Fireworks paper plates

It’s Bonfire Night this week so I have been talking to ToddlerGirl about fireworks to prepare her for our own little bonfire party we are having at a friend’s house. It didn’t mean much to her last year but this year she is fascinated by the idea of fireworks. I showed her a couple of displays on YouTube and she has been asking to see them every day!

Fireworks paper plates - cuddles & muddles & muddy puddles

We made a simple, sparkly fireworks collage earlier in the week but, since our floors and furniture are already covered in a glistening sheen, I thought we might do something a little more extravagant and have some REAL fun with the glitter!

I was looking at our stock of paper plates and realised that their round shape would make the perfect canvas for a firework, with some paint and a lot of glitter to decorate.

Step one for creating our fireworks was to paint the plates in red, green, silver and gold. ToddlerGirl always enjoys painting, so this was a fun afternoon activity in itself. I told her that this was the first stage of making our fireworks paintings and she took her job of ensuring every inch of the plate was covered very seriously. We then left the plates overnight to dry thoroughly.

The next day, we were ready to begin step two, which was where the real fun lay. Yes, it was time to get out the glitter!

Making fireworks with paper plates

I had an idea for making some patterns with glue that the glitter would then stick to. ToddlerGirl watched as I squeezed the glue in a spiral pattern onto one plate and a (sort of) star shape on another. I then let her loose with the glitter, encouraging her to sprinkle this liberally over the plates until they were covered. I then lifted the plates up and shook the glitter off. Hey presto, the glitter remained stuck to the glue patterns and our first fireworks were made! ToddlerGirl was impressed.

I wanted to give her a chance to be a bit more hands on with the glue, though, so I let her blob this onto the next couple of plates. She knew what to do next, adding great handfuls of glitter on top. I also had some tiny sequin stars that I put in a milk bottle cap, thinking she’d sprinkle these as well. No, she had other ideas and poured the entire contents of the cap over the plates! I shook them carefully to dislodge the pieces that hadn’t stuck and we were left with two more fireworks creations.

Next, I got out our glitter glue pens. These are a great option for glitter with less mess and ToddlerGirl loves using them. They give her finger muscles some good exercise as well, as she needs to squeeze hard to get the glue out. She chose another couple of plates and had fun squeezing and spreading the glitter glue around. A few more teeny stars were added for good measure.

Fireworks paper plates

After we’d finished decorating all the plates, we left them to dry overnight again. The next day, I stuck three of the plates onto a long strip of black card and hung them on the wall. The remaining plates were stuck to our patio windows. All of our fireworks look amazing – the glitter patterns and splodges on the painted plates really do give the impression of fireworks bursting in the sky. They look particularly striking with the black card as a background and I love the ones on our windows, especially once it is dark and we can pretend they are real fireworks in the night sky.

This was absolutely a messy activity. There was glitter everywhere, despite my best efforts to keep it contained. But it was also a huge amount of fun to do. ToddlerGirl positively revelled in the freedom of sprinkling handfuls of glitter over our artwork and her enjoyment was infectious!

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