Red, White and Blue: Paper Towel Roll Fireworks Art

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Although toddlers are still a little young to understand exactly why we celebrate this holiday, it’s not too early introduce a basic concept of patriotism. For our first red, white and blue craft, we created a piece of art inspired by one of my fondest memories of celebrating the Fourth of July with my family as a child: fireworks!

Craft/Activity/Snack: Paper towel Roll Fireworks Art
Objective: To create a fireworks style piece of art using a paper towel roll as the medium
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, color recognition
Suggested Reading: Daniel’s First Fireworks by Becky Friedman
Materials: white paper (we used a thicker, card stock type), paper towel roll cut in half, red and blue paint, scissors, large plates to be used as a paint palette

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After you have cut the paper towel roll in half, start cutting the roll upwards to create a “fringe” on it, as shown below. Don’t worry too much about it being even. I leave about 1-1 1/2″ at the top for little hands to grasp when they are doing their painting. When you have finished cutting, it should look like this sea creature:

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Next, we put the blue paint on the first plate.  We spread it out and made sure to “twirl” the roll on the paint.  Then, let your little one stamp away.  You will see it makes a cool firework effect on the paper! We repeated the process with the red paint and other roll.

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Maddy had SO much fun doing this, she ended up doing three papers worth! Have fun and experiment with glitter paint, making the fringe on the rolls wider, using larger pieces of paper, etc.  Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @crafternoonplaydate with photos of your fireworks!


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