4th of July Preschool Art

Stars and Stripes Collage


Blue construction paper

Red and white construction paper cut into 1″ strips

Silver star stickers



Set out all of the materials and let the children create!

Stars and Stripes Sponge Painting


Red and blue tempra paint

Sponges cut into stars and and long strips

White construction paper


Let the children make sponge prints on the white paper with the red and blue paint.

Red White and Blue Puffy Paint Pictures





Red and blue food color

Empty mustard squeeze bottles



1. Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water to make the puffy paint.

2. Divide mixture into three different bowls and color one bowl of mixture blue, one bowl red, and leave the last one white.

3. Fill the mustard squeeze bottles with the mixture (one color per squeeze bottle).

4. Let the children squeeze the different colors onto the cardboard.

5. Allow the children’s artwork to dry. When it is dry, the design will be raised and will sparkle!

Red White and Blue Salt Jars


Empty baby food jars with lids

9 cups Rock Salt

Red and blue food color

1/2 Cup rubbing alcohol



1. To make the colored rock salt: Measure 3 cups of rock salt to be blue, 3 cups to be white and 3 cups to be red and place each in 3 separate bowls.

2. Combine 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1/2 a bottle or more of red food coloring (you want the color to be bright). Do the same for the blue food coloring.

3. Mix the red alcohol mixture into one of the bowls of rock salt. Mix well and let sit for about 1 minute. Drain the excess alcohol mixture off of the rock salt. (WARNING: This will smell pretty yucky!) Spread the colored rock salt on cookie sheets and set outside in the sun to dry (this will take only an hour or so). Repeat the same procedure for the blue food coloring.

4. Do nothing with the remaining rock salt because you want it to stay white.

Activity For The Children

1. Once the different colors of salt are dry, place them on a table with spoons and  baby food jars.

2. Guide the children to spoon the colored rock salt into their jars.

3. Seal the children’s creation with the lids.



  • Kathy January 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Decorate oatmeal boxes for use as percussion instruments. Read a preschool July 4th book, or a parade themed book (Pippa at the Parade is a good preschool example). Then stage your own preschool parade.

  • daym June 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Pom Pom Fireworks

    This is sooooooooooooooo easy and fun.

    You will need spring clothespins, pom poms, paper, and paint.

    Attach a pom pom to a clothespin. Dip the pom pom in paint. Splatter away!!

    Use different sizes of pom poms to see what different kinds of fireworks you can create!

  • meme June 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I like to make handprint flags with my class. it’s so easy, too!! It’s a two day process.

    Day 1: Each child will receive a large white piece of paper. Have them dip their hand in blue paint and stamp it in the upper left corner (the stars). Let dry.

    Day 2: Let the children paint red stripes on the paper. Let dry.

    Voila!!!! A cool flag!! You could do this for all the Patriotic Days.

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