I love projects that are simple like this and have no real rules... other than have fun and splatter!
Materials Needed: clothespin (or other tools- we also used popsicle sticks and paint markers), lots of colors of paint, black or navy blue construction paper, and a paper plate palate.
1. Put several colors of paint on your paper plate palate.
2. Show your little one the tools they have to use and let them start painting fireworks! I did this alongside my son and we had a great time making fireworks sound effects while we painted.
Remind your little ones NOT to eat the paint! I am surprised we still have a problem with this sometimes. It does not taste good!
3. Display your fireworks somewhere where you can see them and talk about them throughout the week.
Generate a list together of all the words you can think of related to fireworks: pop, sizzle, crash, boom, whiz, zap, colors, rain, twirling, shooting, spinning, exploding, sparkling, etc.
With older kids you could use these words and their fireworks pictures to create fireworks poems like these student's did. With younger kids you could read through these poems and other ones you find on the internet and talk about the fun words and pictures you see.
Lastly, if you want to teach a little history of the 4th of July... or just boogie to School House Rocks, check out the 4th of July Fireworks video here.