My children love sparkler fireworks but as a mum I find them a bit scary and worry about possible accidents and burns! Don’t you?
Here’s a fun and easy firework craft so your children can make their own safe ‘sparklers’ to enjoy again and again.
These play sparklers have a lovely crackling sound to them too that makes the firework experience all the more life-like! I think they’re a great way for children to re-enact and play make-believe firework celebrations all year round.
Whether you’re celebrating Bonfire Night, the Fourth of July, New Year or a birthday, this sparkler firework craft will be a great addition to the festivities and when they’re not being played with they double up to make colourful and fun table decorations too.
Supplies To Make A Homemade Firework Toy
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How To Make A Homemade Firework Toy
- Cut a sheet of tin foil to the same size size as the A4 cellophane. Choose two colours of cellophane and sandwich the tin foil between them.
- Lengthways fold the 3 layers in half or nearly in half. Here we’ve folded it nearly in half which gives different lengths of tassels in the finished firework craft. Folding the sheets in half will mean that all the tassel lengths are all the same. There is no right or wrong, it’s really just a matter of personal choice. Maybe you could make a few and try different lengths for each one?
- From the open end cut strips towards the fold being careful not to actually cut through the fold itself. Continue cutting strips all along the length of the sheets of cellophane and foil. This is great activity for building fine motor skills. young children might find it a bit tricky to cut through lots of layers at the same time. if they do just cut each layer separately and slide them back together afterwards.
- Wrap the cut cellophane and foil tightly around the end of straw using sticky tape every now and again to secure it. If you don’t like the look of the sticky tape you could use glue. I prefer to use sticky tape because I find that often children want to play with their firework craft straight away and don’t want to have to wait for glue to dry before they can start whizz, bang, popping!
- Continue rolling until all of the cellophane and foil is tightly wrapped and stuck around the end of the straw.
- Gently open out all the individual layered strips to give a wonderful pom-pom like head to your homemade firework sparkler toy.
Children will love the gentle crackling sound the tin foil makes when they shake and whizz-pop their toy sparklers around, it helps make them seem quite real!
We only get a few opportunities to enjoy fireworks throughout the year so this homemade firework craft is great for letting children have their own firework celebrations again and again through out the whole year. What a fabulous pretend play opportunity and a great way to practise all those firework based words that they don’t get to hear day-to-day otherwise.