This post has been sponsored by Dynacraft. I received the Dynacraft Avengers 12V 4×4 at no cost to faciliate this post.
Our family is SO excited to celebrate Independence Day! Usually every year we celebrate with a big cookout in the backyard and fireworks that evening. This year I wanted to get the kids involved in the kitchen, so together we made 3 special red, white and blue desserts that are no bake, easy for kids, and fun, fun fun! Plus, did I mention desserts? Who doesn’t love a sweet treat?!
Red, White and Blue Kabobs
This one is really quite simple. You’ll need marshmallows, blueberries, strawberries, and skewers. You could also substitute cherries or raspberries for the strawberries or the healthier choice, bananas, instead of the marshmallows. My kids don’t get a lot of sweets, so I decided this time, I’d let them have the marshmallows (much to their delight!).
We started off making patterns of red, white, and blue with our kabobs but by the end, a certain little girl with a sweet tooth was piling as many marshmallows on a kabob as she could get! The kids had so much fun making these my themselves!
Red, White and Blue Chocolate Bark
This recipe was so easy and you can modify it to fit what you have at home. For mine I bought a huge bag of white chocolate chips. Melted those in a pot on the stove, then separated 2 small portions of the chocolate and dyed them red and blue. I poured the melted white chocolate onto a small baking sheet I had lined with foil, sprayed with a non-stick coating. Then I poured a few random spots of blue and red chocolate over the white. Using a leftover skewer from the kabobs, I then blended the colors together slightly. The last step was dropping on red and white M&Ms and red, white, and blue sprinkles (I had the kids do the M&Ms and sprinkles).
After the toppings were in place, I popped it into the refrigerator for a few minutes to set the chocolate. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes (minus the time waiting for it to harden) and the result was so yummy!
Red, White and Blue Jello
Much like the other two dessert ideas, this one is also quite simple to make. We simply made red and blue Jello separately, then, after it had formed, poured it into clear plastic cups. If the kids desired, I also let them add in a layer of fruit with each color. We topped it with whipped cream and red, white, and blue gummy stars I found at the local candy store.
Kid-approved treats out of the way, we still needed a fun activity to keep the kids busy outside while the adults are cooking and we all wait for the fireworks. Dynacraft to the rescue! You probably saw my post back in April about the absolutely adorable Dynacraft Disney Princess Carriage they sent for the girls. Well, Jacob has been eagerly waiting for a more boyish motorized car for himself and boy did Dynacraft deliver!
Let me introduce you to their brand new Avengers 12V 4X4 Ride-On from Dynacraft!
This ride-on is the coolest! I’ve never seen Jacob so excited over a new toy before. He couldn’t wait to jump in and start driving! Of course, it needed assembled first and I’m pretty proud to say that I was able to assemble the entire thing by myself. Normally my husband gets those jobs, but Jacob was so eager to start riding, and I knew it would need to charge overnight, so I got my hands dirty and accomplished it all by myself.
The age range on this ride-on is ages 3 and up. Zellene who just turned 3 has been able to drive it without a problem (along with the princess carriage now too) and our 7 year old daughter Maggie has plenty of room to ride and drive this ride on as well.
We’ve taken it on the road through our development (even had a neighbor stop the car they were driving to tell my son how it was the coolest ride on toy they’d ever seen) and we’ve also taken it for quite a few rides in a wide open grassy field. The kids love that the most because they can just go everywhere! It can be driven in forwards or reverse and has 2 speed settings, with the highest speed topping out at 5MPH. Don’t worry, there are adjustable seat belts to keep your kids in their seats! Depending on the terrain and what speed the kids are running this 12V, we have always gotten at least 30-45+ minutes of ride time out of it before we head back to the house to let it charge for a bit.
Jacob is a HUGE Avengers fan, so he was stoked to see his favorite characters on this ride on. Captain America’s shield, located on the back of the 4×4 is not only removable so your child can use it (it has a handle on the back) it also lights up and talks! There’s also a small area behind the seats where you child can store little things they want to bring along for the drive, snacks, drinks, toys, whatever! Another cool feature is that the fog lights light up as well.
He has had so much fun with his new Dynacraft Avengers 12V 4×4 and I know he’ll have a blast riding it around the yard with his siblings while we await the fireworks tomorrow night!
So there you have it – our 4th of July celebration plans. Good food and lots of fun outside with our kiddos. Is there any better way to spend the day? What will you be doing tomorrow?
Want to purchase the Dynacraft Avengers 12V 4×4 for your little driver? It’s available now at Walmart.com and is the perfect way to cruise through summer!