Looking for some kid-friendly ways to amp up any Independence Day party?
Bring on the red, white and blue! The editors of My Kids’ Adventures have scoured the web to find the best ideas for having a blast with your family and friends this 4th of July.
In this article we’ll share our favorite festive foods and adorable ways to decorate and dress up for the Fourth.
We’ll even show you several ways to make fireworks of your own—no gunpowder required!
Why Celebrate the 4th of July?
Nothing says summer like an outdoor party. And what better reason to celebrate with friends and family than the 4th of July?
Independence Day is a national holiday in the U.S., commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Each year, Americans celebrate July 4th with parades, picnics, barbecues, carnivals, concerts, fireworks and more.
How will your family spend the Fourth this year? Chances are, you’ll attend or host some sort of grand celebration. Show your national spirit and perk up your party with some fun and festive 4th of July party ideas below.
Want to try out a new painting technique?
Create the explosive effects of fireworks with this fun and easy art project.
Your one-of-a-kind piece of art will capture a spectacular nighttime display.
In this article I’ll show you how to use a fun, unique technique to paint fireworks in an illuminated city sky.
Why Paint Fireworks?
Fireworks light up the sky with booming excitement. The fantastic display of colors can take your breath away and create quite an experience for the whole family to enjoy.
You sometimes see fireworks at a festival, a ballgame or other special event. Fireworks are a key element to holidays like Chinese New Year or the Fourth of July. If you haven’t experienced fireworks in a while, make it a point to seek them out. Or watch fireworks videos online.
As entertaining as fireworks are, they are over quickly. When the smoke clears, you’re left with an amazing experience and some nice memories. Recreate the fun with your kids and paint your own fireworks!
Do the shapes and colors in nature inspire you to be creative?
Bring your outdoor inspirations inside and create an imaginative paper garden collage with your kids.
In this article I’ll introduce you to Henri Matisse and show you how to use his “painting with scissors” technique to create a garden collage made from paper cutouts that’s inspired by the real gardens you see outdoors.
Why Paint With Scissors?
When creating art, it’s important to use all of the tools and materials available to you and explore your creativity in as many ways as possible.
To “paint with scissors,” a phrase coined by artist Henri Matisse, you cut out shapes, place them into a unique design and then glue them on paper. It may sound simple, but it’s a lot of fun. And the possibilities of what you can create are endless.
Would you like to learn how to make one-of-a-kind decorated eggs that last forever?
You and your family can create your own Fabergé-inspired works of art from real eggs. It’s easy and fun, and the results are beautiful.
In this article I’ll show you how to use authentic Fabergé eggs as the artistic inspiration to decorate your own Fabergé-style egg. First I’ll show you how to hollow out a real egg so your work of art will last forever.
What Are Fabergé Eggs?
These lavish Easter eggs were created by legendary artist and goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. He was the goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court between 1885 and 1916.
Fabergé eggs are also called Imperial eggs since they were created for the Russian Imperial family. The Imperial Easter eggs are regarded as one of Fabergé’s greatest artistic achievements. They are also considered some of the world’s greatest commissions of art.
Want a fun, creative activity with a bonus art history lesson to go along with it?
In this article I’ll share the fascinating history of the illuminated manuscript. Then you and your kids can create a personalized illuminated manuscript of your own.
Why Illuminated Manuscripts?
Before the days of printing presses and mass-produced, full-color books—before the e-reader was even imagined—books were written, decorated and painted by hand, one page at a time, often by monks quietly working for hours upon hours in their monasteries.
They wrote on parchment (a stiff, flat, thin material made from animal skin that was used in ancient and medieval times as a durable writing surface) and included beautifully decorated letters, borders and important scenes, making each book a one-of-a-kind piece of ancient art.
These decorations often included radiant colors accented with gold and silver, creating a glowing, “illuminating” effect that gave these special books their name: illuminated manuscripts.
You and your kids probably don’t have the time (or the quietness) to copy entire books like the monks did, but I’ll show you a simple way to recreate the colorful, glowing, illustrated letters that fill the pages of old.