Friday, June 18

Fourth of July Fireworks

Five little firecrackers getting ready to zoom...
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle...
... BOOM!

The Fourth of July... also known as Independence Day... is only a few weeks away.  On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, separating the 13 colonies from England.  Since then, the Fourth of July has been considered 'America's birthday' and people all over the United States continue to celebrate America's birthday with parades, picnics, and... everybody's favorite... fireworks!  Are you looking for a simple craft to help with your Fourth of July celebrations?  Try this simple painting activity with your children at home or school.  Enjoy!

Painting red, white, & blue fireworks. Preschool and kindergarten.  Process art activity. Fun for the Fourth of July. Can also be used for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day. #kellysclassroomonline

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Painting Fireworks

Get ready to get messy!  This is a fun... yet messy... way for your students and children to paint fireworks in the night sky.  They will use a variety of colors and brushes while they paint.  This is a process-art activity, meaning your students' paintings may not look like actual fireworks... but your students will have fun painting them and their paintings will definitely look like explosions of color!

Painting red, white, & blue fireworks. Preschool and kindergarten.  Process art activity. Fun for the Fourth of July. Can also be used for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day. #kellysclassroomonline

You Will Need:



Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour a moderate amount of paint onto the paper plates.
  3. Set the stage for the art activity by reviewing what fireworks are and what they look like.
  4. Put smocks on the students.
  5. Hand them the paints and paintbrushes and let them have at it.
  6. Assist and clean up as needed.
Don't forget... children in the preschool to kindergarten age range are still enjoying the process of making art and aren't necessarily interested in what their final product looks like.  If their final products don't look like fireworks, it's 100% OK.  

Here are photos of two of my favorite paintings, both taken while the paint was still wet:

Painting red, white, & blue fireworks. Preschool and kindergarten.  Process art activity. Fun for the Fourth of July. Can also be used for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day. #kellysclassroomonline

These fireworks on cardstock were created with a combination of the nubby dryer ball and the string pen.  You can imagine fireworks in the sky when you look at this one.

Painting red, white, & blue fireworks. Preschool and kindergarten.  Process art activity. Fun for the Fourth of July. Can also be used for Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Labor Day. #kellysclassroomonline

These fireworks on construction paper were created when the child completely forgot about fireworks and threw himself into mixing colors and dabbing and smearing paint with the string pen.  Isn't it great?

Do you need a children's book to go with this activity? Check out my post about F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.

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