Thursday, 1 November 2012

Firework Painting: Pipe Cleaner Printing

It's Bonfire night on the 5th November here in the UK.  So we've been busy making firework pictures printing with paint and pipe cleaners.

I've found print based art a great way to do art that includes both the girls (age 4 and 2).  It's great for exploring colour mixing, fine motor skills and visual-spatial skills without being too difficult for my younger daughter. 

Pipe cleaners make great items for printing, they don't get too clogged up with paint, only take a couple of minutes to make and they even have a little handle for little hands to hold.

To choose the colours we wanted Little Chick and I had a look online for some firework pictures, so we had red, blue, yellow, green, purple, silver and pink - including lots of glitter paints of course!

The girls got busy printing.

Little Chick was really taken with looking at how the colours mixed when she printed different colours on top of each other.

Shoeshine was very busy making lots of prints with lots of different colours.

Here is one of Little Chick's finished pictures (above).

And another one of hers.

And this one of Shoeshine's pictures (above).  The both did a production line's worth of pictures until we needed to get cleared up to go out.

Last year we did Firework Splatter Painting Art outside for our bonfire night inspired pictures.

Looking forward now to seeing some real fireworks.


  1. Oooh how fun! These look great. Looks like you had a lovely time.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


    1. Thanks, much fun and sparkly mess!

  2. We had a go at this on tuesday... It was great fun, and the sparkly pictures look great :)

    1. Great to hear you had fun with this! Thanks so much for letting me know, it's really nice to hear when ideas have worked for other people too.

  3. love this idea.. have bookmarked to do on a rainy sunday with my 3 year old. he loves sparkles ;)


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