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June 29, 2012

Absorption Art Fireworks

My boys are completely enthralled with fireworks.  I mean, what's not to love?  They are noisy, colorful, and HUGE!  With all of the warm weather most of our days are spent outside in the sprinkler and play pool, but I squeezed in a small fireworks craft.  It took about two minutes to gather the supplies and get started.

All you need are glue, salt, food coloring , water, droppers, and cardstock.

Generally I leave the boys to their own creations, but for the purpose of making fireworks I drew the glue designs.

Dumping salt was the highlight. 

We shook off all the excess salt.  (We have this Tidy Tray which greatly helps contain the mess and minimize waste.)

Then the boys chose which color they want their water and used the dropper to add color to the salted glue.

In the past when we've done absorption art they used a ton of water.  This time they seemed to watch closely as the small drops of water spread through the glue designs and spread the color.  JZ was especially fascinated.

After making a few fireworks I gave them more paper to make their own glue designs and add more colors.

This project always turns into color mixing in our house.  :)

 Despite their best efforts to use the water sparingly, these still ran a bit, but they definitely reminded my guys of fireworks!

 To read about the first time we did absortion art and my feelings on process versus product click HERE.



  1. This looks really cool! What a great science and art lesson.

  2. This looks like a lot of fun!

  3. You know I love this ;) Awesome!

  4. Oh, these look great!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. This looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing with us on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll join us again this week!

  6. So fun! Bug would have a blast with this!
    Thank you for linking up to our Pinteresting Party.

  7. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!!

  8. You’ve been featured on this week’s Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes!

  9. Really great and simple experiment. I would love to try it myself, so I know the kids will like it. Have a great weekend!

  10. This is wonderful - a great combination of science and art - thank you for linking up to Tuedsay Tots and just popping by to say that I'm featuring this as one of the science activities from last week.


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