4th of July Preschool Art

POW! Paint from Big Messy Art

If you like messy and thrilling rolled into one exciting art project, this is it! Put the ingredients into a baggie, stand back, and POW! An explosive piece of art!


large piece of paper

paper towels


baking soda

measuring cups and spoons

thin, bright paint of any kind

white vinegar

zipper-closure plastic baggies


1. Spread out a large sheet of plain paper on the ground outside or in a nice big space inside.

2. Prepare the paint bags. Start by cutting a paper towel into fourths.

3. Put 2 tablespoons (30ml) baking soda into the middle of a paper towel square.

4. To make a paper towel pillow to hold the baking soda, fold over the sides and then the ends of the paper towel around the pile of baking soda. Place the pillow of baking soda into a baggie.

5.Add 2 teaspoons (10ml) paint to 1 cup (250ml) white vinegar. Pour the colored vinegar into the baggie with the baking soda pillow. Quickly close the baggie and place it on the big piece of paper. Stand back! The baking soda and vinegar will mix and pop the bag open to explode paint onto the paper.

6. Do many explosions for one painting or one explosion per painting.


Experiment with different types of paint or food coloring.

Use cardboard or extra heavy paper, bigger bags, and/or more ingredients.

4th of July Flags

Materials Needed: 1 12 in. long dowel rod (5/16 in. dia.), large stamp with 4th of July theme, 1 5 in. x 8 in. piece of white or ivory burlap, red or blue tempra paint, red blue or silver puff paint, silver or gold glitter, red blue or silver thin ribbon (like thatused for birthday gifts) and a hot glue gun.

This may sound like a lot of materials but some are optional depending on how much work and artistry you want to put in. I did this activity with a 3 1/2 year old and an eight year old. They loved it!

Steps: * Steps 1 and 2 I did before introducing the craft to the kids!*

1. Tightly wrap ribbon around dowel rod and glue on ends. This makes the rod look a lot nicer.

2. Hot glue the burlap piece to the top of the rod like a real flag.

3. Help the kids dip the stamp in the paint and press it down on their flag.

4. Allow them to use the puff paint to decorate the flag however they wish.

5. Help them sprinkle glitter on the wet paint to create a very sparkly and very patriotic flag!

Fire works

We took plain white paper and went outside. Next, we dropped Koosh balls in colored paint, and then dropped them on the paper. While the paint was still wet, we added glitter. The kids loved the part of throwing the balls. Being outside it was easy clean up!! This looked just like fireworks! We added a small poem:

I spy with my little eye
These bright colored fireworks
On the Forth of July