Hundreds of towns and cities throughout the south are cancelling or postponing their Fourth of July festivities due to massive storms slamming into the region. Torrential rains have turned the area into a soggy mess forcing parents to scramble to salvage their family’s mid-summer plans.
Campfire Prints: Have kids use crayons, markers or colored pencils to draw a large circle on a piece of paper. Next, have them glue gemstones on the circle to mimic a stone fire ring. Then, have your children cover their hands with red, yellow and orange paint. Guide their hands over the fire ring, and then have them stamp their handprints on the paper to form the campfire’s flames. If you are worried about the mess, use adhesive dots instead of craft glue for the gems and ditch the paint for colored construction paper. Simply trace your child’s hands on red, yellow and orange construction paper, and then have them cut-out the finger flames and glue them to the paper featuring the fire pit.
Indoor Balloon Battle: Blow up one balloon for each child. Tie an 18-inch piece of string to the balloon and tie the other end to the back of your child’s pants. On the count of three, have the kids try to pop another player’s balloon without letting their own get popped. Popping can only be done with the hands, though players cannot touch their own balloon with their hands. When a player’s balloon pops he must leave the play area. The last player with an unpopped balloon wins the game.
Kicked-Up Smores: Don’t let the rain drown out your smores-making fun. Rather, move the party inside and let kids roast flavored marshmallows on a gas burner or a small charcoal grill set-up in the entryway of a garage. To add more flavor to the traditional campfire snack, use shortbread cookies instead of graham crackers or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups rather than plain chocolate. Then, really kick it up by having kids dip their smores into bowls of coconut, chopped nuts, toffee bits or sprinkles for added fun.