Fireflies: Independence Inspiration         

Jul 3, 2013

Independence Inspiration

Independence Day Inspiration

Looking for some last minute ideas to include the kids this 4th of July?  Here are some of the recipes and activities we'll be using to celebrate America's birthday!

Edible Eagles

In the kitchen today is Chef Noah with a delightful eagle food craft just perfect for your 4th of July festivities.

Chef Noah has gathered all the necessary items for this activity.  You'll need:

  • pastry brush
  • small bowl with corn syrup
  • marshmallows
  • coconut
  • chocolate covered marshmallow cookies, pinwheels or chocolate covered Oreos
  • cashews
  • black piping gel

Place one chocolate covered marshmallow cookie onto workspace.  Prepare marshmallow by painting the sides with corn syrup.

Roll the marshmallow in the coconut and apply to top, leaving the bottom without coconut.

Add coconut covered marshmallow to chocolate covered marshmallow cookie (end without coconut is the bottom and should be directly on top of the cookie).

Use cashew for a beak.  Insert into marshmallow.

So far, you should have this:

Using black piping gel, give your eagle two eyes.

 And you will end up with adorable eagles!  Cute for a kids' place setting at your family gathering or as a kids' activity in case of rain.

Patriotic Pie

Supply list:

  • 1 can of blueberry pie filling
  • 2 cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 pie plate
  • 2 premade pie crusts
  • ravioli cutter
  • star cutter
  • rolling pin

Place one pie crust in pie dish.

Add cherry pie filling to 3/4 of the pie and blueberry pie filling to the remaining 1/4.

Open up the other pie crust on a cutting board.

Use the ravioli cutter to cut stripes.

Place on pie to form stripes.

Cut out stars from the pie crust and assemble on the "blue" field.  Bake for 35- 40 minutes at 425 degrees.

Uncle Sam Hat

Things you need to gather:
  • Oatmeal container
  • Foam sheets (12 x 18 work wonderfully) in red, white and blue
  • Paper Plate
  • Glue Dots
  • Foam Stars
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • X-acto blade and cutting mat

Measure your oatmeal container. Ours was 16" in circumference so we cut a piece of blue foam into a 16" x 3" piece.

Flip your oatmeal container upside down.  Using glue dots, adhere the blue piece around the oatmeal container (as shown below).

Measure from the top of your blue line to the top of the container.  Cut strips of red and white foam to fit the space.  Since our circumference was 16",  we cut our strips to 1" wide and 6.25" high.

Using glue dots, adhere the red and white stripes on to the container, alternating between the two colors.  Cut a white foam disk to fit the top of the container.

Get your foam stars for the decoration step!

Decorate the blue band (or anywhere else you want) with the foam self-adhesive stars.

Cut the center of the plate into 6 sections with your X-acto knife.

Place plate on the bottom of the hat and secure the paper plate tabs to the inside of the hat with glue dots or hot glue.

Apply any last minute design elements.

Your little ones will love celebrating in freedom style.  

Author: Rachel Skvaril
Sugar Artist


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