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Fireworks are a lot of fun but they can also be very dangerous. As a little girl I was terrified of them, because I had one spin across the ground and burn my foot. It was not bad, but enough to scare me and I get a lump in my stomach when I see fireworks going off.

Here are some easy tips to help your 4th of July be a little safer as your family celebrates and lights of fireworks.

1- When you light sparklers for your kids, stick the sparkler into the end of a large solo cup. This will help your child’s arm from getting burnt with the sparks from the sparkler. You can watch a video on how to do this here. 

2- Talk to your child BEFORE you light the sparkler about what is going to happen so they do not freak out once it starts to spark, and drop the sparkler.

3- Have an “after plan” on what to do with the HOT metal sparkler stick.  We always have a metal bucket for the kids to put their hot wire in. If they just drop it on the ground there is a good chance someone will step on it and burn their foot. Or it can land in dry grass and become a fire hazard.  Talking about what and where to put the hot stick at the end helps prevent this. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C), yikes that is hot enough to melt gold.

4- Before you let your child use a sparkler, pull their hair back and away from their face. Also talk to your child about holding their arm out AWAY from their face and hair.

5- Avoid areas with dry grass, dry leaves or lots of litter that might catch on fire.

6- Staying away from cars, lawn movers or other items with gas tanks is always a good idea too.

7- Do NOT put used fireworks into a garbage can. They might spark and set the other items in the can on fire. We always  put them a metal bucket, and soak them with water, then the NEXT day put them in the large trash can away from the house.

8- Have a hose or water bucket READY just in case. We are playing with fire, so having a fast water source is always a good idea.

9- Always use fireworks OUTSIDE, I know this sounds like common sense but you would be surprised how many people light them inside a garage or other indoor spaces.

10- Always point fireworks away from homes,  and people, never hold them above your head as the sparks falling may catch your hair on fire.

11- Never try to light a “dud” you never know when it might finally go off and if you are holding it or if it is near your face it would be very dangerous.

 

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Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsMy kids are out of school, summer is here and they LOVE craft and art projects.  Today we made fireworks with a fork for a quick and easy craft project.  I know it sounds a little strange but they had a BALL doing it, and it kept them busy for well over an hour.  If you are looking for a fun patriotic craft idea for the 4th of July then you might want to give this idea a try.

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsAll you need is:

A fork, plastic or metal, both work

A paper plate for the paint

Craft Paint

Paper

Fireworks made with a Fork and craft paint, quick and easy craft ideas for kids, 4th of July art projects #JULY4th, #fireworks, #KidCraftsStart with one color of paint, dip the back of the fork in and then “wipe” the back of the fork onto the paper.  Do this over and over and make a circle pattern.  Clean your fork off and then go to another color.  Do this over and over until you have used all the colors.  I used red white and blue but you could use any color.  They turn out rather pretty and appeal to a broad age group  my 4 year old and my 12 year old both had fun making these.

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4th of July Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza, Red White and Blue Dessert for July 4th #Fruit, #Recipe, #July4th
Fresh Berry Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza

This is one of my favorite desserts…. It can be made for any occasion and you can use your creativity on which fruit you use on top.  But these Red and Blue berries make for a festive cookie perfect for the 4th of July.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ½ Cups AP Flour
  • ½ teas. Baking Powder
  • ½ teas. Salt
  • ½ Cup Butter, Softened
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Milk
  • ½ teas. Vanilla

Topping

  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ½ teas. Vanilla
  • ½ Pint Strawberries
  • ½ Pint Blackberries
  • ½ Pint Blue Berries
  • ½ Pint Raspberries
  • ¼ Cup Peach Preserves
  • 2 Tbsp. warm water

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Instructions

Crust

In a small bowl sift together the Flour, Salt and Baking Powder, set aside.

In a large bowl cream together the Sugar and Butter until light and fluffy. Then beat in the Egg, Vanilla

and milk.

Slowly add the flour until a moist dough forms, just pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Form the dough into a log on a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and tightly wrap. Refrigerate at least

20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375?.

Take the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured, or powdered sugared surface. Form into a round

and roll out into a pizza crust approximately 1/3” thick. Use your fingers to keep the round shape and

fill in the cracks that form at the edges.

Place onto a nonstick cookie sheet and bake until the center is slightly firm to the touch, 12-14 minutes.

Let cool completely.

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Topping

In a bowl cream together the Cream Cheese, Vanilla and Sugar.

Slice Strawberries thinly.

Cut Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries in half.

Spread Cream Cheese over the cookie.

Arrange fruit on top of the Cream Cheese.

In a small bowl mix the preserves and warm water. Should be syrupy not watery. Strain into another

bowl through a fine mesh strainer to remove large pieces.

Use preserves to lightly glaze the fruit.

