy, making their own shimmering display—on a piece of paper. This easy art activity is the perfect party activity. Keep your pint-sized guests busy during a holiday backyard bash and set up a crafting table. After the artwork dries, hang the July 4th firework designs up as part décor! Materials You'll Need Black or dark blue poster board Clear-drying school glue Glitter How-to Art Activity Steps Dot the glue onto the poster board, creating a fireworks design. If squeezing glue directly from the bottle is tricky...

Flag Day Treats to Make with Your Child

Your child can get creative in the kitchen, helping you to whip up a few Flag Day themed treats. Celebrate the red, white and blue with these easy to make desserts! Red, White and Blue Layer Cake With a little food coloring and a lot of imagination, your child can help you to create this multi-layer (and multi-hued) treat. Choose your favorite vanilla cake recipe or use a boxed mix. You'll need enough batter to make three full circle-shaped cakes. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to one batch of batter and red to another. Keep the third...

Father’s Day Crown Card

Celebrate dad with this Father's Day king crown card! Instead of buying a ready-made card, your child can hand-craft dad this artsy option. Not only does the greeting share a special message, but the special guy in your life can also wear the 'crown card' on his big day. Materials You'll Need Construction paper Crayons Scissors Clear tape Clear-drying school glue Sequins How-to Crafting Steps Position two 8x10-inch pieces of construction paper horizontally next to each other. Draw the top of crown design (pointy edges) across the middle of the paper—again horizontally. Cut the paper at the lines. Tape the...