This Bonfire Night and Fireworks celebrations why not try out some of these explosive activities perfect for your little rockets. Lots of fun and easy to make the art and craft activities can be adapted for different abilities and age groups. There are also food ideas and recipes which are great for the family on bonfire night. The Fireworks safety poster can be downloaded and printed to show and read to the children.
Bonfire Night Art and Craft Activities
Bonfire Night Rocket
Equipment: a kitchen towel roll, coloured paper, cellotape and bright paint.
- Take a kitchen towel roll and paint it in a bright colour.
- Cut out a semi-circle piece of coloured paper and curl it round to make a cone and cellotape to hold in place then cellotape to the top of the kitchen roll.
- Cut out strips of coloured tissue paper and glue them on to the bottom edge of the roll for flames.
Make a Guy Fawkes
Using old clothes, stuff them with newspaper and tying off the ends of trousers and sleeves with string. Use a balloon or a brown paper bag for a head.
Take a straw and place a blob of paint on a piece of paper, whatever colour you wish. Blow down the straw to spread the paint across the paper. Move the straw in different directions as you blow to make the paint move in different ways. You could make a bonfire or fireworks exploding in the sky.
Coloured Chalk Fireworks and Bonfires
Coloured chalk on black paper looks great for fireworks and bonfires. To make the fireworks look even more effective use a piece of cotton wool or your finger to smudge the chalk to make it look misty and smoky. Use bright chalks to make the fireworks look bright. To make a Catherine wheel on the paper draw on a blob of chalk then using a finger in a circular movement smudge the chalk. Draw a line with a star on the top, smudge the star to make sparklers. For bonfires use oranges and yellows for fires and smudge slightly. Use white for the smoke of the bonfire and smudge. And use brown chalk to make the sticks and wood at the bottom.
Fireworks and Bonfire Collage
Using silver foil and tissue paper, tear up strips, roll up balls and layer the tissue and foil to make the fireworks. Experiment with different colours and see what looks the most effective. It also creates different textures for the children to feel and describe. Do the same for bonfire, but concentrate more on the oranges, browns and yellow materials to make the collage. Again experiment in tearing strips for sticks or fire; you could twist the strips to make it more textured.
Take some brown sticks from the garden or park and glue them to a piece of paper. If you cannot find brown sticks cut up some brown card. Use a dark piece of paper to create a more bonfire night look. Tear up strips of red, yellow, orange material i.e. tissue paper and glue them on to the paper above the sticks.
Make a Sparkler
Take a paper straw and paint it any colour you like. (You can use a plastic straw if you do not have a paper one and leave it un-painted). Cut out a star shape for the top of the straw, decorate it by painting it and sprinkle on some glitter and using sticky tape attach the star to the straw. Now they can wave their sparkler around, indoors or out.
Bonfire Night Food and Recipes
Bangers with Bonfire Jackets
Cook some sausages in a pan. Cook the jacket potatoes: Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Wash the potatoes well, dry them and prick several times with a fork. Pour some olive oil into your hands and rub over the potatoes, then scatter over some sea salt which should stick to the oil. Place directly on the shelf in the oven and bake for 1¼-1½ hours, depending on the size of the potato. When cooked, the potato should be golden-brown and crisp on the outside and give a little when squeezed. Next open the potato up by cutting in half. Then pour baked beans and cheese inside the potato this is to look like the fire of a bonfire.
Little Toffee Apple Cakes
- 150g soft unsalted butter
- 150g dark muscovado sugar
- 3 medium eggs, at room temperature
- 150g self-raising flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 100g ready-to-eat dried apple, finely chopped
- 40g mini butterscotch chips
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time until well incorporated.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder with a pinch of salt; mix to combine.
- Gently stir in the chopped dried apple and butterscotch chips.
- Divide the mixture between the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To finish the cakes off you can decorate them with toffee sauce or icing sugar. You could even use toffee flavoured sprinkles or curls on top.
Chocolate Finger Sparklers
Dip the end of a chocolate finger in hot water then into some sprinkles. Let them set before eating them.
Mulled Apple Juice
A great drink for the kids to have during bonfire night is warmed apple juice. Pour apple juice into a saucepan and add some strips of orange peel and warm for 5-10 minutes. Once cool enough for the children to drink, serve, you can add honey or sugar for a sweeter taste.
Bonfire Night Rhyme
A great rhyme for the children to learn at Bonfire Night is below telling them about Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder plot:
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
We see no reason,
Why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot.
Fireworks Safety Poster for children:
Click on the link to download and print a Fireworks Safety Poster on how the children can stay safe during bonfire night.