With Independence Day right around the corner, I’ve been sharing several simple July 4th crafts and activities for preschoolers and toddlers. Yesterday, we decided that we would paint some fireworks in anticipation of the fireworks show! And, what could make a better brush than the dandelions right in our backyard.
Supplies for Dandelion Fireworks
- kid-friendly paints
Now, you have to neglect cutting your grass long enough to grow dandelions. This was not a problem for us, but if your yard is too well manicured, you might need to stop by a park (or neighbor’s yard).
How to Make Dandelion Fireworks
Give your kids some paint and dandelions. I used an old ice cube tray as a palette.
The dandelions make the prettiest firework prints if you blot them a little on a paper towel after dipping the dandelions in the paints. But, since my kids were just preschool and toddler age, I just let them paint however they wanted to. I figure that we had enough rules like “please don’t put the paint in your hair” without adding special dandelion rules.
My preschooler added his own special fireworks sound effects while painting. I love that, because it showed how engaged his imagination was during the art process.
While we painted, we talked about the fireworks show and what to expect. I’m hoping that my briefing will help keep the tears away during the actual show.
Do you like this preschool art project? You may be interested in my other July 4th crafts for preschoolers: Fireworks in a Bottle (no explosives included), Stars and Stripes Basket, and July 4th Picnic Decorations.
Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a mom, weekly Greenville News columnist, and blogger also at Kidding Around Greenville SC. Welcome to my parenting blog No Twiddle Twaddle, all about adding a little magic to kids’ lives through play and reading. If you are new, don’t miss my popular posts: 10 Tips for Reading to Babies, Skin Therapy Play Dough, and 10 Lessons Motherhood Taught Me.