We have been creating fireworks crafts today by testing out lots of different methods so have rounded up 6 easy fireworks crafts for toddlers. We used some very basic techniques that don’t require any exenpsive materials and hopefully use things you already have lying round the house including paint, glitter and black paper or card. (this post contains affiliate links)
These fireworks paintings have been done with children aged 1 – 2 years old.
1. Paper Roll Fireworks
Firstly we tried using paper rolls dipped in paint but we weren’t impressed with the results, the rolls quickly became soggy and made a bit of a mess (not that the Little Tots minded).
The end result looked more like a bonfire than fireworks but they still had lots of fun with this one.
2. Pipe Cleaner Fireworks
Next we tried bunching straws together and then fanning them out but they didn’t hold up well so instead we tried pipe cleaners which they preferred. Taking a bunch of same length pipe cleaners I twisted them together, folded over the sharp top bit and spread out the edges. They then dipped them in the bowls of paint and made their patterns.
The fluffiness added to the firework effect and we were able to get lots of great pictures using this technique. Plus the Little Tots always enjoy painting with something that isn’t a paintbrush.
3. Glitter and Glue Fireworks
Of course once the Little Tots saw the glitter there was demands for glitter pictures without the paint. The next lot of pictures were simply just big glue splodges on the paper, shaking glitter on them and shaking off the excess. These were really effective and by far their favourite as it was something they could do entirely themselves.
We then tried a different method which invovled me using cotton buds dipped in glue to make firework patterns and then getting the Little Tots to sprinkle the glitter on top. Theres were pretty but I always prefer arts and crafts that are entirely done by the child (where possible) as they are always so much more proud of their work when they have accomplished it themselves.
4. Chalk Fireworks
This is another simple yet effective idea which just requires black card / paper or a black board and chalk. I left the Little Tots to create these by themselves and after a summer of chalking on the patio I think they really enjoyed a chalk picture they can finally keep and display on our art wall.
5. Fork Painting Fireworks
After the Little Tots enjoyed making hedgehogs using a fork instead of paint brushes we had a go at creating fireworks using a fork. I placed some blobs of paint on their paper, added some glitter and let them use the fork to spread it around. This was quite hard to achieve a good firework effect but of course as there was no paintbrushes involved they still had fun with this one.
6. Straw Blown Fireworks
This is another method that proved a little tricky for my youngest Little Tots but they enjoyed it none the less. I firstly watered down our paint as it is ready made and added some glitter. I then placed some large blobs on the paper and gave the Little Tots a straw and told them to blow the paint accross the paper.
I was only able to carry out this method with the Little Tots that were old enough to understand to blow through the straw and not stuck. It was still quite hard for them to blow hard enough to get the paint to move so I think it probably needed watering down more.
More fireworks fun
Here are some things we may do to further extend this activity:
- Whip up some Firework playdough – black playdough with glitter and sparkly loose parts such as pom poms and pipe cleaners.
- Watch some firework videos on the internet
- Try a simple science experiment like these fireworks in a jar by I Can Teach My Child.
- Have a go at this fun and mess bonfire craft
- Get outside and move about and dance like a firework, making noises and trying to represent different types of firework.
- For older children discuss the reasons we have bonfires and fireworks on the 5th of November using some of these activities from Activity Village.
- Talk about safety on bonfire night and at firework displays