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Get your Independence Day parade started with these easy-to-make noisemakers!

This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 2nd grade / 4 - 7 years

You will need:

Before you begin:

  • Dye the uncooked rice blue or red by placing one teaspoon of white vinegar, one teaspoon of water and several drops of food coloring in a quart-sized zip-close plastic bag.
  • Pour in one cup of uncooked rice, close the bag and shake or swish the rice around until it is coated in color. (If the color is not saturated enough, add a few more drops of food coloring.)
  • Empty the contents of the bag onto a sheet of wax paper or a shallow foil pan and allow rice to dry for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Repeat this process until you have as much colored rice as you need (about 1/4 cup of each color per student).


  1. Give each student an empty water bottle, two sparkly pipe stems (in red, blue or silver) and several red and blue pom-poms.
  2. Show students how to twist their pipe stems around a pencil to curl them slightly.
  3. Have students place the curled pipe stems and pom-poms inside their bottles.
  4. Help students use a scoop and a funnel to add about 1/4 cup each of blue, red and plain white rice to their bottles. Then have them tightly close the bottles.
  5. Provide students with blue or red craft tape and encourage them to wrap a strip or two around the top or bottom of their bottlesóbeing sure to leave most of the bottles clear so that their contents are readily visible when shaken.
  6. Invite students to use Glitter Glue Writers to decorate the craft tape with stars, stripes or sayings such as “Happy Fourth of July!” or “U.S.A.”
  7. Encourage students to use their noisemakers to celebrate Independence Day!

Special Days

November Holidays
Giving Thanks Centerpiece
Turkey Trot Relay Game
Fall Table Settings
Turkey Plate
Veterans Day Flag
Pattern Block Turkeys
Being Thankful Sunflowers
Native American Rattles
Colorful Napkin Rings
Pilgrim Hats
Turkey Place Card Holders
Colorful Cornucopia
Turkey Handprint Apron
Turkey Memory Match-Ups
Remember the Day in Photos
Pin the Tail on the Turkey
Thanksgiving Table Art
“A Festive Feast”
Brain Teaser Game

Terrific Turkey Centerpiece

December Holidays
Hanging Holiday Symbols
Peppermint Candy
Handprint Plates

Holiday Treats Gift Bag
Holiday Scrapbook
Decorative Gift Tags
Gingerbread Man Notepads
Holiday Card
Holiday Card Stand
Holiday Candle Holder
Holiday Snack Sticks
Celebration Candle
Candy Cane Ornament

January Holidays
“I Have a Dream” Quilt
Party Masks
New Year’s Hat
New Year’s Rocket
Sharing the Dream of Dr. King

February Holidays
Presidents’ Day Puppet & Poem
Giant Valentine
Valentine Mobile
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year Drums
Handprint Heart Frame Photos
Valentine’s Day Door Wreath
Valentine’s Day Card
Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe
Love Bug
Valentine Mailbox
Cup of Cocoa Valentine’s
Day Card

Valentine Necklace
Valentine Caterpillar
Valentine Learning Centers
Patriotic Pencil Holders
Presidents’ Day Masks

March Holidays
Shimmering Shamrocks
Shamrock Door Hanger
Leprechaun Hunt
Leprechaun Hat Pencil Holder
Saint Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Card
Rainbow “Pot of Gold”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
“Red Fish, Blue Fish” Fishbowl

Earth Day
Celebrating Earth Day
Recycled Robots
Caterpillar Garden Critters
Reusable Earth Day Bags

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Puzzle Photo Frame
3-D Mother’s Day Card
Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Bouquet
Mother’s Day Teacup Cards
Mother’s Day Card
Bear Hug Mother’s Day Card
May Day Basket

Father’s Day
Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Trophy
Father’s Day Frames
Father’s Day CD Photo Coaster

Patriotic Holidays
Independence Day Drum
Fourth of July Firecrackers
Uncle Sam Hat
Star-Spangled Shaker
Stars & Stripes Place Mat
Star-Studded Napkin Rings
Patriotic Noisemakers
Foam Star Paper Chains
A Flag Day Parade

September Holidays
Grandparents Day Card

October Holidays
Spooky Spiders
Halloween Countdown Calendar
Handprint Bat Hats
Jack-O’-Lantern Jars
Giant Pumpkin

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