Crafty Monday: Independence Day crafts (the 4th of July)

Hello, dear ones πŸ™‚ I hope you had a lovely weekend. I’ve got several Fourth of July crafts and activities to share. Enjoy the pics etc πŸ™‚

We started our day with an Independence Day Lapbook.

Resources from: http://www.lapbooklessons.com/FourthofJulyLapbook.html

We also read a couple of books about Francis Scott Key andΒ  “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Nana and Grandad came over to join the fun. While Chris grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, the rest of us were being crafty :). You can find our ideas on my Pinterest at: http://pinterest.com/doverette/summer-crafts/

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First, we made fireworks in a jar, which took a lot of trial and error. We found it was best not to pour all the mixture in at once. This craft is on Pinterest.

Food Coloring, Oil, water, and a glass vase….voila!

Then I taught everyone how to make Fourth of July Candles.

Materials: Mason Jar/ baby food jar, several cans of salt, red and blue food coloring, small candles (red or blue), funnel

  1. First, you get three cups/bowls and fill each with the same amount of salt. You’re going to need a lot if you use a big mason jar like us. You can make several if you use baby food jars.

2.Β Then you put a couple of drops of red coloring in one cup, blue in the next, and keep one cup white. Take a fork and mix the food coloring. You will have colored salt. Then you want to layer these (red, white, and blue). Use a funnel to pour your colors. You can make several small layers or three big layers.

3. Once you’ve finished layering you will melt the bottom of your candle over the top of the salt. This will help seal it and keep the salt from falling out. Then just stick the candle on top.

I bought a cheap white t-shirt and some fabric paint to make Michael a Fourth of July shirt.

It was way too hot to go to all the holiday events. So we had our own fun at home until time for fireworks. Chris and I filled up 20 water balloons so we could play hot potato with them. We also filled the water guns.

The games began πŸ™‚

Eventually, we started trying to soak each other with the balloons. Kim (grandad) thought it’d be fun to bust one on my head.

This began a war πŸ™‚

Run , run , as fast as you can….

Surrounded

Once we were cool we enjoyed some watermelon and then had a three-legged race. The hubby finally joined the games. We won but Michael and Mom (Nana) did a good job. Maybe someday I can find sacks large enough for a sack race.

The grand-folks went home and the family got ready for fireworks. It’s always great to have face paint around. I painted Michael’s face with festive colors.

Captain America shield….sort of

American Flag

I had already bought him some patriotic glow sticks to wave around too. We grabbed some ice cream then parked to see the show. Chris put down his top on his Jeep so we could sit on the roll bar. Michael and I didn’t like the height but we managed.

Fireworks πŸ™‚

Oh and we painted our door:

Well, God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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