Creative

Firework painting

by Sue Colby November 1, 2017

Get crafty with some old toilet paper tubes, some poster paints and, of course, your Gratnells tray. Create colourful firework paintings in the classroom or at home and keep your workstations tidy.

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • use recycled materials to create a firework picture.

You will need (per person):

  • One Shallow (F1) Gratnells tray
  • Different coloured paints
  • Recycled toilet roll tubes
  • Scissors
  • A4 paper

What to do:

  • First, squirt a small amount of paint into a shallow Gratnells tray.
  • Then, cut some slits a third of the way down some toilet roll tubes and fan them outwards.
  • Press the fanned end of the toilet roll tube into the paint ensuring that all of the strips are covered.
  • Finally, press it down onto the paper to create your fireworks. Try using different coloured paint to make a full firework display.

Using a Gratnells tray for craft activities minimises mess and creates smaller workstations for an individual or a small group of children.

Other things to try…

  • Use glitter paint for an extra shimmer effect.
  • Add in some glitter to your coloured paint.

Curriculum links:

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Extend children’s experience and expand their imagination through the provision of pictures, paintings, poems, music, dance and story.

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Provide activities that give children the opportunity and motivation to practise manipulative skills, e.g. cooking, painting, clay and playing instruments.

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Provide materials to encourage large motor movements, e.g. sprinkling, throwing or spreading paint, glue, torn paper or other materials.

Key Stage 1-National curriculum- ArtTo use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Health and Safety

As with all Gratnells Learning Rooms What’s in my tray activities you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any of the activities with children.