Paper Firecrackers


Looking for a fun 4th of July themed project you can easily make with your kids? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than these Paper Fireworks!

Print and color these Paper Fireworks with your kids! You'll be having fun within minutes! This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience and to assist in the maintenance of this site.

Paper Fireworks


  • Paper Fireworks Free Printable
  • Colors/Scissors/Tape
  • Streamers (I used a small strip of Oly-Fun)
  • Straw

Step One. Print out the Paper Fireworks Free Printable on regular printer paper. I made most of the designs somewhat generic just in case you want to make these all Summer long. Also included a blank one just in case any of your kids really want to customize it!

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Worksheet Step Two. Have your kids color in the designs they want. As I mentioned above, I left the majority of the printable neutral enough to use year round!

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Color Step Three. Cut a strip of Oly-Fun (or any other light material) into fringe and tape in place at the bottom of the paper firecracker.

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Streamers Step Four. Fold paper in half and tape edges shut. You’re going to want to make sure everything is pretty airtight or your firework might be a dud!

Paper Fireworks Free Printable - Done! Happy 4th of July!

All that’s left to do is slip the paper firecracker over a straw and blow! The paper will fly through the air to the sounds of glee from your kids! My boys had so much fun with these that they wanted to make a few custom ones to look like rockets. They were entertained for at least half an hour (which is a lifetime when it comes to little kids!) This would be a great project for a bored afternoon, rainy day inside, or even at a 4th of July party to entertain the kids. Hope you all enjoy!

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DIY Paper Camera for Kids


As many of you know we are honored to work with Michaels as part of the Michaels Makers. Michaels is offering a kids’ summer crafting program, Passport to Imagination, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – noon from June 14-July 31 at every Michaels location across the U.S.  Passport to Imagination takes kids on an imaginary seven-week summer road trip from the beach to main street and more! We were excited to join in celebrating Main Street Week. Main Street USA reminds me of fun street shops and great photo opportunities with family.  My girls are always wanting to take pictures and would love to have a camera of their own.  I decided to make DIY Paper Cameras with them and we even added some pictures that they could stick inside so it feels like they are taking real pictures.   To start you will need to download a Paper Camera Template. I found this template online but could never find a source. I pulled it into Photoshop and [Read More…]

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America Books for Kids

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  America A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney Smart About the Fifty States   L is for Liberty by Wendy Lewison The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing O, Say Can You See?  by Sheila Keenan So You Want to Be President?   The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates The Flag we Love by Pam Munoz Ryan The Pledge of Allegiance We the Kids by David Catrow The Story of the Statue of Liberty This Land is Your Land   Pin It

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Wooden Stars


This post is sponsored by Macmillan. Post may contain affiliate links. A few years ago these wooden stars appeared in my Old Glory post and many people asked where they came from. Inspired by the upcoming 4th of July holiday and my latest read, Blueprints, about a mother-daughter carpenter pair, I decided to share a tutorial for them. My mom had made them for me many years ago and I didn’t have a pattern for them. But with the help of my math genius husband, it took a while to figure all of the angles out, we have the instructions for you today! You’ll need a length of 1×3″ pine to begin with. Using a compound miter saw cut them to the lengths and angles below. I drew a picture because I knew there was no way I could explain the lengths and angles just by using words. Use a brad nailer to nail them together. Here’s a tricky angle. [Read More…]

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Patriotic Kids Activities and Printables

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To kick off our Patriotic Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more! Activities Cupcake Liner Fireworks from A Little Pinch of Perfect Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch from KIX Rocket Garland from Alpha Mom Fireworks in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child Mosaic Flag from Cutting Tiny Bites Patriotic Bike Flags from The Crafting Chicks Paper Lanterns from The Crafting Chicks Tips for fireworks photography from The Crafting Chicks Printables Don’t Eat My Star from The Crafting Chicks Coloring Pages from Kids Activities Blog USA Map and Bingo from 30 Handmade Days Color by Number from Itsy Bitsy Fun God Bless the USA from Kiki and Company Happy Birthday America from Best Activities for Kids Subway Art from The Crafting Chicks USA Flag printable from Ink Happi Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We [Read More…]

