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June 29, 2020

Fun Ideas for a Unique Independence Day

We may not have fireworks this year, but we can still have fun this 4th of July. These kid-friendly recipes and activities are a great way to celebrate our independence right at home with family and friends—at a safe distance, of course!

RED, WHITE, AND BLUEBERRIES

Take a break from the summer heat with these fun, fruit-filled popsicles. Making them is as easy as one, two, freeze!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Popsicle molds (or a bread pan)
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

Pour the pudding into popsicle molds (or a bread pan) with chunks of fruit. Do not overfill. Add the popsicle sticks before putting in the freezer. Note: If preparing in a bread pan, use a knife to slice up the popsicles when they are ready to serve.

ALL-AMERICAN LEMONADE

When life gives us lemons during Covid-19, make lemonade! This recipe is simple to make right before a backyard barbecue.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Berries and fresh mint leaves

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely. In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups sugar syrup, and 4 cups cold water (add remaining sugar syrup to adjust sweetness, if desired). Refrigerate until chilled. Pour into glasses with berries, fresh mint leaves, and sliced lemons and serve.

STARS AND STRIPES

Transform leftover popsicle sticks into patriotic decorations for your yard, front door, and more!

What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Red, white, and blue craft paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Sequins or glitter
  • Twine or raffia

Instructions:

Divide the popsicle sticks into 3 sets and paint each set red, white, or blue. Be sure to paint the front and back of each popsicle stick. Shape 5 popsicle sticks to form a star. Make sure that you weave your sticks as you go for layered visual interest. Glue the sticks together. Cut the tissue paper into thin strips and apply to the back of each star to make streamers. Finish each star with sequin or glitter for extra patriotic flair. Use twine or raffia to hang your stars up around the house, on your front door, or use as outdoor decorations!

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Easter Cookies

Easter Activities for Kids

April 15, 2014

After the observance, Easter is a time of family reunions, traditional foods, and creating new memories while reminiscing and reflecting. While the adults are setting the tables and catching up with the past year’s events, the kids impatiently await the first course to arrive so they can finally dig in. This year, keep the younger crowd calm while partaking in some festive fun with Easter activities for kids!

Easter Activities for Kids

Set up a separate crafting and activity station to keep all the kids settled in one place. Prepare the area with smocks if necessary; Cover with festive wrapping paper to not only protect the table but to also dress up the space. Here are some suggestions for simple yet fun Easter activities for kids; be sure to set out all the supplies and ingredients they may need before the event so they can enjoy the day while the adults catch up and play!

Don’t forget to check out our Easy Easter Decorating Ideas for some simple and festive ways to spruce up your space!

Easter Egg Decorating

Prepare a few dozen hardboiled eggs for kids to decorate. For less mess, skip the paints and dyes and instead provide kids with permanent markers in various colors so they can draw designs or even just bedazzle the eggs with their names. Other mess-free suggestions include festive stickers and glitter pens.

Easter Activity BoxEaster activity box

This festive activity box for Easter is filled with festive treats and activities to keep children of all ages occupied. The best part? This activity box comes complete with sweets, crayons, and even an adorable paddle ball, all packaged in a ready-to-color box, essentially doing the prep work for you. At the end of the party, kids can then pack all of their goodies and creations into the activity for a creative party favor container!

Easter Cookie Decorating Station

The only thing better than decorating eggs is decorating buttercream cookie eggs! Set up a cookie decorating station for kids to unleash their sweet tooth dreams. Our Easter Cutout Cookie Decorating Kit comes with unfrosted Cheryl’s famous cutout cookies, butter cream frosting, and festive sprinkles for some seriously sweet fun! Want to keep the cookie fun going year-round? Surprise someone special with our Frosted Cookie Club, and for a limited time get 6 Buttercream Chick Cookies free with subscription!

Here are some aww-inspiring photos of our Easter activities for kids in action:

Easter Activities for Kids

An artist-in-training works diligently on her cookie creation.

Easter Activities for Kids

Easter Activities for Kids

The perfect sprinkles placement requires extreme concentration.

Easter Activities for Kids

A cookie artist shows off her work…

Easter Activities for Kids

…and then devours it!

Easter Activities for Kids

The kids then channel their inner artists with an Easter activity box.
Easter Activities for KidsOnce they are finished, it’s time to show off those masterpieces!

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