Fireworks Craft Materials:
variety of pasta shapes
Glue (we used Elmer's School Glue)
Squirt a large circle of glue on a piece of wax paper. Create an exploding fireworks shape by positioning the pasta partially in the glue to make a pattern radiating outward from the center. Use different lengths and types of pasta to add dimension.
Sprinkle glitter on the fireworks and/or use a little glitter glue to add some sparkle.
Allow the pasta fireworks shape to dry fully before peeling off the waxed paper. (Ours took about two days to dry.) If you want to hang the fireworks decoration, tie a piece of string to one of the noodles.
For a little nighttime fun, try photographing the pasta fireworks against the dark evening sky. Capturing the pasta fireworks on camera is a lot easier than trying to photograph actual fireworks!
Last year we featured our favorite children's picture book containing fireworks ... Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer. Since then we've discovered several other books that portray a fireworks show. It's amazing how many different ways illustrators depict a fireworks display.
Books with Fourth of July Fireworks:
Apple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Summer Beat by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Charlotte Middleton
Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by Doug Cushman
Hats Off for the Fourth of July! by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Gustaf Miller
Night's Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley
Jake Johnson : the story of a mule by by Tres Seymour, illustrated by Marcia Gray Carrington
Other picture books that depict fireworks:
The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Cake Girl by David Lucas
The Fabulous Firework Family by James Flora
Our book list is a work in progress. Do you know of any other books with illustrations of fireworks?