Beat the heat with an old-fashioned water balloon toss. Divide into groups of two and give each pair a water balloon. Partners will face each other and toss the balloons back and forth. After every successful catch, both partners will take a big step backwards and keep tossing. But if the balloon breaks… game over! Last team standing wins.
For added flair, play with red, white, and blue balloons. And remember to wear clothes that can get wet!
2. Patriotic Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep kids occupied for the afternoon. Before the hunt, hide Fourth of July-themed items like stars and miniature flags around the yard. Divide the group into teams and give each team a list of items to find. Whoever gets back first with all their items is the winner!
3. Ice Cube Race
Fourth of July can be one of the hottest days of the year—and it feels even hotter if you’re outside all day. That’s where the ice cube race comes in. Each participant puts an ice cube on a spoon. Whoever can make it across the yard first without dropping their ice wins!
4. Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star
Prefer to avoid the heat and stay inside? There’s still a craft for you and the kids. Cut out stars using felt, construction paper, or cardboard, paint if needed, and decorate with pipe cleaners, glitter, or beads. You’ll have a pretty, spangled art project—ready to hang on the fridge!
Betsy Ross famously made each five-pointed star for the first American flag with only one scissor cut. You can do the same by following these instructions.
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