What’s better than fireworks on the Fourth of July? For children, they are colorful and exciting (albeit a bit loud, so don’t forget the headphones!) and something that they can look forward to every year. Below is a fun way to bring the excitement of fireworks home to your children by way of a fourth of July art project. The best part is that it’s so easy to do!

Fourth Of July Art Project Materials:

  • 3-4 empty toilet paper rolls (you can also cut paper towel rolls in half)
  • Scissors
  • 3-4 different colored paints
  • Paper
  • Smocks!

How to Make Fireworks:

  • Take the paper towel rolls and cut long slits all around one end.  Fold the tabs outward so that they fan out around the bottom of the tube (reference picture on right).
  • Dip the cut end of each tube into different color paint.
  • Lightly press the painted end onto your paper to make colorful firework prints!

The result will be colorful explosions of color that look just like fireworks!

Alternate Ideas:

  • Use black or navy paper and neon paint to resemble the night sky.
  • Use glow in the dark paint and hang your child’s art on the front porch to show off at night time. Note that glow in the dark paint is not washable.
  • Mix Elmer’s glue in your paint and then let the kids sprinkle glitter on top of their firework creation!
  • Cut more (or less) slits in the different tubes to make varying styles of firework prints.

Expand their learning:

Literacy ~ Prefacing any activity with a related book, is a great way to enhance vocabulary and encourage a love of reading.  The Night Before The Fourth of July by Natasha Wing is a great book about a family getting ready for Fourth of July fun and ending their day with fireworks.  

Math ~  You can make a fun counting activity by doing a 4th of July countdown. How many days are left until the fireworks?

Sensory ~ Discuss other things that often happen on the 4th of July, such as barbecues. Do a food tasting and see what the favorites are. Watermelon, pasta salad, cheeseburgers?

Let the kids get messy and have fun with this fourth of July art project. Then they can run through the sprinkler to clean off any paint. For more fun activities to do with your children, click here.

About The Author

Sarah PSarah Proctor has worked with young children for over 25 years as a teacher, childcare director, nanny, and mom of two girls. She has her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration from UMass Amherst. In addition, Sarah has her Director 2 certification from the Department of Early Education and Care.