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3 Fun Kid-Friendly Activities to Celebrate July 4th

These fun activities can be done anytime of the year, but if you are looking for a few simple ways to entertain kids this July 4th, these might do the trick!

Firecracker Drinks

Who doesn’t love a festive and exciting beverage to enjoy on July 4th? Just use sparkling water (or Sprite, or even tap water), and add some PopRocks on top! Boom- Firecracker drinks are ready! Pop Rocks are basically carbonated candy – crystallized sugar surrounding CO2 gas. When the sugar coating is dissolved in your drink (or mouth!), the CO2 bubbles are released and can be heard with a popping or fizzing sound.

Firecracker Drink

Sparkling water

Firecracker drink

Sparkling water plus 1 tsp Pop Rocks!

Watch (and listen to) our firecracker drinks below! My son was brave enough to taste his drink. We used lime sparkling water and 1 tsp cherry Pop Rocks. Though not my favorite tasting drink, it was fun and exciting to make!


Water Bead “Fireworks”

Some might call this a water bead “lava lamp”, but to celebrate July 4th, it is definitely underwater FIREWORKS! To recreate this at your home, fill a container with water. Add water beads. Now, for the firework action, add Alka-Seltzer tablets. Alka-Seltzer contains citric acid and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). So, when you drop the tablet in water, the acid and the baking soda react, producing the fizz. The fizzing bubbles released from the tablets rise to the top of the water, blasting the water beads upwards. The water beads then sink back to the bottom of the container, simulating underwater fireworks.

Waterbead fireworks

Water beads in a large, clear container filled with water

Waterbead fireworks

Add an Alka-Seltzer tablet for underwater fireworks!

Watch our underwater water bead fireworks below:


For even more water bead fun, check out these activities!

Firework Salt Painting

If possible, I recommend this activity for outdoors – the salt part of this activity can get quite messy!

Step 1: Draw a firework picture using Elmer’s glue – use black construction paper for the best firework effect

Elmer's glue sketch

Step 2: Pour salt over the glue, and shake off excess (this is the messy part!)

Salt on Elmer's glue

Step 3: Wait for the glue to dry – place paper in the sun if possible

Step 4: After the glue has hardened, use water colors and paint the salty glue. It is really fun to watch the watercolors spreading on the salt when touching the paintbrush to the surface.

Watercolor process art

Step 5: Let the watercolors dry, and enjoy the beautiful firework paintings!

Watercolor process art



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