4th of July celebrations!

As the days wind down and the 4th of July gets closer, the excitement of all the festivities that come with Independence Day begin to set in.  We have fun festive food and craft ideas that the whole family can do together that we’d like to share with you! Although the museum will be closed, CMAC wants to make sure there is plenty for everyone in the family to do!

                 Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Just like any other chocolate-dipped strawberries, the method for making these is very simple. There is only one additional step: dip the tips of the strawberries into some blue sprinkles or blue sanding sugar once they have been dipped into the chocolate.

Store the berries in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them, as white chocolate is a little more heat-sensitive than other chocolates. The berries are best within a day or two of being made.

You will need:
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 package white chocolate
Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles

Line a baking sheet or cutting board with wax paper.  Chop up the chocolate roughly if it is in block form. Melt the chocolate in the microwave – heating in 45 or 60-second intervals & stirring between each time to ensure that the chocolate is melting evenly and not burning.

When chocolate is smooth, dip the berries 3/4 of the way into the chocolate, dip the tips into the blue sprinkles, and place on wax paper. Berries can set at room temperature if you live somewhere cool, otherwise refrigerate them until ready to serve to allow the chocolate to set up.

These strawberries are cute, festive, simple and since the white chocolate can be substituted with greek yogurt, they are a perfect healthy snack for all the kids on the 4th of July!

To keep with the 4th of July spirit we also found a great craft that the kids can do with materials laying around the house!

                 Tin Can Windsock

You will need:

Empty tin can
Red streamer
White streamer
Blue paint
White construction paper
Twine or String
Tool to poke hole in can

1. Poke 2 holes in top of tin can, 1-2 inches apart
2. Paint tin can blue
3. Cut and glue white paper stars to can
4. Knot one end of twine & run through 1st hole – then run other end through 2nd hole and knot once it is run through (this will allow it to be hung)
5. Cut thin strips of red and white streamer
6. Glue streamer pieces to bottom of inside tin can
7. Hang and enjoy!


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