As tomorrow is Bonfire Night I have been thinking of some easy firework crafts Daniel and I could do to mark the occasion. We don’t do fireworks at home and the displays near us have been starting a little too late for us to take Daniel and Emma to.
This morning the postman arrived with a box of goodies from the team at Baker Ross, including these fab kits for making rocket wands. The kit comes with two different rocket shapes and enough to make up three of each shape (so six rockets in total) – perfect for our easy firework crafts afternoon.
We were also sent some of these solid poster paints which I have to say are amazing – so much so that I am going to order some of the glittery ones in the new year as the are simply brilliant.
Daniel can be a bit reluctant with painting sometimes as he doesn’t like getting his hands dirty(!) but these are great and are very easy for small hands to use (with the added bonus of being relatively mess free for me!). I love them and will be using them myself I am sure for making up signs and other things.
Daniel was quite keen to get into this straight away so I pretty much left him to it with decorating his rocket whilst I did mine. I did think about getting some glitter out but Daniel was enjoying just using the solid poster paints so I left it at that. I was really pleased that he was able to identify each colour correctly too, another gentle approach to learning we have been taking over the past few months. Once we had added our paint I sellotaped the wand onto the back of them both and added the crepe paper to the bottom of them – Daniel loved to whizz them around and they are now blu-tacked onto the french doors ready for tomorrow night.
As Daniel was really into using the solid poster paints I thought we would make the most of it and set about to making a nice fireworks scene. I am a big fan of sugar paper – it has so many uses and is colourful and good for small people. We got out the glittery foam stickers we had been sent and started placing them on a black sheet of paper. This was a really nice activity to talk about bonfire night. The stickers are great value and there are lots of different shapes and sizes – Daniel hasn’t quite mastered how to unpeel the backs himself yet but he was giving it a good try!
At two years old, Daniel isn’t really ready to understand the story of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, but we can talk about the fireworks and begin to associate them with the bangs and whizzes we have been hearing in the evening. We did a bitEasy Firework Crafts of sticking with the foam stickers but he soon wanted to add some paint – and was really impressed with the white paint – he hasn’t used white crayons or paint before and it of course showed up really well on the black sugar paper.
We really enjoyed this activity and it now has pride of place on the art wall, ready to show his Daddy tomorrow evening.
I was really impressed with the quality of the items from Baker Ross and we will be using them again for some New Years crafts too.
Have you been doing at easy firework crafts with your toddlers?