4th of July kids craft: Party favor surprise
There’s nothing like the Fourth of July to celebrate the great American trait of ingenuity.
For kids, that means firing up those great imaginations, and poking around the house for everyday items that can be put to good use.
Make a fantastic kids craft with something you toss in the recycling bin every week: paper towel tubes, or wrapping paper tubes. Have your little ones help give your guests a little memento of a party that’s sure to be a real blast on July 4.
4th Of July Party Favor Surprise Kids Craft:
What you’ll need:
- Paper towel or wrapping paper tubes
- Glue sticks, or washable school glue
- Tissue paper
- Construction paper
- Ribbon or yarn in red, white, blue or some combination
- The surprise inside (think patriotic candy, flags, confetti, etc.)
- Plan the “stuffing:” First, decide how many party favors you’ll need, and know in advance what they’ll hold. Think about all the things that would fit into a tube: Red, white and blue candy; a tiny American flag on a stick that can be unfurled, a budding artist’s drawing of an American icon, a patriotic poem – the sky is the limit.
- Cut Paper Decor & Design: Next, cut the paper to fit the length of the tube (keep in mind that the tubes can be cut in half, or far more, in the case of wrapping paper tubes). Challenge young artists to think of patriotic “prints” that will be pleasing to the eye when wrapped. In other words, a giant American eagle should be discouraged, as it will be lost when wrapped around the tube.
- Glue the tissue paper to construction paper: Glue tissue paper on both ends of the construction paper.
- Fill: Fill the tube with the “surprise.”
- Roll & Glue to Tube: Roll the paper around the tube and glue to hold it tight. The tissue paper should be hanging off either end.
- Tie: Tie the tissue paper on the ends off with the ribbon.
- Optional: Offer up some old magazines and ask the kids to find words – or letters to spell out words – that describe how they feel about America. You might be interested to hear some of the words they come up with. Glue on the letters or words to add a final touch to the party favor.