4th Of July Arts And Crafts Ideas For Children With Special Needs

Summer is here, and the 4th of July is less than two weeks away. With children on a break from school for the summer, they may be eager to get outside and have some fun. Crafts are a unique way to get children active and thinking outside of the box.

Below, you’ll find two 4th of July craft suggestions for children, from Debbie Scaccio, Arts & Crafts Specialist, and the staff at Block Institute. Block is an educational facility in New York City dedicated to providing services to children and adults with special needs ranging from global development delays to cerebral palsy and many other conditions.

Straw Art

Activity – Straw Painting


* red, white and blue tempera paint
* large construction paper
* straws
* water
* paper towels for clean up


1. Place construction paper on ground outside
2. Pour paint into small dishes
3. Put end of straw into paint, then hold straw over paper and blow paint
4. Allow to dry before hanging

Skills Addressed:

* Increased attention and focus to task
* Following step by step directions
* Making choices
* Color recognition and identification
* Oral motor skill development
* Perceptual motor skill development
* Increased art appreciation
* Development of positive self esteem through success of completing project.

Shadow Art

Activity – Chalk Shadow Drawing


* red, white and blue chalk
* Hose connected to water supply
* A sunny day
* Paper towel towels for clean up


1. Show child their shadow on the ground on a sunny day
2. Have child trace outline of your shadow and fill in body spaces
3. Use sprinkler or hose to wash off sidewalk when finished.

Skills Addressed:

· Increased awareness of self and body parts

· Recognition and identification of body parts

· Receptive and expressive language skill development

· Concept of shadow

· improves focus attention to task

· Sensory motor skill development

· Perceptual Motor skill development

· Eye-hand coordination

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