Looking for a fun and easy open-ended art project for the kids? With just a few inexpensive supplies, your kids can give our Victoria Day, Canada Day or Memorial Day fireworks painting a try!
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- Black construction paper, bristol board, or a canvas painted ahead of time with black acrylic paint
- Various colours of “fireworks coloured” paint – we used green, red, white, blue and purple acrylics
- Paper plates to hold paint
- A head scratcher (yes that’s what I said!)
Note: For Memorial Day fireworks – try red, blue and white colours. For Canada Day – why not try red and white?
Inspiration for Fireworks
Before we started painting, Onetime and I watched this really cool YouTube video of an amazing fireworks display in China.
While watching the video, we talked about the shapes and the colours of the fireworks. Onetime was ready to paint!
Creating the Fireworks
All I did was pour a little paint onto a paper plate and spread it around a bit. Then I showed Onetime how to dip the head scratcher into the paint. If you roll it around a bit sideways you can get all the tips coated.
Then Onetime went to work creating his fireworks! He dabbed, swirled, dragged and twisted the head-scratcher.
When we were done with one colour, we just rinsed off the scratcher and got another colour out.
They may not look exactly like what we see in the sky, but they are definitely splattery, explosive and colourful!
Onetime enjoyed himself immensely and we have some neat-looking semi-abstract art pieces!
Just a warning! Do this activity outside on the grass (unlike us!) and while wearing a paint smock or old clothes so that you don’t have to spend half an hour later cleaning up tiny paint spots off the kitchen floor!
If you like this activity, you may also want to check out our Milky Fireworks activity as well:
Enjoy some explosive creativity!
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