Fancy Lemonade Stand

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Sharing inspiration for a fancy summertime lemonade stand.  Each summer…my kids love to set up a lemonade stand.  This year my girls want to donate to a local children’s hospital…and that makes my heart happy.  So in preparation for the big day…we made the cutest, fanciest lemonade stand decor, with the help from Heidi Swapp’s Minc machine.  The gold, teal, and pink foil make it pop, and so pretty! Below are details of how we decorated our stand! I used these Letters from Heidi Swapp.   They are ready to go…just add the foil.  Here is a tutorial on how you use the machine that we posted last month.  I ran the letters through the machine with teal, pink and gold foil.  I taped each letter to a string of yellow and white twine to make the word “LEMONADE.” I printed (on a laser printer), two signs…one for the treats, and one for the lemonade.  I added gold and teal [Read More…]

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Rainforest Week Recap

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We started Rain Forest Week off with a round up of favorite activities and crafts from around the web. Rainforest Activities & Crafts And then pulled together 10 Rainforest themed books for kids. Rainforest Books Jamie kicked the week off with these fun Rainforest in a Jar crafts. Rainforest in a Jar Valerie from Occasionally Crafty guest posted and taught us how to make rainforest animals with chalk pastels. Chalk Pastel Rainforest Animals To end our week Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous share these cute Monkey Banana Muffins. Monkey Banana Muffins The other 11 weeks of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Series can be found here. Pin It

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Patriotic Popcorn Favors

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Patriotic Popcorn Favors – homemade popcorn recipe served in red, white and blue containers.  Great for parties or just a movie night with the family. Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete.  I can’t believe we are already in the swing of summer!  Today I am sharing these adorable Patriotic Popcorn Favors.  I just love making my own popcorn at home.  The flavors are amazing and it is super simple to make.  Plus, homemade popcorn is much better for you.  Store bought popcorn often use unhealthy fat and is loaded with sodium.  This homemade popcorn has just three ingredients and you know exactly what is in the popcorn.  I thought it would be fun to put homemade popcorn into cute red, white and blue patriotic favors.  It’s a fun surprise for family and friends when they come over to celebrate the holidays and summertime. Let’s make the favors first. What you’ll need to make the favors: Fry box Washi tape Star cork [Read More…]

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Rainforest Week Giveaway


We’re wrapping up Rainforest Week with a giveaway. Since we can’t send you to the Amazon (but how cool would that be!) we’re bringing the rainforest to your backyard! The Banzai Rainforest Adventure Pool has built in sprinklers and a ring toss game to keep your little adventurers busy. Big thanks to and for joining us this week. Here are all of our rainforest posts, in case you missed any: Rainforest Chalk Pastel Art Rainforest in a Jar Rainforest Activities & Printables Rainforest Books Monkey Banana Muffins     BONZAI RAIN FOREST ADVENTURE POOL Pin It

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Monkey Banana Muffins

Monkey Banana Muffins

Hi! I’m Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous® and I’m happy to be here to share a quick easy food craft with you today as part of the Chicks’ fun Summer Series! {love those girls!!} The theme is Rainforest and every time I think of a rain forest, I think of Monkeys! So I made these easy Monkey Banana Muffins as a fun treat for your littles. These delicious little monkeys not only look cute, but they’re fun to eat! My 2 boys {ages 4 and 6} were my taste testers and they loved them! So these muffins are kid-approved. Notice: I gave them all hair-do’s! 😉 How to Make Monkey Banana Muffins Ingredients: Banana Break Mix {yes, I went the easy route!} Cupcake liners Vanilla wafers {2 per monkey} Black Gel Icing Chocolate Frosting Small Black Candies {2 per monkey} Yep, I used a banana bread mix! Don’t shoot me! But you can use your favorite banana bread recipe and cook [Read More…]

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