Here’s a fun 4th of July activity to do with your kids this weekend. My toddler loves to paint, color, and draw (outside the lines, of course!) as most kids do. I wanted to find something creative to do with him for the 4th of July and thought something to do with fireworks would be perfect. I found this great idea from ‘Learning 4 Kids’ and couldn’t wait to give it a try.
Growing up I had the best time celebrating the 4th of July with my Dad and Papa mostly because of one thing. Fireworks! Yes, this is the holiday to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence but it is also to celebrate our freedom to blow stuff up! Right? Or maybe that’s just me.
My Dad and Papa lived next door to each other and I remember them throwing firecrackers and shooting bottle rockets over the fence at each other, screaming and laughing hysterically. Granted this was back in the good ol’ days when you played outside until it was dark, drank water from the hose and rode your bike all over town. Nowadays my Dad and Papa probably would have the cops called on them and been arrested for disorderly conduct. To me, fireworks always make me think of those fun, family times together and bring a smile to my face. I can’t wait to share the joys of watching (and eventually lighting) fireworks with my son one day. Although I have promised my wife to be much more careful than my Dad and Papa were back in the day.
This was such a fun art project in preparation for the 4th of July holiday weekend with my (almost) 2-year-old.
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All you need to get started is:
- Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint
- Construction paper
- Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
- Paper plates for paint
- Cut the toilet paper or paper towel tubes down to the center in strips a little less than ¼” wide.
- Repeat on all paper tubes you are using.
- Pour each paint color onto a paper plate for easy application. We used red, white, and blue.
- Gently “stamp” your paper tube in the paint until all strips are covered.
- Stamp the tube onto your construction paper in multiple areas to create the firework. This was my son’s favorite step and he got really carried away with it! Just to be on the safe side we used an old white sheet to cover the table, which as you can see below was a great idea. Even with him on my lap, it was near impossible to control his every move.
- Change colors/tubes & stamp again until you’ve reached the desired effect.
This couldn’t have been an easier project and the outcome turned out to be pretty cool.
After we created the firework masterpieces, I tried to explain to my son that we would see lots of fireworks over the weekend. I told him they would make loud “kaboom” sounds and have so many pretty colors, just like his paintings. He was so happy about the idea, but still confused at the same time so I showed him a few videos on YouTube. His face lit up when he saw the fireworks bursting along to music in the videos. He would look wide-eyed at the video & then point to his paintings while shouting “Fah-wurk! Fah-wurk!”. Hopefully, this will be a nice introduction to this holiday’s loud spectacle. Last year he was too small to understand or even be afraid of the explosive sounds. This year I’m hoping he enjoys the beauty and excitement of the fireworks like I did as a young boy and still do to this day.
Have you tried something like this with your kids? What was the outcome? Please share in the comments below.