Images and words: Sara Conway
As families celebrate Bonfire Night and Diwali, it’s the month for seeing the sky light up with colour. These firework crafts are the perfect celebration for kids aged 2-plus. They’re big on sparkle with zero BANG! And they’re not just for autumn…
1) Glittery firework sky: make a dazzling firework picture
You’ll need: a glue stick, glitter, black paper and some other sparkly craft bits (if you like)
- Your child fills the sky (black card) with fizzes and swirls with their glue stick.
- Then they sprinkle on glitter. And shake it off.
- Finally, add some more sparkly details with pompoms, pipe cleaners or sequins (if using).
2) Magic firework painting: this simple paint-resist idea makes a magical colourful sky
You’ll need: white paper, colourful crayons, black paint and paintbrush
- Your child draws exploding fireworks on white paper with dashes, squiggles, zigzags and swirls. Use lots of different colours.
- Now they paint over the top of the whole page with black paint. The wax from the crayon will resist the paint so the fireworks are still visible.
3) Celebration play dough: add a bit of magic and sparkle to modelling clay
You’ll need: play dough, sequins and glitter
Your child simply squishes the sequins and glitter into the dough to make it sparkle!
4) Firework drawing: a quick activity that encourages your child to think like a firework!
You’ll need: drawing supplies
Just ask your child to pretend their crayon is a firework. They zoom it across the page and shout BANG! Then swirl it and make the whooshing sound of a Catherine wheel. What other firework actions and sounds can they make until they’ve filled the page? Even toddlers can play this game!
5) Pattern a plate: a fun way to create a Diwali Rangoli picture
You’ll need: a paper plate, crayons
Rangoli patterns are circular, so a paper plate makes a perfect base. Simply ask your child to draw and colour repeating patterns on the plate. They can copy this one or create their own. See if they can make the shapes and colours symmetrical. Can they include circles, spots, waves and petals?