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Second Grade July 4th/Independence Day Activities: Fireworks Painting

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Who knew that nothing but a recycled plastic bag and tempera paint could be so much fun? This Fourth of July, create some explosive colors on black paper for fun Fourth of July decorations! Fireworks come in all shapes and sizes, and your child can explore the fun and simplicity of making lots of vibrant marks!

What You Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Colorful tempera paint
  • White plastic bag
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate

What You Do:

  1. Start by encouraging your child to do some research about fireworks by visiting your local library or going online. Fireworks are often used for celebrating special days and events, just like Fourth of July!
  2. Invite your child to get out a black sheet of construction paper and brainstorm colors he thinks of when imagining fireworks.
  3. Help him get out those colors of tempera paint and squeeze a small amount of each color onto a paper plate.
  4. Now, the fun part! Invite your child to re-use a plastic grocery bag to create colorful fireworks! He can use scissors to cut a small square of the grocery bag, about 4 "x 4" in size, and then crumple it up into a ball.
  5. Invite your child to gently press the crumpled-up  bag onto the plate with the colorful tempera paint and then dab it on the black construction paper. He’ll start seeing fireworks all over his paper!
  6. Encourage your child to continue pressing the bag into the paint and dabbing onto his paper until the entire area is covered.
  7. Find a spot to share the finished fireworks in your house in celebration of your own Fourth of July celebrations!

Did you know: fireworks originated in China over 2,000 years ago? Since then they’ve evolved in shape and size!

Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.

Updated on Aug 15, 2013
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