Shake some ice cream sprinkles on white paper. (I think you need actual ice cream sprinkles and not cake sprinkles.)
Stop to taste test:
Mist lightly with water.
The color from the sprinkles will start to transfer to the paper.
Let dry and brush off the sprinkles.
Or not, depending on the artist's preference.
Wah lah! Safe and quiet fireworks!
Our favorite 4th of July books:
We checked out Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney!from the library and it is the perfect book for preschoolers: amazing illustrations and short rhyming text. It really does feel like the 4th of July. Jenny rides her bike through town and sees people preparing for the parade, celebrating new citizenship, getting ready to give speeches, and having a picnic.
Apple Pie Fourth of July is about a girl who cannot make her Chinese parents understand that people will not buy their food on the 4th of July. Nobody wants egg rolls or chow mein today. They are too busy watching the parade and eating apple pie. But she's in for a surprise!