With summer’s sweet arrival, and the coming of a fun patriotic-filled holiday, are you looking for some special treats that are red, white, and delicious? Well, you’re in the right place! You won’t want to miss these food crafts for the 4th of July- they are impossibly quick and easy for you and your kids to make!
While it’s not the only ingredient in these recipes, all 3 of these food crafts involve fruit, so if you are interested in making all of them, it's a very easy shopping list! Plus, things like crackers and cheese may already be in your kitchen, which is even better, right?
Not to mention that these 4th of July food crafts for kids are healthy, which is a bonus, if you ask me (although you are allowed to enjoy them, too)!
4th of July Fruit Sparklers
Fruit Sparklers are so simple, cute, and delicious. Just looking at them makes you think about the 4th of July! They take only a few minutes to put together. You can display them in a jar for a quick home treat or lay them out on a tray for a picnic.
Fruit Sparklers Supplies
- Bamboo Skewers
- Small Star-shaped Cookie Cutter (it really gives this food craft its pop of festiveness)
- Jar, Pan, or Tray (the place to put the Sparklers when once they are assembled)
How to Make Fruit Sparklers
- Cut the watermelon into 1-inch slices, then take the cookie cutter and cut out stars. The kids can help with this. It is amazingly easy and satisfying- the stars pop right out!
- Have the kids put a watermelon star on top, followed by two blueberries. Depending on the length of your skewer, you can repeat this 2-3 times per skewer.
- Enjoy! Yes, that’s it. Super easy, quick, CUTE, and tasty!
4th of July Fruit and Yogurt Bark
This fruit and yogurt bark is so simple, even your smallest child could help! While it does need a bit of time in the freezer to harden, it really only takes minutes to put this one together.
4th of July Fruit and Yogurt Bark Supplies
- Red fruit of your choice- strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon are great for this. While this is not pictured below, you could also use shreds of coconut (it’s not red, but it would still be a fun addition) or pomegranate seeds.
- Blueberries and/or blackberries give this a touch of blue.
- A tub of white yogurt- really, any white yogurt will do. I used SO Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla yogurt. This can was 24oz. and filled up a 9”x13” pan perfectly.
- 9”x13” pan- although, you can use whatever you have on hand. This size worked perfectly with the amount of yogurt suggested. So, if you have a different size, you can adjust the amount of yogurt.
- Wax or parchment paper.
- OPTIONAL star-shaped cookie cutter- this just adds a bit more of a festive feel.
How to Make the 4th of July Fruit and Yogurt Bark
- Cover the bottom of the pan with wax or parchment paper.
- Pour the yogurt onto the wax or parchment paper. You can move the pan back and forth to get the whole pan covered. The kids can help with this.
- Another step that is easy (and fun) for the kids to do is to decorate with fruit. You can drop the fruit randomly or make a design, like a flag.
- Put the pan in the freezer to harden. This can take an hour or two.
- Before serving, see if you need to thaw it a little before cutting (you may or may not).
- Cut, serve, and enjoy!
Kid-Friendly 4th of July Charcuterie Board
The final food craft for kids is a kid-friendly charcuterie board. Charcuterie boards have been appearing all over the place lately! The nice thing about these? They are very adaptable!
Got a kid who only likes one kind of cheese? Great! Put that one kind of cheese on the board. Got another kid who is obsessed with fruit? Perfect! Fill that board (or pan or tray- another adaptable component of this food craft) with patriotic-colored fruits. A kid who is unsure if she likes pepperoni (but you love it)? Put it on there and let her try it to see if she likes it. Seriously, have fun with this!
This is one where you can mix your colors up OR you can make a flag for- you guessed it- the 4th of July!
Kid-Friendly 4th of July Charcuterie Board Supplies
- A Board, Pan, or Tray
- Red, White, and Blue Foods
*Strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and even peeled/sliced apples (soaked in a bit of lemon juice to preserve the white color) are terrific fruit choices for this.
*Pepperoni, cheese (white cheese is most fitting, but sometimes you have to go with whatever the kids will eat), club crackers, and marshmallows make great additions to this board, as well. I ran out of room on mine, but popcorn could also work for your white!
3. OPTIONAL star-shaped cookie cutter.
How to Make a Kid-Friendly 4th of July Charcuterie Board
- Go ahead and have more fun with the star-shaped watermelon pieces, if you choose.
- Put the foods in any order you want. You can keep the fruit and the cheese(s)/pepperoni/crackers on two different sides or you can intertwine them. In this case, I chose to make a flag design, while keeping the fruits together and the salty foods together. As an added bit of fun, you can sprinkle small marshmallows (or cut up the big marshmallows, if that’s what you have) to look like the stars on the blue fruit.
This project honestly took the longest time, which was a whole 7 minutes! The other two projects took 5 minutes each. The only reason this took a bit longer was there were so many choices for how to arrange the board.
These 4th of July food crafts are kid friendly, quick, easy, and festive! They only take minutes each to prepare, and even though they share similar ingredients, all 3 of them are delicious in their own way. You will definitely enjoy making (and eating) these recipes with your kids… and they will probably ask for more!
When should you make these food crafts?
Since all 3 of these food crafts involve fresh fruit, it is best to make them the day you plan to use them. At most, you could probably prepare these a day or two in advance. The fruit and yogurt bark might last a little longer, since it is frozen.
How should you serve these food crafts?
- The Fruit Sparklers could be displayed in a jar or laid out flat on a tray.
- The 4th of July Fruit and Yogurt Bark can be cut and left on the tray or pan. Keep in mind that it is frozen and may begin to melt if left out for a while. If you keep the pieces separate, they will be easier to handle.
- The Kid-Friendly 4th of July Charcuterie Board can be left on the board/tray/pan and served with tongs or a fork.
How To Make 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats?
In a microwave safe bowl take 2 cups of mini marshmallows and 1 tbsp. butter, heat them until smooth. Take the bowl out and add 4-5 drops of blue food coloring. Mix until you get an even shade of blue throughout the mixture. Add 2 cups of rice krispies to the bowl and mix well.
Repeat the above procedure twice, once using red food coloring and once without any food color. Once all 3 mixtures are ready, in a baking dish layer them one by one with the colorless layer in the middle. Refrigerate for at least one hour until all layers harden up. Once hardened, cut in equal parts and serve.
How to make 4th of July slime?
In a bowl combine clear glue and water and stir thoroughly. Add glitter, baking soda and red food coloring. Add saline solution and mix. Repeat the same twice, once with blue food coloring and once without any color. Combine all 3 and your 4th of July slime is ready!