The Fourth of July is almost here and it is a time filled with celebration and festivities for the whole family. There are many fun activities to do during the day and exciting firework displays to enjoy at night.
Daytime Activity: Create a Holiday Themed Sensory Bin
A fun yet simple and affordable activity that can be done with your little ones is creating a red, white and blue rice sensory bin. It’s a quick and easy interactive creation that will last well beyond the holidays for multiple uses. This will be a hit with kids as they love sifting the rice through their hands and will be able to make designs or patterns with the different colored rice. All it takes is a few ingredients:
- 1 bag of white rice
- 1/2 teaspoon of water
- 1/8 teaspoon of red and blue food coloring
- Zip lock bag
- Storage Bin (optional)
Once you have all of the ingredients, mix a cup of rice and one teaspoon of water into a zip lock bag. Next you will pour in 1/8 teaspoon of food coloring and squeeze or shake the bag to mix the colors and distribute it to all of the rice in the bag until they are the desired color. For this project you will do one bag of red food coloring, or more depending on how much rice you would like to make, and one of blue. After this, you will put some paper towels on a cookie sheet and dump the rice on top in order for it to dry. This drying process will take up to a few hours before it is completely dry.
As soon as the rice is dried up you will be able to dump them in a storage bin together and it will be a fun mixture of red, white and blue for your kiddos to sift through. This sensory bin also has many cognitive benefits as Lumiere Children’s Therapy states how it can help with: fine motor skills, language development, sensory exploration, play skills, and cognitive task. It can be a great activity to help teach different colors, allow for children to learn how to cooperatively play together in the bin, and explore the many different senses as they sort through the bin.
The colored rice can be utilized for children of many ages as well. While the little ones are playing in the sensory bin, older kids can use the colored rice to make festive designs such as the USA flag or other fun shapes. While they enjoy the activity you can step aside and enjoy festivities with friends and family while keeping an eye on them through your Motorola baby monitor.
Nighttime Activity: Fireworks!
You can’t think of the Fourth of July without fireworks! Once you’re a new parent you may wonder if these fireworks are safe to bring your baby to, if they even stay awake long enough for them to begin.
When experts are asked about the safety of children and fireworks, the main piece of advice is to leave them to the professionals. Fireworks can either be very exciting or very scary for children due to the bright colors and loud noises.
In regards to safety, going to view professional fireworks are acceptable to do with your baby, but you will want to make sure to keep a safe distance away as to not make it too loud for them. Extra precautions can also be taken if you are worried about sound and the loud noises that will occur. If they are asleep and you are watching in your backyard, you can keep an eye on them with your Motorola baby monitor. If they are awake and with you, earmuffs can be worn to eliminate the intense sound and let your baby simply enjoy the exciting view.
If you are planning to do fireworks at home, remember to keep children away and to follow safety measures to keep everyone out of harm’s way. A common misconception is that sparklers are a safer alternative for Fourth of July fun, but these can be very dangerous for children, and Corey Slovis, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine states that “children absolutely should not handle them.”
Enjoy Your Holiday Festivities as a Family
There are many ways to have fun with the whole family on the Fourth of July and include your little ones in the festivities. Whether it’s daytime sensory fun or the spectacular sights of the fireworks, enjoy your holiday together with those who matter most.
*Sensory bin recipe provided by https://www.forkandbeans.com/2019/02/19/rainbow-rice/