4th of July Preschool Art

For fireworks, pour watered down tempera paint on a paper plate or shallow container; have kids dip toothbrushes in paint, bend brisltes back with fingers onto black construction paper. Creates a neat “spray” design. Sprinkle lightly with glitter for an even more sparkley effect.

Blow Painting:

Give each child a white piece of construction paper and a straw. Explain that you will be dropping a few drops of tempera paint (diluted red and blue) on their papers. Once the paint is on the paper, they are to blow the paint around with the straw to look like fireworks.

Fire Crackers:

Have the children make “4th of July Firecrackers” by painting a toilet paper tube red, white, or blue. After paint has dried, glue red, white and blue crepe paper streamers to tube. For variation, close off one end and fill with rice; then close off to make a noise shaker. After ends are glued shut, then glue on streamers. Children can stick on stars. Then play a variety of patriotic songs such as Yankee Doodle, Stars and Stripes Forever, You’re a Grand Old Flag, etc. and let the children march and dance to the music.

Independence Day Bells: Give each child a paper cup and sheet of tinfoil and have them “wrap” the cup creating a silver bell.Help children poke popsicle sticks through top of “bell”, securing popsicle stick with tape. Let each child thread a short piece of string/yarn through a bead or washer and tie to inside portion of popsicle stick.Have children decorate bells as desired.

Another way to make “fireworks” is to put a small dab of red and blue paint on a white sheet of paper and give the children straws to “blow paint.” By blowing into the straw onto the paint, it will cause the paint to spread and look like fireworks. Fun! Fun!



  • Kathy January 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Decorate oatmeal boxes for use as percussion instruments. Read a preschool July 4th book, or a parade themed book (Pippa at the Parade is a good preschool example). Then stage your own preschool parade.

  • daym June 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Pom Pom Fireworks

    This is sooooooooooooooo easy and fun.

    You will need spring clothespins, pom poms, paper, and paint.

    Attach a pom pom to a clothespin. Dip the pom pom in paint. Splatter away!!

    Use different sizes of pom poms to see what different kinds of fireworks you can create!

  • meme June 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I like to make handprint flags with my class. it’s so easy, too!! It’s a two day process.

    Day 1: Each child will receive a large white piece of paper. Have them dip their hand in blue paint and stamp it in the upper left corner (the stars). Let dry.

    Day 2: Let the children paint red stripes on the paper. Let dry.

    Voila!!!! A cool flag!! You could do this for all the Patriotic Days.

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