Today I’m finishing up my recent series of free printables for Independence Day with a Fourth of July word scramble. I hope you enjoy!
Because I know a lot of people are mindful of using up all their ink, I created two versions of this puzzle. They’re the same except one features red, white, and blue while the other is plain black and white to save your ink.
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Tips for using your printables
Children love doing the same activity over and over again. (I’m sure you’ve noticed how repetitive kid’s songs are!) Instead of printing half a dozen copies for one child, consider laminating them or placing the printouts in a dry erase pocket.
A dry erase pocket is basically a super strength page protector that’s designed for use with dry (or wet) erase markers. It’s a good alternative if you don’t have a laminator.
- Set of 10 Super heavyweight clear erasable pocket, For papers up to 9" x 12"
- Ideal for work stations - no need to replenish paper - just wipe away and start again
- Write on and wipe off, Go green, Use over and over again, Use low-odor dry erase markers (included)
If you find yourself using a lot of free printables, consider purchasing an at home laminating machine. They’re very affordable and pay for themselves in about 10-20 uses when compared to the price of laminating at a copy shop.
Tip: If you catch this Scotch laminator under $20, it’s a great price and you should get it before the price changes!
- Laminates items up to 9 inches wide
- Two roller system for a professional finish
- Suitable for use with photos
If you save your pages for reuse, you can put this 4th of July word scramble in with your other seasonal decorations and bring it out for your kids to use again next year!
You may also want to print a stack of these and hand them out at your cookout or party! Pair them with a patriotic pencil for a fun party favor to keep the kids busy while adults cook. (Or while you enjoy a minute relaxing – you deserve a minute to yourself!)
This is the point where I’m supposed to tell you all about how you can set up a contest to see who finishes the word scramble first and then link to a bunch of swag you can give away as prizes.
But I actually don’t believe in that!
Instead, I think you should encourage your kids to do the word puzzle for the fun and enjoyment of it and to collaborate and help each other out.
I am a huge believer in Alfie Kohn’s work. His books Punished by Rewards and Unconditional Parenting convinced me that rewards, praise, and incentives are actually destructive and counter-productive. If that sounds super crazy, you can read an interview with Alfie Kohn here.
(If you’re interested in his books, I really recommend checking them out on Audible because he does his own narration and it’s interesting to hear what he emphasizes. Sign up for a free trial of Audible, get two free books, and listen to them both! 😉 )
Alright, soapbox mode deactivated! Let’s take a look at the free printables:
Free printable Independence Day word scramble
The word scramble features 10 Independence Day-related words. If your child finds the puzzle too challenging, you can give them a word bank by copying the words from the answer key onto a mother sheet of paper (just make sure you don’t write them down in order!)
This word scramble is free for personal use. You can print it out for your own kids, classroom, scout troop, group at camp, etc., but please do not redistribute the digital files. Instead, simply refer your friends to this post so they can download their own copy!
The images are just low resolution previews. Please follow the links to download the PDF files from Google Drive.
First there’s the colorful 4th of July word scramble with a patriotic background.
Then there’s the same word scramble, but in black and white to save your ink.
The answer key is attached to both versions!
There are so many more free printables for summer available on The Artisan Life – school down to check them out!
More free printables for July 4th and summer
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.