Toilet Roll Fireworks
Summer means warm weather, outdoor fun, and fireworks! My kids are obsessed with the decorations and fun of the 4th of July! To get ready, we made these fun toilet paper roll fireworks. The kids had a great time painting them and have loved marching around with the streamers flying behind them. They are all set for the parades!
How we did it:
- toilet paper tubes
- construction paper - red, white, or blue
- crepe paper - red, white, and blue
- star foil stickers
- washable paint and brushes - red, white, and blue
Gather all materials. I always keep a basket in the bathroom to collect toilet paper rolls. You never know when a good project will come along!
The kids painted their toilet paper rolls with red, white, and blue washable paints. My 4-year-old made stripes on hers. My 2-year-old just painted in abstract bursts, but all of them turned out beautifully. We always put our paint on paper plates for easy clean-up, but you could also use old applesauce or baby food containers.
Once the toilet paper rolls dried, the kids put foil star stickers on them. My 3 and 4-year-olds were able to do this with little assistance. My 2-year-old had some trouble with this, but was able to put them on once I helped him remove them from the sticker sheet. This is a fun way for little ones to practice their fine motor skills.
For the top of their fireworks, we traced a cup and cut out a circle. By cutting a line to the center of the circle (like a radius), we were able to create a cone shape.
I added a line of glue to keep the cones closed and the kids helped me count to 10 while we pressed firmly to seal our cones.
The kids then added a line of glue around the top of the toilet paper roll and glued their cones to the top.
To simulate the fire when the fireworks shoot into the air, we cut off about 6 inches of streamers in red, white, and blue and glued them to the inside bottom of the toilet paper roll. The kids loved the effect of the streamers as they flew their fireworks through the air.