Feeling Crafty: Exploding with Fun

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Spray bottle Fireworks

Painting Fireworks

Yesterday, we decided to do an Independence Day craft.  Once again, I pulled out my handy dandy roll of paper, stapled it to the fence and we spray painted some lovely fireworks.  All you need is, a paper plate, paint, spray bottle(s), and paper.  First you, cut triangle shapes out of the plate to resemble a firework.

A paper plate firwork template

Then, you hold the plate on your paper, and start spraying it with a paint and water mixture.  Maybe 5 ounces of water and a few squirts of paint.  The more paint, the darker the color.  But, if it is too thick, it might clog up your spray bottle.  We hung our paper up so we had drippy paint, you are probably better off laying your paper flat.  I just told the kids that it was a falling firework after it was done exploding.

Spraying her fireworks

It looks cool when you over lap with different colors.  We had only one spray bottle, so we switched to red after a little while.  Some other fun things to apply paint on paper are medicine droppers and old bath toys that squirt.  Submerge them under a paint/water solution in a bowl and fill them up and squirt or drop the color onto your canvas!

Piper’s cousin, Nautica, is here visiting and she wants to have a lemonade stand with Piper after seeing the pictures of the last one.  So, our art work has turned into our lemonade sign.  Nautica is 9 and loves Ramona and Beezus and the girls spent the whole afternoon pretending that they were Ramona and Beezus, and Tatum was the baby sister Roberta.  Nautica even wanted to misspell our lemonade sign like Ramona does, but I didn’t think that was a good business move. 😉

Lemonade and Rockets...what a combo

Fun with Rockets

Well, I was going to leave this craft out since my ultimate goal was to launch these bad boys and after visiting various hobby shops it was a no go.  It all started when Piper and I rented a DVD from the library called, Popular Mechanics for Kids.  The show was about spaceships and there was a short segment on how to make a rocket at home, and I figured that a kid is never too young to learn about drag, propulsion, and force, right?  Okay, really we thought that a real rocket that could blast off into the air seemed cool.  First you need a toilet paper roll and a paper towel roll. (But if you don’t have enough, you can do what I did and I bought poster board, cut a piece about the size of a piece of paper, wrapped it around an empty wrapping paper roll and hot glued it.  Plus, it made for some pretty festive rockets too.)  You can add fins and a nose (highly technical terms, I know).  The fins are just triangles cut out of cardboard, and the nose is a triangular shape, folded together to make a cone.  And then we glued it on the top.  To attach the two pieces together, you need a roll from plastic wrap or aluminum foil because it is smaller and will fit snugly.  I used the wrapping paper roll and cut about a 3 inch piece off.  I glued it to the inside of the bottom.  And then if your goal is to just make a rocket, then you can glue it to the top piece as well.

Me looking ridiculous with my nephew, Isaiah

BUT, if you want to try and launch your rocket, you may want to attach a parachute first!  Cut the handles off of a plastic bag and use thread about 12inches long to attach to each corner.  Tie all 4 pieces of thread into one knot.  Next, you need a rubber band cut to make it a string, or about a 4 inch piece of elastic.  tape the knot from the parachute to the center of the elastic.  Now, attach with hot glue or tape, the elastic into each section of your rocket.  Stuff the parachute in and fit the two pieces together!

And so that’s what I did and I figured I would buy CO2 cartridges and insert them and somehow light them.  I thought it would be easy, but not so.  I had done a CO2 car in middle school, so I figured it couldn’t be that dangerous if a class full of middle schoolers were working with explosives.  But I guess rockets don’t work that way.  Apparently you have to buy rocket engines and a launch pad and a battery operated fuse kit, and so on.  My little rocket project was going to turn into a $40 investment, and I wasn’t ready for that.  So, now we have rockets for the sake of rockets, not for blasting off into space.  I figure sometime in the future we will buy a kit and then we will have all the pieces when we want to make and launch our own.

And last, but not least, a water balloon fight is always exploding with fun.  Piper and her cousins had a blast and it cost me $1, now that’s a deal.  Even Tatum thought it was great and was shaking with excitement saying, “ooh, ooh”.

This is Tatum's "Oooohh" face


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