4th of July game ideas to celebrate Independence Day. The following games and activities are designed to be easy to set up, for a variety of age groups and are perfect if you are having a 4th of July party.
U.S. History Trivia
This is a good 4th of July game for the older kids. Gather together lots of facts about US history and split the kids into teams. Each team can be named after a famous US sportsman, politician or monument or the kids can make up their own names. Issue each team with a bell or buzzer and a star chart pinned on the wall. Then fire away with the questions.
As soon as a team thinks they know the answer then they must ring their bell. A correct answer gets a star which they place on their chart. An incorrect answer allows the other team to have a go and they get double stars for a correct answer. If they get it wrong then no stars are scored.
Top Tip: Don't make the questions too difficult as otherwise the kids get nervous or bored and the game is not fun.
Place the Flag
Split the kids into teams and stand them at one end of the playing area. At the other end, suspend a large piece of florists foam and form a tree or pole – one for each team.
Issue each child with a small US flag and on the word 'Go', a team member must grab his flag, run up to the florists foam and place his flag in the foam. He then runs back to base and another team member goes. If a flag falls out the team member must return to put it in. The first team to place all their flags is the winner.
Pin The Hat On Uncle Sam
Using strong craft paper, make a template of a top hat and cut out one for each guest. On a larger sheet of paper, draw a picture of Uncle Sam, minus the hat. Let each child decorate his top hat and then blindfolded, he has to pin it on Uncle Sam's head. The child who gets the closest is the winner.
Mini 4th of July Olympic Games
If the weather is not wet, this is perfect for getting everyone outside and you can include the adults as well. Think up all the traditional and not so traditional games such as baseball, toss the water balloon, crazy golf, relay race etc.
Divide into teams and issue each team member with a red, white or blue bandanna. Every game won, entitles the team to a flag which they place in a plant pot. At the end of the 'July 4th Olympic Games', the team with the most flags wins and if you like, you can present the winners of this 4th of July game with a trophy or individual medals.
Building The Statue Of Liberty
This is one of those 4th of July game that needs a bit of preparation in advance.
Collect some children's building blocks and construct a rectangular shape that is roughly the same dimensions as a piece of A4 or A3 paper.
Tip: lay the paper on the floor first and then lay your blocks on it.
Print off on A4/A3 paper a picture of the Statue of Liberty, making sure the picture fills the paper as much as possible. You will need one picture and one set of building blocks for each team. Mark the paper into squares that are the same size as your building blocks. Carefully cut out each square and glue or scotch tape each square to one side of each block.
Divide the kids into teams and give each team a set of the blocks. On the whistle blow, they have to reconstruct the Statue of Liberty. It is harder than you think! First team to finish wins.
You will need: Black craft paper, ready mixed water based paint, teaspoons, straws, glitter, lots of tissues and cloths for cleaning up
In advance cover the painting area with old newspaper and make up the paint in bowls. Give each child a large piece of black craft paper and a straw. Place one small teaspoonful of paint on the paper and then the child needs to blow through the straw and onto the paint so that the paint splatters and spreads. Repeat with different colors so that you get a star burst effect. Allow to dry and then pin up their art work for the world to see.
Note: This 4th of July activity is not really suited to the under 4 year old as they may suck up the paint.
Uncle Sam's Hat
In advance make top hats out of strong white craft paper. Check out the video below for some easy instructions. Issue one hat to each child and get them to decorate them using red and blue paint, marker pens, stickers and any other craft bits and bobs that you have around the house. You could award a small prize for the 'most creative', 'most colorful', 'most decorative' etc ensuring that all the kids receive a prize.
Cool Kids need a cool head when doing all these 4th of July game ideas and activities and these easy decorated visors are just what they need.
You will need: Plain plastic Visor (preferably red, white or blue), Ready to stick foam pieces, Glue
Give each child a visor and let their imagination run riot with the foam pieces. They could either glue on letters for their name, colored stripes for the US flag or just do something abstract.
4th of July Party 'Wheely' Parade
Ask the guests to bring something with wheels such as carts, wagons, bikes, scooters plus drums and tambourines and any noise makers. Provide them with lots of streamers, balloons, flags and whatever else you want and get the kids to decorate their wheeled items like "floats". Then do a walk around the neighborhood and give a small prize for the best float.
4th of July Parade Stick
You will need: Doweling baton, Glue Stick, Red, White and Blue Crepe Paper Streamers, Scotch Tape, Scissors
In advance, paint the batons white or get the kids to cover them in white crepe paper. Make sure it is well stuck down, especially round the bottom where sticky hands will be holding them. Using strips of red crepe paper, wrap them diagonally round the baton starting from the top. Cut several lengths of blue crepe paper. Secure the blue strips to one end of the baton and there you have a perfect parade stick.
The kids will be wanting to play these 4th of July game ideas and activities everyday.