Help your littles celebrate Independence Day — or any sunny day — with fun games, star-spangled treats, and easy conversation starters.
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Father and son enjoying a day at the beach
Credit: Don Diaz

Fun in the Sun

Make happy memories with a family day at the beach, in a park, or in your own backyard. Read on for easy ideas for games, activities, and foods that bring the fun on the 4th of July or any sunny summer day.

Get Moving with Games

Family playing ring toss game at the beach
Credit: Don Diaz

Ring Toss: Bend glow necklaces into circles and secure with masking tape to make rings. (Or use small embroidery hoops or bangle bracelets.) Toss rings over water-filled bottles to see who can get the most ringers. Use reusable water bottles or raid the recycling bin!

Hula Hoop Long Jump: Lay a hula hoop on the ground and see who can jump entirely over it.

Beach Ball Volleyball: No net required! Use a jump rope, chalk, sticks, or stones to mark a line on the ground to serve as your imaginary net. Pick a side and see which team can keep the beach ball in the air the longest.

Boost Brain Power with a Q & A

  • How many stripes are on the United States flag?
  • Can you think of a recipe for a red, white, and blue breakfast?
  • What’s your favorite July 4th tradition?
  • If you were designing a parade float for the 4th, what would it look like?

Easy Star-Spangled Treats

Stars and Stripes fruit wands with berries and watermelon
Credit: Victor Protasio

Stars-and-Stripes Fruit Wands: Use a small star-shape cookie cutter to cut out watermelon stars. Thread onto 8-inch paper lollipop sticks or wooden skewers with peeled and sliced dragon fruit and blueberries. Trim off the pointy ends of skewers.

Tasty Torches: Fill ice cream waffle cones with a swirl of pineapple or orange sherbet — or any combination of white, yellow, or orange ice cream you like — to resemble the torch on the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty torch ice cream cone
Credit: Victor Protasio

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This article originally appeared in the June/July 2020 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.