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Family Friendly Fun With Fireworks

At Wicken Toys we're all about outdoor play, safe outdoor play.

So inspired by the whizzing and banging of the slightly premature fireworks going off outside tonight, here are some ideas for family friendly firework fun.

1. Draw Your Own Fireworks If the weather is good enough, you might want to do these outside, as they are all quite messy. There are a few ways to draw your own fireworks:

Sparkly Fireworks: If you have black craft paper, give your child some glue to cover the paper with. Ask them to imagine the direction fireworks move in, and recreate the path using the glue. Then just add glitter, lots and lots of glitter.

Waterproof Fireworks: Take a large piece of white paper, and use different coloured wax crayons to draw the shapes that fireworks make. Then wash over the paper with black paint to create the night sky, and watch the fireworks emerge from behind the paint.

Blow Painting: For each firework you will need to blob some watery paint near the top of the page, then use a straw to blow the paint outwards, and create a long downwards tail. Recreate with different colours as many times as you can fit on the page.

2. Make A Guy It's probably safest if you don't teach young children to set fire to scarecrows, but even if you don't plan on burning your Guy at the stake, you can still make one. Modern day fireworks displays are quite detached from the history of bonfire night, so by making a Guy together, you will have the opportunity to talk about the Gunpowder Plot and who Guy Fawkes was. For double educational value, give Guy a lesson on how to behave around fireworks, by handing him a sparkler, then theatrically telling him he should be wearing gloves, or standing him to close to where the fireworks will be lit, and then marching him back to a safe distance.

3. Glowing Fireworks You can buy a dozen glowsticks for around £1. Tape a few together, like spokes of a wheel, to create glow in the dark fireworks. Then when the Sun's gone down, the children can throw them in the air to create their very own fireworks display.

4. Make Rockets You'll need some empty kitchen roll tubes and coloured tissue paper. Use the tissue to make streamers for the tail of the rocket, and top it off with a cone made from rolled paper. Then climb to the top of the climbing frame or slide and launch the rockets skywards.

5. Edible Sparklers This is my favourite activity, not just because you get to eat it, but also because it's so simple for little children to join in. You'll need a box of chocolate fingers, a pot of sprinkles and some icing. Then all you need to do is dip the end of the chocolate fingers into the icing, then dip into the sprinkles. This works really well if you use coloured sugar crystals.

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