Kids in the Kitchen: Fun July 4th Foods

These easy, kid-friendly treats are great for a picnic, tailgate, party, or celebrating our independence at home!

Fruit “Sparklers”


  • Watermelon slices
  • Blueberries
  • Wooden skewers
  • Star cookie cutter

1. Slide 8 blueberries onto a skewer

  1. Slice the watermelon the thickness of the star cookie cutter and use the cookie cutter to press out star shapes.
  2. Slide one watermelon star onto the top of the skewer.
  3. Chill until time to serve!


Pigs in a Blanket


  • 2 (8-oz.) cans refrigerated crescent-roll dough
  • 1 (14-oz.) package cocktail franks, rinsed and drained
  • Ketchup (optional)
  • Mustard (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Divide dough along perforated lines into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle into thirds.
  2. Place 1 cocktail frank on narrow end of dough triangle and roll up towards the wide end.
    3. Arrange on ungreased baking sheet, point-side down. Repeat for remaining franks and dough.
    4. Bake until dough is golden brown, about 12–15 minutes. Serve with mustard and/or ketchup if desired. 


Patriotic Punch

This recipe requires a little kitchen science. The drinks have to be layered according to sugar content to stay separate, with the drink/juice with the highest sugar content on the bottom, so read those labels!

  • Red juice/drink with higher sugar content (such as a cranberry-cherry juice or red, sugar-added Kool-Aid)
  • “White” drink with less sugar content than red drink (such as a non-alcoholic piña colada)
  • “Blue” drink, such as sugar-free Kool-Aid Blue Raspberry
  • Ice
  • Red or blue Twizzlers


  1. Pour red juice/drink into glass
  2. Add ice
  3. Very slowly, pour in white drink
    4. Very slowly, top with red drink
  4. Add a red or blue Twizzler as a straw!

Note: Blue and red drinks can be swapped with blue on the bottom if the sugar content is higher in the blue drink.