4th of July Preschool, Kindergarten, and Daycare Crafts, Activities, Games, and Printables

4th of July activities, crafts, and games for preschool and kindergarten

The Fourth of July is here. It's a time for family and friends to gather for barbecues and fireworks displays and to honor the courage and faith of our founding fathers. It's time to paint the sky RED, WHITE, and BLUE, and we have just the crafts and activity ideas to help make your Fourth of July a spectacular celebration. Join the Independence Day parade--make some of our patriotic craft ideas and learn about the American Flag.

Samples of our 4th of July crafts, activities, games, and printables available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:


4th of July Crown
America's Shining Stars Craft
4th of July American Flag Coasters

Activities and Lessons

Don't Get Stung! /St/ Consonant Blend Game
A is for America Literacy Activity
4th of July Activities and Resources


4th of July Pin the Star on Uncle Sam Game
Patriotic Stars Word Families
4th of July Uncle Sam Coloring Game

Booklets and Other

4th of July Snacks and Recipes
4th of July Symbols of America
4th of July Pledge of Allegiance


Fireworks Tracing
4th of July Connect the Dots
4th of July Uncle Sam Color by Letter



Free Fourth of July Activities, Crafts, and Printables

4th of July Centers

Red, White and Blue Sensory Bin
Place different items with the colors red, white, and blue in your sensory bin. Let children sort the items by colors.

Fine Motor Skills
Fill a small tub with rice. Hide some small red, white, and blue pom-poms and some felt stars in the rice. Let children use tweezers to find and pick out the items.

Play Dough Center
Provide red, white, and blue play dough and some felt stars. Print out an American flag picture and laminate. Let children place the play dough on top of the picture.

Red, White, and Blue Activities

Colors in the Flag
Talk about the American flag and the colors that are in the flag. The stripes are red and white, the stars are white, and the rectangle is blue. 

Stars and Stripes
Supply children with red and white paint and white star stickers. Cut a sponge in to small squares and poke a plastic fork inside. Draw a rectangle to the top left corner of a blue craft paper. Let children use the sponges to create red/white stripes on the blue craft paper. Last, let them glue the stars to the inside of the blue rectangle.

Stars Cookie Cutter Art
Put a small amount of red and blue tempera paint on a paper plate. Demonstrate to children how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a star print. 

Stars Sequencing by Size
Cut out many different sizes of white stars. Ask children to line up the stars from largest to smallest. 

4th of July Fireworks Activities

Every 4th of July celebration needs a fireworks. Ask students about their experiences with fireworks and what sounds they make. Pretend to set off fireworks and make all the explosive noises that go along with them. Pretend to set off giant ones (loud) and small ones and wave imaginary sparklers around.

Firework Artwork
Place different light colors of paint with added glitter on paper plates. Let children use different brushes to dip inside the paint and then press on a black craft paper to make fireworks.

Firework Artwork 
Have children drop different colored paint on black craft paper. Let them use a craft stick or the back of a brush to swirl or burst the paint out from the middle. Demonstrate how to overlap the different colors. When dry, add glue to the firework designs. Next, sprinkle glitter onto the wet glue to finish your very own fireworks.

Fireworks in the Sky
Original Author Unknown
(Tune: Row , Row, Row Your Boat)

Boom, crack, whistle, pop!
Fireworks in the sky.
See them lighting up the night,
On the Fourth of July.
Red, blue, gold, and green,
With fireworks we say,
Happy Birthday, America,
It's Independence Day! 

On Independence Day
(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Fireworks go snap, snap, snap!
Crack, crack, crack!
Zap, zap, zap!
Fireworks make me clap, clap, clap
On Independence Day!

The American Flag Activities

This 4th of July teach your Kids the American Flag Symbols:

The stripes represent the 13 original colonies. The 50 stars represent the number of states.

The colors of the flag have meaning as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor. White symbolizes Purity and Innocence. Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice.

American Flag Artwork
Print a b/w version of the American flag. Provide children with red, white, and blue craft paper. Let children tear the paper into small pieces and glue them on the paper to create the American flag.

Fold a Flag
Fold a Flag Take a flag and teach children the correct way to fold and store a flag.

Flag Puzzle 
Give children a picture of an American flag and cut apart. Have children put the flag back together.

Flag Code - How to Treat an American Flag

Way up in the Sky
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Hold it very high.
Watch the colors gently wave,
Way up in the sky.

March, march, march around,
Hold the flag up high.
Wave, wave, wave the flag,
Way up in the sky.

Proper Display of the American Flag

  • The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. If the flag is displayed at night, it should be illuminated.
  • Never allow the flag to touch the ground or the floor.
  • The flag should be raised quickly.
  • To store the flag, it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should be cleaned and repaired when necessary.
  • When a flag is so worn that it doesn't look presentable anymore, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
  • The flag is flown at half-staff to show respect for someone who has died.

Flags Matching Game
Print pictures of the different flags of the world. Make two copies of each and glue each flag to an index card. Teach children the flags from five different countries, per example (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico). Let children find and match the different flags.

The American Flag facts American Flag puzzle pledge of allegiance printables Statue of Liberty coloring American flag coloring page

American Flag Puzzle

Pledge of Allegiance

Teach your students the pledge of allegiance and the correct way to salute a flag. Explain what the importance of all the words are and why students should the flag should be treated with respect. 

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

4th of July craft
4th of July activities and games
4th of July rhymes and songs
American Symbols
4th of July snacks
4th of July Book Suggestion and Other 4th of July Resources

A is for America by Devin Scillian This alphabet book explains much of America?s history.

Hurray for the Fourth of July by Wendy Watson


Proud to be an American - coloring page

What Is a Flag?- writing activity



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