Friday, July 1, 2011

4th of July Pasta Fireworks Craft for Kids

You can't celebrate Independence Day without fireworks! We're enjoying a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show a little early thanks to the homemade pasta noodle fireworks hanging from our dining room chandelier. The pasta fireworks sparkle as much as the real deal, and they are a whole lot quieter and safer.

Fireworks Craft Materials:
variety of pasta shapes
Glue (we used Elmer's School Glue)
Waxed Paper
Glitter 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!

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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?


ibeeeg said...

This is a fantastic post! I love the craft idea, and the book list is great. I was just thinking this morning that I let this holiday fall through the cracks in terms of reading. My library is closed on Friday so there is no way to obtain books now. sigh...

The craft, however, I think I will do with the little kids of this family.

Jackie Higgins said...

oooh, I love these! I wonder if we can squeeze them in this afternoon so they'll be ready for the 4th! I pinned this!

Susan said...

Thanks for linking to Favorite Resource This Week!

I think the pasta fireworks are great, and you have a very nice list of Fourth of July books :)

I was making a small display at the library where I work of Fourth of July books...two that might interest you are McDuff Saves the Day by Rosemary Wells and Fourth of July Bear by Kathryn Lasky.

Toddler Approved said...

Thanks for the fun booklist! We don't have any books about fireworks... so I'll have to add one or two of these to our collection. I love your pasta creations too! Thanks for sharing them on our little link up today! :)

Anonymous said...

The craft project looks like fun!

I bet these would make nice ornaments for Christmas. Just use silver, gold, and sparkly white glitter in place of the red and blue glitter.

Isil Simsek said...

I love this pasta craft.Very pretty!
Would love it if you linked up Book Sharing

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Love the craft and thank you for the list of fireworks books! I'll have to keep them in mind for next year.