Play: Easy Fireworks Craft
Fireworks are an exciting part of Independence Day. In fact, it almost always seems to be too short. It often feels like to me that they have just begun, and then there’s the finale.
I do have two exceptions to that rule.
One, the firework show Jacob and I saw in L.A. before we had kids. That one literally went on for a full hour. Jacob and I kept thinking, “Oh, this is the finale. Okay…now this is it. Now…this is really it. Surely, this in the finale. I mean, come on, how many fireworks did they purchase?!?!” I think you get the picture.
The second exception is last year when we took Sebastian very up close to where the fireworks were being set off. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but he was terrified of them. You could actually feel the fireworks in your chest as each one was set off. That time, I was like, “Come on and end already so my child will stop strangling me or his father.” We ended up leaving just before the finale because it was just too much. Lesson learned.
But these fireworks are very kid friendly. No loud noises, except for the ones you supply yourself. And all the fun colors of the exploding night sky.
First, you make the firework stamper. To do that, I took about four pipe cleaners, trimmed them a little, pinched and folded them in half, and then twisted them together. Then I fanned out the ends so that you have a thing that looks like an asterisk.
Then I loaded up a plate with some paint, gave my boy some black paper, showed him the technique, and then let him go.
He really enjoyed it, making explosions with his mouth and getting to see them on paper.
And I think the picture is really cute. I wouldn’t mind hanging this one up.
And it took all of ten minutes from start to finish. He would have gone longer, but we had things to do.
So go on, give this one a try!
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