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Tie dye Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsMy girls wanted to make shirts for the 4th of July, so we deiced to make Tie Dye shirts with sharpies.  Inspired from the Tie Dye shirts we made at the beach.  We did it different this time, we did not use the cups or the dropper but the basic idea is the same.  You could make flags, scarves, t-shirts, towels…. all sorts of fun ideas.  This would also be a fun project to do on the 4th in the heat of the afternoon when you are waiting for the fireworks.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #Kids

To make these all you need is:

Sharpie Makers

Rubbing Alcohol

Spray bottle

White T-shirt

Price of cardboard
Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsI let the girls practice on strips of an old white sheet first.  So they could see which colors they liked best and how the designs would bend once you put the alcohol on them.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsPut a piece of cardboard in the tshirt to stretch it out to make coloring on it easier.  This will also prevent the colors from spreading to the back of the shirt. If you don’t have cardboard you could also use a cookie sheet.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsRemember that dark colors can make the pictures look “muddy or messy” if they blend together to much.  So try and use only one dark color per picture you draw.  Highlight them with as many light and bright colors as you want.

Tie-Die Shirts with sharpie markers, make Fire Work shirts for the 4th of July all you need is a sharpie, and a spraybottle #TieDie, #DIY, #Crafts, #KidsOnce you have your pictures drawn, pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle.  Spay the tshirt with alcohol.  The  more you put on the more the ink will spread. It will start to spread right away, but you will not see the final “blend Tie Dye look” till your shirt has dried.

If you want to set the ink, you can soak it in a Soda Ash before you draw on the shirt.    You can also heat set the ink with a iron.  Please note that once you wash the shirt it will start to fade if you do not first treat it with soda ash.

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Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
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DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
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Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
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4th of july crafts for kids

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My kids are counting down the days till July 4th is here and they can go to the parade, enjoy the BBQ and see the fireworks at night.  To add a little sparkle to our house the girls and I made some FireWorks crafts.  This was a low cost craft that was quick and easy as well.

4th of july crafts for kids

You can use what ever supplies you have around your house.  We used

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Red and blue paper
  • 4th of July themed napkins, you could also use scrapbook paper
  •  Pipe cleaners
  • Tape, scissors

4th of july crafts for kids

We wrapped the toilet paper rolls in the napkins, and then taped them into place.  Next we took half a sheet of paper and made cuts all the way down the side to create a fringe look.  I layered the red on top the blue  then rolled it up and placed it inside the tube.  This makes it look like the firework is going off.  I then taped that into place on the inside of the tube so it would not fall out.

4th of july crafts for kids

Next add the pipe cleaners.  First we put them in straight but they did not look very good, so then we twisted them around our fingers to give them a spiral look.  We hooked some stars on top with glue and then stuck then into the middle of the firework. Just like that you are DONE, my girls had a lot of fun making these.

4th of july crafts for kids

Best part is I can toss them after the 4th and not feel bad…. after all we can just make them again next year.

4th of july crafts for kids

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids this summer.

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Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do

Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids

Color Collage with ads from the paper

DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids

Recipe for Homemade Slime

 Under the Sea Art Project for kids

Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion

Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton 

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4th of july snack bundles, quick and easy treat for your red white and blue partyJuly 4th is right around the corner, it happens to be one of my families favorite holidays.  We are all about RED WHITE and BLUE and showing how much we love America.  We normally go to the parade, swim, have a BBQ and end the day by watching the fireworks.  We also have a tradition that we eat Twizzlers, they are easy to pack,  they hold up in the heat, easy to share and we love them.

I was looking on Pinterest and I saw this cute idea to wrap Pixie sticks up for the 4th of July.  Not sure about you but when my kids get Pixie Sticks they act like they are on Sugar Crack… sure go ahead and suck on a tube of sugar and get it everywhere.  Oh and then CRY because you have slobbered all over the end of your paper straw and now you can’t get to your sugar crack…. and you want me to get all sticky and fix it.  Come one, if you are a Mom  you know what I am talking about right :)

So instead I decided to tweak this cute idea to go along with our family tradition…. and that is how the idea of July 4th Snack Bundles came about.  Oh and yes I am sure I am going to get some nasty messages telling me that Twizzlers are going to ruin my children, but I assure you we will be fine… I promise to brush AND floss my kids teeth before they go to bed.    If you do not like the idea of Twizzlers, you are more than welcome to use fresh green beans or sugar snap peas and bundle them up instead.
4th of july snack bundles, quick and easy treat for your red white and blue party

All you need is a bag of Twizzlers, some scrapbook paper and tape.  Cut the scrapbook paper into 3 1/2  X 3 1/2 sections and wrap them around 5 Twizzlers.  Use tape to hold the paper in place.  Simple as that you have an adorable, but yummy treat to share with your family and friends on July 4th.

4th of july snack bundles, quick and easy treat for your red white and blue party

 

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