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Salt & Glue Fireworks| Fine Motor Skills 4th of July Craft

Get ready for the 4th of July by making a festive and easy fireworks craft! 

fireworks craft for kids

Red, White, and Blue and Summer-time make me think of.... fireworks!  They are one of my favorite parts of the 4th of July celebration.  My favorite ones are those that make the "fizzy" sound after they explode.  So today, we are sharing a fun craft inspired by this Fourth of July tradition: Salt and Glue Fireworks Art.

Your kiddos will love this 4th of July twist with salt and glue!
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Fireworks Craft for Kids 

We made fireworks by putting a unique Red, White, and Blue twist on the classic salt and glue art activity. 

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How to Make Salt & Glue Fireworks

First comes the glue.... 

Begin making "firework-like" designs with the white glue on black paper, such as asterisks and swirls.

{Squeezing the glue is great for strengthening those little hands!  Bonus if you have the squeezeable glue pens!}

salt and glue fireworks 4th of July kid craft

Then comes the salt...

Fair warning, that you may want to have an extra package of salt for your cooking purposes.   You want the salt to land ON the glue, but even trying to show my kids how to sprinkle the salt on using fingers and/or with a spoon... it was much easier to just dump piles of salt and then tilt the picture side to side to spread the salt over the glue.

Dump the excess salt in the trash, or dump it into a bowl if planning on making more Salt & Glue Fireworks!

Salt Fireworks 4th of July Craft for Kids

Then comes the watered down food coloring....

{Squeezing the pipettes encourages strengthening those fine motor muscles!}

The kids convinced me that fireworks were LOTS of different colors-- not just red and blue, so their fireworks were much more colorful!  

Gently encourage your children to drop the water on the salt, otherwise the rest of your paper will look very watered down.

Adding food coloring - salt and glue fireworks kid craft

Enjoy your Salt and Glue Fireworks!

I just love the fireworks against the black construction paper! Looks like they are exploding in the night sky-- just like real ones!

Not only is this a festive twist on the classic salt and glue craft, but it's great for working on fine motor skills, too.  Kids of all ages, but especially preschoolers will love squeezing the glue, pouring salt, and squirting colored water to make fireworks!  I mean, I even had fun creating my own fireworks scene!

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10 comments on "Salt & Glue Fireworks| Fine Motor Skills 4th of July Craft"
  1. Oh I LOVE these!!! How fun!! Off to pin! :)

  2. Laura Marschel9:01 AM, May 30, 2014

    So colorful and fun, and such awesome fine motor practice! So cool!

  3. BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

  4. TheresJustOneMommy9:52 AM, May 31, 2014

    Love this! They look great! Pinned!

  5. School Time Snippets8:23 AM, June 01, 2014

    Thanks, Blayne! The kiddos had a great time with the process : )

  6. Fun idea! Thank you for sharing.

  7. These are so pretty - and I love all the fine motor action going on! :)

  8. Very neat! I have two lo's who will love it!

  9. Anna Waters Krug5:35 PM, June 26, 2014

    Do you let the glue & salt dry before putting on the watered down food coloring, or do it while the salt on the glue is still wet?

  10. School Time Snippets8:55 AM, June 27, 2014

    Hi Anna, when we did this activity we didn't let the glue and salt dry-- although my only warning if you do not wait is to *not* pick up the paper until it is all dried or tip it up anyway, or else the excess glue or water will run. But either way would work!


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