Children are a joy to have around, but they do require a little extra effort. While you’re grilling and drinking with your friends, you don’t want your tiny guests getting bored and antsy. While they’re waiting for their food, you’ll want to have some activities to keep them happy and occupied.
Pin the Hat on Uncle Sam
This is a cute spin on the childhood classic. All you need for this one are a few blindfolds, a large poster of Uncle Sam himself (with detachable hat), and a few pins. You can print everything out at home or at a copy store, and any old bandana will work for blindfolds.
Potato Sack Race
Kids love to run around, so they’ll love this game. To make things a little more festive, dye the burlap sacks red, white, and blue and wave an American flag to start and end the race. The kids will be hungry and ready to eat after the race is done.
Patriotic Scavenger Hunt
This game will keep your kids occupied for a long time. Spread out a variety of different patriotic knick-knacks for your kids to find. Good items for this scavenger hunt are mini American flags, red, white and blue pinwheels, or some patriotic temporary tattoos. Don’t forget to give out prizes when they find all the items.
Firework Finger Painting
Crafts are always a good way to help kids have fun. Plus they get to express their creativity. Make sure that they keep the finger painting outside and they were clothes that won’t matter if they get a little messy. Lay out a huge sheet of paper for them to use and once they are done, hang it up to show off their artwork.