On the 4th of July, there's nothing better than grillin' and chillin' with friends. As an adult, you may want nothing more than to eat barbecue and drink sangria until the sun goes down. If you have kids, however, you may need to have some other activities on the agenda. You see, chillin' isn't exactly part of their vocabulary, and you're going to have to use a little more creativity to keep them entertained. This is why you need to have plenty of 4th of July games for kids in your arsenal that will keep your kids from getting bored.
Weather permitting, you can take advantage of the outdoors to let your little ones enjoy classic picnic games like the potato sack race and the bean bag toss. And if you're not afraid of getting a little wet, a game of water balloon baseball can be a fun new twist on America's pastime.
It doesn't have to cost a lot to entertain your kids this 4th of July. You can find most of the materials you need to play these games at your local dollar store. And if you want to keep your kids from melting down while waiting for the fireworks, you may want to try a few.
1. 4th Of July Bingo
Older kids will love this 4th of July Bingo game from Studio DIY. Print the holiday-themed game boards on white card stock and use red, white, or blue candy as game pieces. Just try not to let the kids eat all of the pieces before the game is done.
2. Pin The Stripes On The Flag
Put a patriotic twist on pin the tail on the donkey with this Pin the Stripes on the Flag idea from Real Simple. Cut out stars and stripes and watch your blindfolded little ones have a blast.
3. Potato Sack Race
There's nothing like an old-fashioned potato sack race. Turn your kids loose on the lawn and watch them hop to the finish. Don't have potato sacks? You can use a king-sized pillow case instead.
4. Yard Twister
Your kids will love to bend and stretch themselves while playing this yard twister game idea from Listoic. Use ground marking spray in different colors to create the board without damaging your grass.
5. Backyard Bowling
Turn recycled water or soda bottles into pins to create this backyard bowling game from Listoic. Spray paint a tennis ball in red, white, or blue, and let your little ones go for a strike.
6. Patriotic Scavenger Hunt
Hide flags and stars around your yard to create Better Homes and Gardens' patriotic scavenger hunt. Make an age-appropriate check list with words or pictures and send them on their way. Depending on how well you hide things, you can keep them busy all afternoon.
7. Water Balloon Baseball
Add a fun summertime twist to America's pastime with Real Simple's game of patriotic baseball. Fill red, white, and blue balloons with water and pitch to a batter holding a whiffle bat.
8. Bean Bag Bowl Toss
Make your own fun backyard game for less by creating this DIY bean bag bowl toss Morgan Moore. Use plastic bowls in patriotic colors and let your kids try to toss bean bags into them to score points.
9. Uncle Sam Hat Competition
Your kids can put their artistic skills to use in an Uncle Sam hat competition from Reader's Digest. All you have to do is set up a table with art supplies like glue, scissors, and construction paper. Let your kids design their most creative version of Uncle Sam's signature hat.
10. DIY Ring Toss
If you're feeling handy, you can Mom Endeavors' DIY ring toss a try. With little more than nylon rope, duck tape, and a round wooden panel, you can make a fun outdoor game that even your toddlers can enjoy all summer long.
11. Super-Sized Pickup Sticks
Spray paint bamboo sticks in red, white, and blue to take a classic game to a new level. This super-sized game of pick up sticks from Reader's Digest will put kids to the test as they try to pick up the sticks without touching another one.