November and December are two magical months if you enjoy fireworks. It seems like during these two months, there are always fireworks going off somewhere, for some reason – no body is every quite sure why. The rubbish thing about fireworks when you’re little is that they’re usually let off after bed time and you have to wait until its dark in order to fully appreciate them.
So whether you’re getting hyped up for a nice night watching the fireworks, or whether you don’t want your toddler/preschooler to miss out, here’s the perfect activity to get the creative juices flowing: fireworks process art!
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Fireworks Process Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers
This activity isn’t about the end result, it’s more about getting stuck in and having fun. Luke (aged 2) couldn’t wait to get his hands stuck in – quite literally. In a big dip serving platter I squirted some bright and colourful paints and in the centre and large dollop of glittery paint. The activity did start off with the use of paintbrushes, but that got boring quickly and Luke found that sticking his hands in and getting messy was much more fun.
The serving platters are big enough for toddlers and preschoolers to really get their hands stuck in and squelch about with the paint in each segment.
The glittery paint has a really gloopy texture compared to the silkiness of the normal coloured poster paint, so Luke had fun exploring these contrasting textures. He was very excited when he found out that you can mix the glittery paint with the bright and colourful paint, creating a lot of bright, colourful, sparkly fireworks.
Luke seemed to absolutely love this idea of process art and it’s something we are definitely going to focus on more this coming year. As time goes on, I’m sure the idea of more structured drawings or paintings will appeal to him, but right now getting your hands stuck in and enjoying yourself is what matters most, and I am completely okay with that.
This activity is perfect for the latter part of the year where it starts getting darker a lot quicker. This craft works great as a warm up to Fireworks night in autumn, as well as a New Years Eve activity in winter.
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