While they may not be a favorite of our furry, four legged friends, fireworks sure can be a joy to watch. The vibrant colors, the fizzling sounds, the grand finale! Watching fire works during a celebration can be a great experience for all ages, young and old.

Our fireworks process art project brings the joy of fireworks to life, without the noise of course. I love that it requires simple materials that you probably already having lying around.

Preschool process art for the 4th of July.

Recommended Grade Level:

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks Supplies:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Red craft paint
  • Blue craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Red glitter
  • Blue glitter
  • White cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate

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Learning With Kid-Friendly Preschool Process Art

firework art project


Art for kids can be a therapeutic process as well as help children celebrate their hard work and imagination.

The fun firework art for kids uses toilet paper roll art. What a great way to recycle and reuse materials already found in your house!

In addition to learning about art made from toilet paper rolls, you can pose additional questions to young learners:

  • What would be different if I used paper towel rolls instead of toilet paper rolls?
  • What other colors could I use for fireworks?
  • What are the step by step instructions that you followed to make the 4th of July art?
  • What other process art ideas could you use to make 4th of July art projects?
Completed fireworks art project.

Why is Art Important For Preschoolers?

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You can focus on specific vocabulary words including:

  • Patriotic craft
  • Painting
  • Texture
  • Creation
Blue and red fireworks on white paper.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Art?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the art can help them understand and appreciate the world a little bit better.

Spreading Creativity

When young children take a chance and create a masterpiece, like the firework art preschool project, they can gain confidence in their abilities. When children are confident, they are more likely to continue experimenting with art.

Connect with Nature

The more children know and understand about the natural world, the more they will connect and understand to natural surroundings. Find art outside with tree bark, seashells, and butterflies.

Understand Patterns

There are many examples of patterns throughout our lives. Clothing designs, architecture, and seasons are just a few. Help your child identify the patterns in the art work they see around them.

Math in Art

Art contains many math concepts that children can learn about. Patterns, geometry, and coloring sorts are just to name a few.

How To Make the 4th of July Art Preschool Project

How to Make This Fireworks Paintings

Step One:

Make even cuts about halfway up the toilet paper roll all around the bottom of the roll. 

Gently push the cuts outward until they lay almost flat on a surface. 

Repeat this step on another toilet paper roll.

Cut toilet paper tubes ready to make the fireworks art.

Step Two:

Pour craft paint on a paper plate in a circle. Use a paintbrush to evenly distribute the paint. 

Dip the toilet paper roll into the paint. To make sure all of the strips are covered, use the end of a paintbrush to gently press down into the paint. Continue this step until the strips are evenly covered. 

Press the toilet paper tubes into the red and blue paint so that all the strips are covered in paint.

Step Three:

Gently press the painted toilet paper roll down onto the white cardstock. Again, to make sure the roll prints well onto the page, use the end of the paintbrush to press each strip down onto the paper. 

Gently lift the toilet paper roll off of the page and set aside. Pour desired amount of glitter onto the wet paint. Shake off and dispose of excess glitter

Blue and red fireworks on white paper.

Step Four:

Repeat the steps above for the other paint color and the other toilet paper roll. Create the desired amount of fireworks on the white cardstock paper. 

Set aside to dry. Display!

Completed fireworks art project.

4th of July Crafts

4th of July firework crafts for kids are a colorful way to display the American flag in all it’s glory. Use art to learn about our country’s history and the meaning of our flag.

Process Art Painting

Use bouncy balls and red, white, and blue paints to create a 4th of July process art painting!

Drawing Fireworks

Give your child black construction paper along with different colored crayons, chalk, or pastels to create their own beautiful fireworks.

Sensory Bottle

Create a patriotic sensory bottle exploding with flag themed colors and glitter.

Ice Cube Painting

A great way to practice process art is with ice cube painting. This is a great art project to cool you off on a hot day!

Sensory Bin

Continue the celebration and hands on fun with a patriotic themed sensory bin. So many different colored items celebrating our independence.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.Β 

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