Fun Fourth Of July Treats & DIY Firework Sidewalk Chalk

We finally got our act together around here and did a couple of things to celebrate Independence Day. Red, white and blue flower crowns -- major fail. But the other two activities turned out swimmingly.

Fourth of July Fruit Skewers

It's hard to top last year's watermelon and blueberry wands, but we upped the ante this time around with star-shaped marshmallows and they were a smash success. Gone in 30 seconds. There was begging for more. All you need is a small star cookie cutter for the marshmallows (cut them in half and dust the cut side with powdered sugar to cut down on the stickiness) and some wooden skewers. Thread those babies together and devour them with gusto. They've got fruit. They're healthy-ish.

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Fireworks

These were so much fun and way less messy than I expected. We used a muffin tin to make a bunch of different colors and then went to town with paint brushes, flowers, leaves and our fingers.

To make the paint, use one tablespoon of cornstarch, two tablespoons of water and 2 drops of food coloring per color. Mix well. I used my fingers to get all the cornstarch off the bottom, and yes my hands are blue right now.

Once you've got your colors ready, experiment with different vehicles for making the fireworks. I used those little clover flowers to fling the chalk paint onto the sidewalk and it worked great. The colors turn more vibrant as they dry.

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