For the painting bit:
– Plastic activity mat.
– Old clothes/aprons for you and your child.
– Paints in lots of bright colours (water based, non toxic).
– Glitter (if you want to!).
– Toilet rolls/cracker pieces (saved from Christmas).
– Sticky tape.
– Paper plates.
– Wipes and old towels.
For the decoration bit:
– Black card for silhouette.
– White/coloured card for New Year’s banner.
– PVA glue.
– Permanent markers/felt tip pens.
Step 1: Preparation.
Cut multiple strips into the toilet rolls and sticky tape the crackers pieces together to make a tube (see picture). This is what you will use for your firework mark-making
Then set up your table/floor with your plastic activity mat, paints on paper plates, firework mark-making tools and card (put out other sponges/brushes incase your child wants to use them as well). Make sure you and your child are wearing old clothes/aprons. Prepare for fireworks!
Step 2: Firework experimenting time!!
This activity is all about experimentation: first show your child how to dip the firework mark-making tools into the paint and then press them onto the card/paper to make firework marks. Your child will then hopefully copy you and have lots of fun making bright colourful marks.
Whilst the paint is still wet help your child to sprinkle some glitter onto the painting to give it a sparkly feel (you can leave this part out if you want to).
Step 3; Tidy tidy tidy up!
I did this activity at the table and compared to other activities my son was not as messy but, he still needed a good wipe down and bath! I then soaked the reusable equipment and washed it properly later.
Step 4: Decoration time!
I did this part on my own as my son is too young to use scissors, but if you have an older child they could help you. I drew a silhouette of the London sky line onto the black card – I searched online for one to copy then adapted it to how I wanted it (see photo at top of blog). However, you can do any skyline you like depending on where you live (I tried a Paris one too). I stuck the silhouette to the bottom of the painting (once it had dried). I used pens to write ‘Happy New Year 2018’ on card and then stuck this to the top of the painting like a banner. You could draw directly onto your painting if you have the space.
Now you have a lovely New Years painting, why not incorporate it into a photo to send to family and friends wishing them a happy new year!
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