4th of July Craft: Parade Bike

Hi KUED Friends!

My name is Casey and I am the new Education Assistant here at KUED! I am thrilled to be a part of this community and I hope I get the chance to meet all of you at our future events! We figured it was time for another fun craft, and since the 4th of July is my favorite holiday to celebrate, it was the perfect chance for me to test my craft skills! Every year our neighborhood celebrates the 4th of July with the fun tradition of a bike parade around the neighborhood. All of the kids and parents gather on the street for a pancake breakfast, games, and a bike parade. Seeing all of the cute kiddos roll up on their one-of-a-kind bikes is the sweetest thing – and the kids have a blast showing off their creations. We have come up with some quick, easy, and inexpensive crafts for parents and kids to do together to get your bikes PARADE READY! We hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July holiday!

For these crafts we used my 3-year-old son's Strider bike – feel free to size up to a regular sized bike as these will work on any size. What supplies we couldn’t find laying around the house we picked up at the local Dollar Store. Feel free to add any additional 4th of July décor to add flair: flags, star twists, etc. We broke it down into 3 crafts: Handlebars, Helmet, and Spokes. Click on a link below and start Craftin’!

Ribbon Explosion- Handlebars

Materials:

  • 10-15 ribbons per handle (cut into 12 inch pieces/red, white, blue, gold, silver)
  • Hair tie
  • Water bottle (full)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Place the hair tie around the water bottle and lay flat on its side. Loop the ribbons through the hair tie and tie in a knot. Create one hair tie for each handlebar. Add more or less ribbons for your desired look! We used scissors to make ours curly for added pizazz! 


Wacky Helmet

Materials:

  • Helmet
  • 10 Pipe Cleaners (red, blue, white, silver, gold)
  • Craft paper or Foam paper
  • Pom Balls (red, white, blue)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Pen

Instructions:

Loop the pipe cleaners through the holes in the top of the helmet one by one so that they cover the top of the helmet to your desired look. Wrap the pipe cleaners around the pen to create spiral shape. Cut shapes out of craft or foam paper (stars, circles, etc.) Staple shapes and poms to tops of pipe cleaners for fun, crazy look.

*hint: I found it easier to cut out shapes two at a time and staple the pieces back to back over pipe cleaners


Spoke Spirit

Materials:

  • 10-15 Pipe Cleaners (red, white, blue, gold, silver)
  • Pen

Instructions:

Wrap the pipe cleaners around the pen to spiral. Wrap spiraled pipe cleaner around spokes of bike. Add as many as you like for desired look!

 

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