Bonfire night crafts ideas for kids

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by Bryony Firth-Bernard |


Bonfire night is a brilliant time to wrap up and whisk your kids out to enjoy the magic of some fireworks, indulge in a toffee apple, or two or get involved in some bonfire night crafts.

You may experience your little one getting extra hyper on this day, not able to contain their excitement to see some fireworks until it gets dark. Luckily, we have lots of fun bonfire night craft ideas that you can do together which will help keep them calmed and contained until it’s time to head out into the night. From chocolate finger sparklers to cardboard rockets, here’s our favourite family bonfire night craft ideas.

Fork fireworks

Painting is great fun, but trying to find a clean, non crusty paint brush can sometimes be a bit of a struggle, so why not try this brilliant idea from The Everyday Mom Life and use a fork instead? It will allow your tot to create an easy (but very striking) fireworks display. Your little one can also try sprinkling the paint with some glitter too, to really give it that full firework effect.

Chocolate sparklers

These chocolate sparklers by Great Little Minds are easy peasy and will make a tasty bonfire night treat for your tot. Simply dip the ends of some chocolate fingers into a bowl of hot water, then into another bowl of hundreds and thousands (or sprinkles), leave to set, then enjoy!

Firework toast

We know what you’re thinking, but just hear us out, as this idea by Messy Little Monster is fun, tasty and pretty genius. Mix some food colouring into different cups of milk, then your tot can paint on whatever design they like, before it gets popped into the toaster and their edible artwork is complete. We guarantee your little one will love it.

Cardboard tube rockets

We love these crafty cardboard tube rockets by The Gingerbread House, which simply require a toilet roll tube, some paint, card, ribbon and stickers. Your tot will be very impressed with their finished masterpiece and it can even make a nice decoration to hang on your Christmas tree later on too.

Bonfire night craft

If you’d rather keep your tot well away from bonfires, then why don’t they create their own at home instead? They’ll have lots of fun making this and it could also be a great opportunity to educate them about the importance of safety around fire too. The full tutorial can be found here.

Toilet roll tube fireworks

A great alternative by Arty Crafty Kids for if you don’t fancy getting your forks dirty and have no paint brushes lying about. Simply cut some slits into the end of a toilet roll tube and fan them out. Next, dip the tube into some paint and then stamp it onto a piece of paper to create a cool firework effect.

Firework chocolate bark

Another fun bonfire dessert by Crafts On Sea that you and your tot can make together, which only requires chocolate, sprinkles, some grease proof paper and a baking tray. Once the chocolate is melted and has been poured onto the baking tray your little one will love sprinkling on the toppings to create a fun firework masterpiece.

Fireworks in a jar experiment

This cool (and safe) experiment by Science Sparks is probably better suited to older children; it’s fun and an easy alternative for if they don’t actually like real fireworks. All you need to do is fill a glass jar with some warm water, add a layer of oil, before carefully dropping in a variety of food colouring and seeing the magic that takes place.

Toffee apples

Would bonfire night be complete without a sweet and crunchy toffee apple? This recipe only requires four ingredients and they only take around 20 minutes to make. Also, your toddler will have great fun decorating them and, of course, eating them!

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