The 4th of July is a fun time for family and friends to get together and enjoy a day of BBQ, Parades, and Fireworks! Get little ones involved with your 4th of July celebration this year with these 5 fun kid friendly activities!
Balloon Fireworks! Kids love fireworks, but parents know how dangerous they can be! An idea I obtained from MarthaStewart.com is fun alternative to the real deal that requires only seconds to make!Balloon Fireworks are filled with confetti and popped using a sharpened pencil (marthastewart.com advises parental supervision for children under the age of 8).
**Fun add on idea’s:
-LED Balloons can be used to give your balloon fireworks a glowing effect before it pops!
-Glitter or angel dust can give a more sparkling effect especially in bright light (I would advise to have them pop it in an area where you can easily clean up mess such as outside or over a mat)
50 Stars and 13 Stripes American Flag Cake! This American flag cake has 50 refreshing blueberry stars, and 13 juicy raspberry and powdered sugar stripes! Found on Smitten Kitchen’s Blog, this cake is not only fun to make but delicious to eat! Cut down time, and make it more kid friendly by using boxed cake mix such as funfetti.
**Make this cake significantly less in calories without sacrificing taste by using angel food cake and whipping cream frosting.
DIY Patriotic Pinwheel We all remember the hometown parades on 4th of July morning where kids would hold cute little flags or pinwheels as they watched floats throwing candy pass them by! This fun DIY patriotic pinwheel is from firstpalette.com and is a fun activity for you and your children that will make them proud to hold during your 4th of July celebrations!
**Fun Tip!! ** -Use clear glitter paint for a day time sparkle effect, and glow-in-the-dark paint for a fun night time glow!
Red and Blue Water gun Tie Dye!! What kid does not love to get messy! With outside BBQ’s and family gathering’s This is a perfect activity for kids and they can make a cool Tee!
I found this on postgradlife.tumblr.com! I would recommend this for older children, but with adult supervision, this could be a fun activity for the whole family!!! Using white tee shirts, with red and blue dye, they can create a fun patriotic shirt while battling out their friends!
DIY Ring Toss I found this fun idea on HGTV.com and thought it was a great way to replicate a classic childhood game! Using common household items like old soda or clear beer bottles and rope this ring toss game is sure to provide your kids and your friends with hours of fun outdoor entertainment!
Stop wasting time and money on pointless gadgets that really don’t make life in the kitchen easy! These 5 kitchen hacks used items you have laying around in your home and work better than most commercial products!!
Pit a Strawberry With a Straw:
I first heard about this hack from New Nostalgia’s blog and it is one of the best ways to pit strawberries for fruit salads, stuffed berries, or any recipe that calls for pitted strawberries!
To do this hack, simply grab a straw (non-flexible straws do work best) and insert the straw into the bottom of the strawberry and push all the way through (as pictured to the left; if using a flexible straw, use the non-flexible end). This will give you a perfect pit every time!
*Note: a single straw can pit 4-5 berries from my experience flawlessly!
Use Spaghetti to Keep Frosted Cakes Looking Great!
This hack is one of the greatest hacks I have seen in a while! No matter your baking skills, every baker can tell tales of spending hours to decorate the perfect cake, to just have it smudged on the 5-10 minute drive to your party/event! This hack is from Food Hacks on Wonderhowto.com and is a great way to keep your cake looking great simply using dried Spaghetti and plastic wrap!
To do this, simply insert dried spaghetti, equally spaced apart, around the sides and top of your cake. Cut two LONG sheets of plastic wrap and drape them over the cake perpendicular to each other and wrap the ends on the bottom of the cake.
There are times when we want those great campfire treats, but no campfire available! Bust out your hair dryer, because you can get S’mores anytime at home with this great kitchen hack found on The Salt’s Blog!
Simply place your hair dryer on High and place directly above a graham cracker layered with a milk chocolate and a marshmallow. Within seconds, the chocolate will become glossy and begin to melt with the Marshmallow.
*Note: A chopstick or butter knife is helpful to hold the solid chocolate down when you begin this process. (The air from the hair dryer causes it to blow around).
Okay so as a college student, I don’t have much money to get decent knives, let alone buy a fancy knife sharpener or pay someone to do it for me! I have taught all my roommates this trick and it has saved us tuns of money!
Simply turn a coffee mug over and place the bottom of your knife, at a 45 degree angle, sharp end facing away from you (as pictured to the left) and stroke down. Repeat this process a few times on both edges to get a good sharp blade.