Help your kids celebrate Canada Day by making a beautiful fireworks themed craft. Using little more than toilet paper tubes, paint, and paper, it’s an incredibly fun craft for all ages. You can keep your little ones busy and older ones entertained, while celebrating Canada. You can also use this activity as a way to introduce new concepts or help your children develop their vocabulary, and create a work of art deserving of the centre spot on your fridge.
Assorted toilet paper or paper towel tubes
Bright red paint
Black or dark blue paper
Before You Start:
Make a series of slits in each paper tube. If you want the fireworks to be a variety of different shapes and sizes, cut the slits in each roll to be slightly different in width. For smaller fireworks, cut the entire tube in half lengthwise, roll it back in place to be a bit smaller than before, and then tape it to secure. Once you’re done cutting slits in each roll, put a pit of pressure on them to fan them out and create a starburst-like shape. This will help them absorb more paint and to leave a better impression on the paper.
Set out a few paper plates and put the red and white paint in them. We opted to include a bit of glitter paint as well, to give the fireworks some additional sparkle. To cut down on the possibility of spills, it’s a good idea to have a set of paper plates for each child.
Have your child dip the tube in one paint colour, and then make an impression on the paper.
Use a different tube for each colour, and keep making impressions until your page is filled with bright fireworks lighting up the night sky.
Tips and Tricks:
Don’t press the tube too hard on the paper, as it will cause the paint to smudge. Try bouncing it down lightly, letting it rest for a second, and then removing it from the page.
Use the largest sized tube first, and alternate colours until you get down to the smallest. Do this for each firework you want on your page.
Try making fireworks that are solid colours, as well as ones that are both red and white.
Mix up the sizes of fireworks on your page, so that there are small ones, large ones, and everything in between.
Before the paint dries, sprinkle some glitter on the page to make them sparkle even more.
Make It An Educational Activity Too:
In addition to giving your child the instructions, pay attention to what he or she is interested in and comment. For example, if your younger child is interested in dipping the tube in the red paint over and over, comment on the red by saying something like “red like a firetruck!” Or if your older child likes the pattern made by the paint you could mention how “the paint really flew out!” Commenting on your child’s interests and activities invite them to continue the conversation.
While completing the craft, use a new word and relate it to your child’s experiences. With younger children, you can introduce words and concepts such as ‘wet’, ‘dry’, ‘dirty’, ‘clean’, and ‘sparkle’. For example, if you opt to use glitter you can introduce the word “sparkles” by saying, “this glitter sparkles. Your crown sparkles too, see?” Vocabulary words such as ‘celebration’, ‘ignite’, ‘spatter’, and ‘illuminate’ can be introduced to your older child. For example, you can teach your child “illuminate” by saying, “on Canada Day, the fireworks illuminate the sky. Can you think of something in our house that illuminates?”