Sparkly Handprint Fireworks

This is a quick and fun little art activity, perfect for toddlers or preschoolers for  the Fourth of July.

You will need red paint, blue paint, a paper plate, a foam brush, glitter, white glue, ribbon, hole punch and scrap paper to punch.

First, paint your child’s hand with red paint (or let them press it onto a plate of paint), then make 3 to 4 handprints around a paper plate, with palm at the center and fingers pointing towards the sides.  Next paint your child’s hand with blue paint and print around the plate again, filling in the open areas.   I hung ours up to dry at this point, but it wasn’t really necessary since paper plates tend to dry quickly. This is how it should look:
Next, mix some white glue and glitter (your choice of color; we used silver) on a saucer, and paint it over the entire plate with a foam brush:
While the glue is still wet, sprinkle on some confetti.  We used red and blue circles and stars that we made with hole punches.  It would be neat to use foil for some of these, but I didn’t think of that until we were done. :)
Punch a hole at the top of the plate, thread some pretty ribbon through it and… handprint fireworks!  Matthew had a lot of fun with this, and I like how it turned out.

A close up:

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

For more preschool arts and crafts and learning activities, visit Nicole at her blog Tired, Need Sleep.

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