A Firework Craft Perfect For Toddlers
This versatile bonfire night craft and sensory activity had Ayla engaged for a whole 45 minutes. What’s even better is all you need to grab is a can of shaving foam, paint and a paint brush to join in with the firework fun.
Fun and Easy Bonfire Painting Idea your kiddo will love.
What Do I Need To Grab?
- Shaving Foam
- A Tray
- Paint Brush
- Card (if you want to make a picture)
Now For The Set Up
This is honestly one of the easiest set up you can get. Pop your tray on the table and squirt in the shaving foam, squeeze a variety of different coloured paints onto the top of the shaving foam and use the back of the paintbrush to pull through the paint making your very own firework display. If you want a keep sake finish making your firework display then lay the card over the top to get your print. Use the edge of a piece of cardboard or lollypop stick to scrape off the excess shaving foam and your picture will magically appear.
Ways To Play With This Bonfire Night Craft…
For The Toddlers
You probably wont get a good print with the younger players, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t an activity for them! Explore the shaving foam and paint together; what colours can you see, how are the colours changing? What marks can you make and how does the shaving foam feel?
For The Preschoolers Upwards
Just as above explore the activity together, you may be lucky enough to get a picture print with your preschoolers with a little instruction. Knowing Ayla she would let me get one print before getting totally messy in this sensory play. How many fireworks can you make and which one is the biggest firework? What is the easier way to make a firework and how are the colours changing?
Bonfire Night Crafts are great for growing brains because they;
Promote cognitive development.
As children explore the world through their senses the neurons in the brain fire which creates connections in the brain which supports learning, critical thinking and creativity.
Boost physical development.
As they explore how they can use the tools to create marks in the paint but also as they squeeze the shaving foam through their hands.
Build on creativity and idea testing.
The open ended nature of this activity means that your child is free to use their imagination. They can test their ideas to see what works and what doesn’t without restriction.
Encourage understanding the world.
Learning about event and celebrations that happen in the community around us allows our children to understand the world they live in.
More Bonfire Night Craft Ideas, Games and Activities.
Firework Toast Craft
This edible craft had Ayla eating toast for the first time ever!! How Magic is that. Who doesn’t love an activity that doubles as a snack? Win Win.
What Do I Need To Grab?
- Food colouring
- Small pots or bowls (1 for each colour)
- New paint brush
Setting Up The Activity
Pour a little bit of milk into each of your pots and add a few drops of food colouring and mix it. Pop the bread on a plate and you are good to go.
Once you have finished decorating your bread put it in the toaster!
Play The Activity Out.
First we sat together at the table and watched a firework display on my phone, we spoke about the noises that made and what colours we could see. Ayla said they went “Bang, like this” and shouted bang really loud.
Ayla took the paintbrush and she began to make marks on the bread. First I just watched Ayla explore the marks until she said “Mummy look!” I asked her to tell me about her picture and she said “that’s Mummy, Daddy and Grace”.
When Ayla said she was finished I popped the bread in the toaster while she decorated some bread for Daddy too. Ayla loved the bright colours and she even ate a whole slice of toast which for Ayla is a massive achievement!
What Can We Gain From This Activity?
Physical Development – Mark making allows children to practice their fine and gross motor skills as the hold the tool and move in different ways.
Communication and Language – Exploring activities together allows children to hear how different words and sentences are used. They also get to explore how different sounds can be explored through play.
Literacy – Through mark making materials children will begin to recognise the marks they are leaving behind.
Understanding the World – Exploring events such as bonfire night allows children to understand the community around them
Expressive arts and Design – Creating a picture on the bread allows children to explore colour mixing, marks and give meaning to the marks they are leaving. Asking your child to tell you about their picture allows them to use their imagination and understand that we use marks as a way of communicating.