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KaBoom! DIY Scratch-Paper Fireworks to Spark Her Creativity

fireworks design

This DIY scratch-art project is perfect to get into the spirit of Independence Day: Even very young artists can create brilliant fireworks bursting across the night sky. Gather your family, make a stack of scratch paper ahead of time, and take it with you on your fireworks-watching party for everyone to enjoy. Or, if your kids are too young to stay up for the July 4 show, this project lets them experience the rocket’s red glare—and still be in bed good and early. 

Materials:
  • Crayons
  • White cardstock
  • Black tempera paint
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Sponge-type paint brush
  • Forks, sticks, or other tools for scratching your picture
Directions:
  1. Cut your card stock to the desired size.
  2. Color the full surface of the card stock with crayons. The more colors the better: Try different patterns and make the card stock is well-covered. Gather your group! Go color crazy!
  3. Mix one part black tempera paint and one part liquid laundry detergent. 
paintbrush and bowl
  1. Using the sponge-type paint brush, paint over colored cardstock. Let it dry. (It can be difficult to wait until the scratch paper dries, but this is important.) Not that you may need 2 to 3 coats, so make sure you make these ahead of time.
hand with paintbrush 
  1. Once the cards are completely dry, the whole family can create their own version of fireworks using any number of materials to scratch off the paint. The results are brilliant!  
Talking Art!
  • Ask your children about the colors and patterns they chose to color or scratch in their art. Did they make circles? Bursts? Zigzags?  What is their favorite scratch tool to use?
  • Share your own story: Tell your child about a memory you have of watching fireworks when you were a child.
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