As kids get older, they learn to love and appreciate the fun that comes along with the 4th of July. The time with family and friends, the tasty BBQ fare, and the mind-blowing fireworks. But if you have toddlers who aren't quite sure what the 4th is all about, it can be hard to keep them preoccupied all day long until the fireworks begin. Most activities are geared towards older kids, making it even harder to stave off bored, cranky toddlers. Having a few special 4th of July games for toddlers, however, will make them feel like one of the big kids and keep you from warding off tantrums.
These games are all fairly simple, and take fun twists on classic "big kid games." Most of them require very little preparation, giving you a chance to focus on all of the other tasks on your to-do list while the little ones stay occupied and entertained. You can enlist the help of an older kid to be the "game master" and keep everyone in line, or you can spread the games out throughout the day to better keep an eye on all of the little athletes. Either way, your 2 to 4 year olds are sure to love being included in the festivities and you might just get to skip the part when they ask "when are the fireworks, mommy?" 10,000 times.