Sprinkle Fireworks

This activity couldn't be any easier.  To go along with our 4th of July books we made some pictures of fireworks from ice cream sprinkles and water.

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 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.   I'm bummed that it's out of print and the prices on Amazon are outrageous.  I'd really like to own a copy of this book.

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!

*I came up with this idea when I saw a wet paper towel by the sink. It had sprinkles from a donut on it and the sprinkles had started to bleed color onto the paper towel.  If you ask me, stuff like that is just one more reason not to stress about a messy house.  Then again, maybe I'm just looking for excuses...

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22 comments:

  1. What a fun idea!! We will definitely have to give this one a try and perhaps use it at our 4th of July BBQ. I'm going to pin it so I remember it. Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. I love this! Just pinned it (after seeing it on Pinterest). Definitely a great activity for this afternoon post-camp. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Aww, that's a cute and fun idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I never thought of doing that with sprinkles! My kids will love this on the 4th.

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  5. THIS is a great idea- I'm pinning it - thanks !!!

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  6. Oooh how cute! What a lovely and fun idea.

    Thank you so much for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

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  7. Hey, stopping by from kbn/kids co-op link up. I just love this idea. We love simple fun over here. We will have to try this out. Going to pin. Thanks for sharing-frogs and snails and puppy dog tails

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  8. Very cute idea, we did bubbles and food coloring to make fireworks.

    Momma's Fun World

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  9. Pretty much pure awesomeness, as usual from you! My boys have been on a spraying kick, so they will love this. Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase. I'm pinning this to a few boards, love it!

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  10. This is a fun idea. Very creative.

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  11. Oh wow, what a brilliant idea! I have done marker pen on wet kitchen towel before and loved that, can't wait to give this a try!

    Thanks for stopping by The Sunday Showcase, hope to see you there again next week!

    Charlotte
    makedoandfriend.com

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  12. Super creative idea!! So simple & looks AMAZING!! thanks for sharing at TGIF! I can't wait to try this!! Have a great 4th!

    Beth

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  13. LOVE this idea. I was looking for a last minute 4th of July activity and this is perfect. This is my first time visiting and I will definitely be returning for more ideas.
    Jamie
    http://sjthomeschool.blogspot.com/

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  14. I love the effect of the sprinkles on the wet paper!

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  15. Fantastic, how imaginative! Thanks for linking to Science Sparks.

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  16. What a great idea! So simple, too. I love it!

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  17. Cool! I think this would turn into arts and snacks time with my buddies. And if I give my buddies ice cream sprinkles, chances are, they're going to want some ice cream to go along with it! I'd better wait for summer:)

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  18. What a great way for the little ones to get crafty! Love this!

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  19. Saw this on Pinterest, and I love it!! Can I find ice cream sprinkles at the grocery store or do I need to go to a specialty store?

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    1. Thanks! I got them from a grocery store and have seen them at Target.

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