This was a fun way to cool off at the end of a hot day and celebrate the holiday.
Step 1: Throw dollar store fashion beads in patriotic colors into the tub. Suggestion: Have enough for each child to have a full set.
Step 2: Add water and a touch of glitter. We used gold but silver is nice, too.
Step 3: Add red and blue ice stars made with water and food coloring in ice molds also purchased from the dollar store. Note: The red really faded when frozen, interesting.
Step 4: Add children, quickly. The ice melts pretty fast.
Step 5: Drain the slightly purple water and retrieve the fashion beads for wearing.
Result: Clean, happy kids!