4 Simple and Safe “Sparklers” for the 4th of July

Parades, barbecues, fireworks: kids love the 4th! And sparklers are becoming an ever more popular way for little ones to celebrate. But are those burning sticks safe for tiny hands? Many experts say no.

If you decide to skip the hot sparklers this year, we’ve found some great alternatives. Check out these awesome and super safe handheld ideas from across the mommy web.

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Super Star Sparklers: All you need are some festive looking straws and patriotic tinsel for these gorgeous handheld delights from Modern Parents Messy Kids.


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Perfect Paper Sparklers: These absolutely simple and darling paper-based sparklers from Momtastic are sure to spark the interest of any child.

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Tasty Pretzel Sparklers: Definitely the yummiest of the four crafts, these fun pretzel sparklers from Martha Stewart are perfect for bringing along to watch the big fireworks.


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Pipe Cleaner Sparklers: Pipe cleaners are always a win with kids, and nothing could be simpler to work with. Let the little ones make their own ultimate “sparklers” with this cool craft from Make and Take.

No Time for Crafts?

If you don’t have the time for DIY, glow sticks from your local drug or dollar store are an easy replacement for sparklers! You can even pick some up and incorporate them into any of the homemade ideas listed above.

Have other smart ideas for safe Independence Day fun? Share them below.

Image credits: Momtastic, Modern Parents Messy Kids, Martha Stewart.com, Make and Take

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