Independence Day is quickly approaching, I am seeing fireworks frequently at night. The fireworks look beautiful against the dark sky and my children get very excited to watch a free show from our balcony. Then, they ask the dreadful question: Mommy, can we get firecrackers?". In my head, I am screaming, “Absolutely not! You might lose a finger.” As a parent, I am sure you would never want to put your children in danger for the sake of having a little fun. I told them firecrackers were off limits, but there is a fun and safe way to create the look of fireworks bursting into the air without actually using firecrackers. They were intrigued…
Gather your materials:
Step 1: Cut a piece of paper the width of the toilet paper roll. Then, glue or tape the paper. You can also use markers or crayons to decorate the roll if you choose not to wrap it with paper.
Step 2: Cut off the top half of the balloon and place it on one end of the toilet paper roll.
Step 3: Place a piece of tape around the balloon to secure it.
Step 4: Use your hole puncher to punch holes into the red, white, and blue paper. I like to do all 3 at once to save time. If you do not have a hole puncher, you can simply ask your child to cut or tear small pieces of paper. Regardless of which method you use to get the small pieces of paper, they are all targeting fine motor skills.
Step 5: Place all the paper pieces into the toilet paper roll.
Step 6: Your confetti popper is ready for use. Pinch the bottom of the balloon, pull it down as far as it will allow you and release. The kids will love this step!
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Hi, I am Odessa. I'm a mom of two wonderful children and a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Childhood Education with over 10 years of PreK and Kindergarten experience. I am a lover of all things literacy for children and their curiosity of the world. Get comfy and click around my site. I hope you find something you'll like, and something your kids will love! P.S. Akwaaba means 'welcome' :)
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