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Easy and Fun 4th of July Projects to do with the Kids

by Advance Financial | June 30th, 2016


With parties, parades and fireworks, 4th of July is a holiday that all kids love. Doing easy and fun crafts with your kids this Independence Day will just enhance their experience along with the fun. So to help make this the most patriotic July 4th yet, we have put together a list of easy and fun crafts to do with the little ones in celebration of our nation’s birthday.


Uncle Sam hats


All you’ll need is some red, white and blue construction paper, scissors, glue and a stapler. Have kids draw stars on white paper and then cut them out. Cut a sheet of blue paper in half and loosely wrap around the child’s head to create the base of the hat. This may require two sheets of paper. Once you have the correct size staple both ends of the base together. Cut 6 to 8, 2-inch strips of red paper and create the top of the hat by stapling each piece to the base upright (see image). Let kids glue on the stars they cut out, as well as add additional artwork with markers.


Sidewalk chalk mural


Get some red, white, and blue sidewalk chalk and have your little ones work together to create a huge 4th of July mural. Create an American flag Mural or a group of fireworks shooting off on a street sidewalk or a local park parking lot.


Red white and blue finger painting


What is easier than giving your kids 3 colors of paint and a piece of paper? No tools required for this one. Have kids use their hands to create their own masterpiece of the American flag. For easy clean up make sure and use this paint – finger paint


Firework stamp painting


Paint, paper and an empty toilet paper roll are all you are going to need for this project. Simply cut tiny slits 2 inches long around the end of multiple toilet paper rolls to create a firework stamp. Have kids dip the ends in paint and stamp onto paper. Try layering different colored paint stamps on top of each other to create a multi colored firework painting.


Firework pins


For this craft you will need some colored beads, large safety pins, a glue gun, and thin metal twine. Have your kids thread the beads on the needlepoint of the open safety pens and close the pins once the entire needle is covered with beads. Place safety pins in an outward circle and connect the ends threading the metal twine through the small holes at the end of the safety pin. You should now have a circle of beaded safety pins resembling fireworks. Hot glue another safety pin on the back, horizontally to make it where you can pin the design on a shirt.


Bake something patriotic


Kids love to help in the kitchen. If you are planning a 4th of July party, then a patriotic dessert would be perfect for the kids to help out with. There are tons of receipts for red, white, and blue desserts that you can find online. Here is a link to some of our favorites – Patriotic baking

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Easy and Fun Activities to Entertain Your Kids this Summer

by Advance Financial | June 14th, 2016


Summer is here, and school is out. If you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad your parental duties have just increased substantially. Your title this summer, “The Entertainer.” You can expect your bright-eyed children to be standing at the end of your bed every morning just waiting to be entertained. Yes, you have the option to occasionally loan your kids to the grandparents for the day, but it’s a long summer and your going to need to get creative to survive. To help lessen the stress of keeping your kids engaged, we have created a list of the easiest summer time activities to try with your little ones. Stay strong parents and remember that August is just around the corner.

  • Let your kids write and illustrate their own storybook. And if you really want to commit to this project, create a DIY hardcover book by following the instructions on
  • Campout in your back yard. Set up a campfire and tent or just use your grill to roast hotdogs and marshmallows.
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood or on a nature trail and make a collage of the items you find during the journey.
  • Teach your kids about the art of making money by setting up a lemonade stand.
  • Buy a water balloon kit at Dollar General or Wal-Mart and have a water balloon fight.
  • Make paper boats and then have kids race them in a kiddie pool. Have them use straws to blow the boats to the other side of the pool.
  • Find a sidewalk, get some colored chalk, and let your kids go to town creating a sidewalk mural.
  • Have kids search for unique rocks and then paint them to create rock pets.
  • Create your own Olympics in the backyard with races, hurdles and relays.
  • Make DIY bubbles that are more resilient to popping. Mix 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of glycerin to make huge bubbles that will be harder to pop.
  • Set up an alphabetical scavenger hunt at the park or even in your house where kids have to find one item for every letter in the alphabet.
  • Get some old cardboard boxes and duct tape together and make a castle fort in the backyard.
  • Participate in a local free kid’s workshop. Stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot host kids workshops during the summer and have multiple entertaining hands on activities for them to do.
  • Buy some washable tempera paint and let your kids have a paint war (outside of course). To wash paint off, let them play in the sprinkler for a while.
  • Have a game day where you let your kids be creative and create there own board game.
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