With the 4th of July coming and a few other firework events here, I thought it would be fun to make our own Fireworks! We actually were able to see a firework show from our backyard a couple of days after making these and when I referred to the actual fireworks looking like our paintings, my 3 year old daughter had to run inside and pull her painting off the fridge to bring it outside and compare them. “(Gasp!) Mom, they are the same!” I thought it was pretty cute!
This is a super easy project. The supply list is pretty much unlimited for this project, but keep it down to a few items. Get creative and use what you have around! It also helps the younger children to have an older child or yourself doing it with them so they can get an idea of what they are supposed to do. Plus, I thought it was pretty therapeutic to make my own, too. This project kept them busy for over 30 minutes. No complaints here!:-)
What You Need:
- Spreaders (for the type of paint we used toothpicks & popsicle sticks worked best)
- Paint – All that we have in stock is Acrylic
- Happy Helpers
Step 1: On a piece of paper and drop small amounts of paint. Use a variety of colors. We did one drop at a time until they got the hang the process.
Step 2:Create explosions by spreading the paint drops with the toothpick or popsicle stick. The thicker paint like we used requires a little more work to explode, thus our fireworks were not that big, but they still turned out great!
Step 3:Keep swirling and pulling the paint from the center in all directions. Overlapping is definitely okay!
Step 4: When finished, let them dry (if they are not dry already with using small drops of paint). And enjoy your view…Now you have your own fireworks show on paper!
- Use a very large piece of paper or even one big enough to put on a bulletin board. And instead of Acrylic paint, use poster paint (or something that spreads easier) and a spoon to swirl the paint out. You’ll get some fun and large fireworks for display!