Fun 4th of July Playdough Mats and Independence Day Activities for Kids

Encourage your kids to get creative with hands-on activities this 4th of July with these printable playdough mats.

With nine patriotic designs to choose from, kids will have a blast making their own American flags, fireworks, and more.

Do your kids get excited for the Independence Day celebrations?

How will you be celebrating this year?

4th of July Activities for Kids

It's almost time for the 4th of July!

Get your kids excited for the holiday with these fun 4th of July activities:

1. Fourth of July Parade

Start the celebration early with a 4th of July parade. 

Gather your neighborhood kids and have them decorate their bikes, scooters, or wagons with red, white, and blue streamers. 

Then let them show off their patriotic spirit by leading the way in a mini parade around the block.

2. Fireworks Craft

Let your kids get creative with a fun and easy fireworks craft.

All you need is some black paper, white crayons, and glitter glue.

Help your kids draw fireworks on the black paper, then let them add their own personal touch with the glitter glue.

Or try this fun firework painting activity using paintbrushes made from natural materials.

3. 4th of July Scavenger Hunt

Get your kids moving with a 4th of July scavenger hunt.

Hide red, white, and blue objects around your house or yard and give your kids a list of things to find. 

They'll love the challenge of trying to find all the hidden objects or head out around your neighborhood to find the items on this printable 4th of July scavenger hunt.

4. 4th of July Snacks

Fuel their fun with some festive 4th of July snacks.

Make patriotic pretzels by dipping pretzel rods in melted red and white candy melts.

Make these gorgeous patriotic cupcakes or let them help you decorate sugar cookies with red, white, and blue icing.

Pick one or several of these ideas to make your Independence Day one to remember.

5. 4th of July Playdough Mats

To help make planning your day even easier, use these 4th of July playdough mats with your kids.

They'll love being creative and decorating the nine different festive playdough designs.

Patriotic Playdough Mats

Printable playdough mats are a quick and easy activity for the 4th of July.

Simply print out the mats, and let the kids have fun exploring with playdough.

The patriotic mats can also be used for other patriotic holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day. 

These Fourth of July mats are great for fine motor skills, and for working on colours and patterns.

Not to mention they're just plain old fun!

What you need:


Just print out the mats on heavy paper or laminate for durability, and provide some red, white, and blue playdough.

You can add other manipulatives too.

Your kids will be entertained for hours!

There are nine different playdough mats, each with a different patriotic design.

Choose one or print them all out and let the kids mix and match.

The designs include:
  • A patriotic popsicle
  • Top hat
  • American flag
  • All American hotdog
  • Fireworks
  • Red, white, & blue balloons
  • Festive banner & more!

The mats can also be used with other manipulatives like buttons, beads, pom poms, etc.

Add some googly eyes to the popsicle for a silly face, or use beads to make patterns on the American flag.

There's no shortage of fun ways to decorate the mats. So print them out and enjoy some patriotic playtime with your kids!

No matter what you choose to do to celebrate Independence Day, your kids are sure to have a blast.

So get out there and enjoy the holiday with your family!

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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