Get ready for Fourth of July by creating pipe cleaner fireworks. You can use these fireworks for fine motor development, counting activities, and process art! So many July 4th preschool activities from just a few materials.
July 4th Preschool Activities with Firework Pipe Cleaners
Last week I was helping the boys pick up their playroom. With three boys under 4, you could imagine the amount of creativity that exploded onto the floor. Paper, hole punchers, pipe cleaners. It was an endless amount of “stuff”.
And we all know preschoolers.
One minute they are putting things away, and the next they have discovered how pipe cleaners can be twisted together to make a design. As frustrating as this can be, it also sparked the most wonderful idea!
Did you know that when you twist multiple pipe cleaners together it begins to look like a firework? May I also add that the twisting is fabulous for fine motor development? Boom. With Fourth of July on the horizon, we had something fun to look forward to.
You can do this with your toddler and preschooler today! Below I share 2 creative ideas to involve your preschooler in getting excited about this Fourth of July.
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Count the Sparks #1
Practice counting with a Fourth of July math game. After twisting multiple red and blue pipe cleaners together, place them aside. On a large poster board, write different corresponding numbers. We used fireworks with 6, 8, and 10 sparks. Have your preschooler count the edges and match on your board.
Pipe Cleaner Fireworks Process Art #2
Use your pipe cleaner fireworks to make stamps!
Here, it is more the process than the product. My three-year-old and four-year-old loved making a fireworks poster. They began by placing the pipe cleaner firework in the red and blue paint and ended with color mixing the two.
Materials for Our July 4th Preschool Activities
Fireworks Counting Game
Fireworks Stamp Poster
- Red Pipe Cleaners
- Blue Pipe Cleaners
- Red Paint
- Blue Paint
- Large White Paper
- Shower Curtain to protect your surface
Quick and Easy Steps for Setup
For both activities, simply gather read and blue pipe cleaners. Twist about 3 or four together at a time so the sparkler amounts are varied.
For the Fireworks Math Counting Game, simply set up your foam board with the written corresponding numbers.
For the Fireworks Stamp Process Art, hang up a large white sheet of paper and place a couple drops of red and blue paint where your preschoolers can reach them. I like to have my preschoolers work on a shower curtain so I can easily hose everything down (child included) in the end.
I am certain both of my boys will forever remember that blue and red make purple. They even got creative with making handprint fireworks. Again, cue the hose.
Once we made these pipe cleaners fireworks, we just couldn’t stop finding ways to use them in our fine motor, counting, and process art play. We know you will love these as much as we do. Which of these July 4th preschool activities will you try first?
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