Easy Fourth of July Activities for Toddlers

Celebrating Fourth of July is a favorite summer milestone for many. And I think it’s so important to explain the why behind holidays to our children. I get it, it can be difficult to explain 4th of July to toddlers and preschoolers. However, you can tell them that it’s a day where we celebrate our country by being outside, cooking out, going to the beach, etc. You can let them know that they’ll see lots of red, white, and blue because these are the colors represented in the American flag, and that it’s also called Independence Day!

This is also a great opportunity to teach your kids that not everyone has the same amount of freedom in America and talk about how they can be a friend to those who look different than them by showing empathy, kindness and understanding.

With fireworks, swimming, yard games, and grilling, this July celebration tends to excite older children and adults more than the younger kids. However, there are plenty of ways to get your toddlers just as excited for the 4th. Read on to see ideas for Fourth of July Activities for Toddlers that they will absolutely love.

Easy Fourth Of July Activities For Toddlers

Fourth of July Activities for Toddlers

Planning any activities for kids in July can be difficult, because for many of us, it’s so hot outside. If it’s been hot, you’ve likely been stuck inside, and you may be running out of activities for toddlers as well as your big kids. Here are some 4th of July activities that will keep your little ones busy!

Fun Backyard Activities for Toddlers

Water Balloons

Who doesn’t love water balloons? Grab a set like this one from Amazon. It can fill up and tie 100 water balloons in just 60 seconds! A quick set-up for endless fun!

Slip and Slide

Any activities with water are great Fourth of July activities for toddlers. I’m sure your kids of all ages could spend hours going down this slip and slide in your backyard!

Splash Pad

Splash pads have been a huge hit this year! This one is even 4th of July themed and has great reviews. Combined with a slip and slide, this would make for a fun afternoon. 

Giant Jenga

Jenga is a game that the whole family can play together. This giant red, white, and blue version is made for outdoor play.

Artsy Patriotic Fun

Red, White, and Blue Sensory Bin

Sensory activities are always a toddler favorite. There are many items that you can dump into a bin and let them explore. Be sure to add various size cups, scoops, or tweezers to pour and pick up the items. My favorite spot to buy sensory bin items is the dollar store! Some ideas are:

Fourth of July Activities for Toddlers

Dish Brush Fireworks

All you need for this patriotic craft is a dish brush, red and blue paint, and a piece of white paper. 

Dish Brush Fireworks Activity

Paper Plate Flag

All you need to make this cute craft is a paper plate, blue paint, red and white tissue paper, glue, and a small piece of string.

Paper Plate Flag

Face Paint

Check out this 4th of July face painting kit that comes with four different patriotic stencil designs. 

Toddlers will love these 4th of July activities!

Even if you are staying home this year, these activities will make for a fun yet easy 4th of July that toddlers will love. Do you have a favorite 4th of July activity for toddlers? Leave it in the comments! For more toddler activities and ways to encourage your child to play independently, check out this post.

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