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An Easy To Follow Activity Recipe For A Sensory Friendly July 4th

If the sum of crashing sounds + flashing lights + mosquito bites + a large crowd doesn’t really equal a happy 4th of July for your child, keep on reading. Even if a fireworks show isn’t on the agenda for your family this year, you can still have a booming good time!

Here’s an easy recipe to follow for a Sensory Friendly 4th of July.

Ingredients needed:

2 tbsp Sensory Fun

5 cups Tasty Treats

1 dash “Firework” magic

  • 2 tbsp Sensory Fun

I can basically guarantee this Patriotic Slime will be a success. All you need is some Elmer’s Glue, liquid starch, and food coloring. But take this tip from a pro: forego the glitter if you don’t want to see it pop up in random places around your house for the next year.

To sparkler or not to sparkler? Let’s face it, those hot-tipped burning sticks of fire may not be the best fit for our kiddos. But these DIY ones are! All you need are some shish-ke-bab skewers, silver tinsel garland, hot glue, and scissors. Fun!

Or get some glow sticks or glow necklaces and have a water balloon fight (or toss) with these totally fun glow in the dark water balloons!


  • 5 cups Tasty Treats

Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to transform any regular meal into a star-spangled occasion. Stamp out some starry sandwiches, rice krispie treats — or anything else that your kiddo loves!

(If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can make one easily with aluminum foil!)

Throw together some Gluten & Dairy-Free Patriotic Pops. You can find recipes here and here



  • 1 dash Firework Magic

For the more adventurous among us, make an event of watching the fireworks. This can be done from afar if being up close and personal is too stimulating for your child. If you can see them from your house, awesome!

If not, you can always find the biggest firework shows on TV. Set up a fort in the living room and have some snacks, all while enjoying the fireworks in a way that keeps everybody happy & in the spirit.

For more Tips, check out this post by Friendship Circle

I hope this “recipe” helped! What’s on your agenda for the 4th?