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Fourth of July Noisemakers

Celebrate this all-American holiday with a patriotic craft. As you put it together, you can explain the history behind our celebration of the 4th, or talk to your child about the meanings behind the colors of our flag – for example, "For our country's first flag, Betsy Ross used red for bravery, white for freedom and blue for truth." When the noisemakers are done, your child can join the parade with a one-of-a-kind instrument!
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  • Small hard items (rocks, dry beans, popcorn kernels, pennies, and so on)
  • Frozen juice cans with lids
  • Tape
  • Red, white, and blue tissue paper
  • Twist-ties


  • Place a few hard items inside each can.
  • Tape on the lids.
  • Roll the cans in red, white, and blue tissue paper so there are several inches of tissue paper sticking out beyond each end of the cans.
  • Have your child twist the tissue paper together at each end and secure with a twist-tie.
  • Use the noisemakers in a Fourth of July parade!


This craft is not appropriate for children under 3 years of age because the small objects suggested pose choking hazards to young children.
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