Frugal 4th of July Activities for Kids
Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 2:27 pm
How does your family celebrate July 4th? Older kids have the ability to wait until it is dark enough to enjoy the fireworks. Younger kids are going to have difficulty waiting so long. You are going to need something fun for them to during the day. Try some of these frugal ideas!
4 Frugal Activities for Kids on the 4th of July
Time to get out the sidewalk chalk! Little kids who are overly excited about getting to see the fireworks can channel that energy into art. It’s really easy to draw fireworks. Make a dot. Start at the dot and make a bunch of lines that extend from it. Preschoolers are especially creative with this type of art project.
Real Simple has some easy to follow instructions for making your own popsicles. You can make little ones from your ice cube trays, or larger ones from plastic cups. The advantage of making your own is that you are able to control what goes into it.
This could be a fun project for your kids to get involved with. Try a mix that includes blueberries, strawberries, or red fruit juice. That should result in popsicles that have either some red, or some blue, color in them.
Another option is to buy a great big package of popsicles from the store. The kind that comes in plastic sleeves are typically the least expensive variety.
The little ones cannot wait to see some fireworks, but that won’t happen for hours. Now might be a good time to get on YouTube and watch some videos that include fireworks. Parents may want to take the time to pre-screen the videos before you let your kids watch them (just in case the content isn’t kid-friendly). There are so many fireworks videos to choose from! This activity can kill a lot of time.
Frisbees and Snack Foods
Will your family be going to a park to watch fireworks “in person”? Fill a cooler with plenty of snack foods. Bring bottles of water. This helps avoid the problem of hungry and unhappy children who have to wait for the fireworks to start. Don’t forget the bug spray!
Bring a frisbee to throw (if there is enough room to safely play). Families who have a pick up truck can bring blankets and sleeping bags for your kids to snuggle in as they watch the fireworks.