For this project, we used:
empty toilet rolls (you could also cut up paper towel rolls)
red and blue paint
white construction paper
I cut the toilet rolls to create a "fringe" along the edge. The amount you cut will determine how big your firework bursts are. I chose to do this part on my own because I find that cutting the cardboard requires stronger scissors and I prefer to use those myself.
Normally, I would use paper plates for the paint, but we are currently out so I've been environmentally-friendly and using regular paint. I squirted some red on one paint and blue on another.
The kids loved stamping their papers with the firework stamps. To help keep the colors separate, I let each child use one color at a time. Doing art projects with groups of kids gives them valuable opportunities to practice sharing and taking turns, as well as following directions - all of these skills are important for when they start school!
After they finished their stamping, we placed their papers into a Tupperware container (approximately 13'' x 9'') to get ready for the next step...
I should admit here that I hate glitter. Of all the wonderful, fun, inspiring craft materials that the kids love to use, this is one that I shy away from without fail! If you glance through our Kids Crafts page, you'll notice that "glittery" projects are hardly mentioned. Using this trick, though, even I can handle the glitter "mess", and the kids were so excited! We sprinkled the glitter onto our papers and then shook Tupperware container gently to spread our glitter around.
When I removed the papers from the Tupperware container, I was amazed at how little glitter was left behind and how well it was contained! I simply dumped the leftovers back into our glitter container and rinsed out the Tupperware. There was literally NO glitter on the table or floor - SUCCESS!
And here are some of our finished fireworks creations!
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