It’s 2016! What better way to celebrate the New Year than with fireworks. Fireworks, originally made in China, are now a way for people all around the world to join in the festivities for the new year. The first use of fireworks were in China in the 7th Century. They were used to scare away evil spirits. The invention of fireworks was probably an accident when black powder was thrown into fire. The chemical reactions from certain powders produce colors and resembled flowers. This is why in Japanese and Chinese the English translation is ‘fire flower’. Because of the beauty of fireworks, this culture from China has spread across the world. Especially in America, we are quite fond of using fireworks to celebrate. In fact the first use of fireworks in the United States were on July 4th, 1777. To this day we continue to use fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. Americans began using fireworks to celebrate New Years was brought by the first immigrants of China. In today’s modern age, we have shared many cultures within America and fireworks during New Year’s Eve and Day is a favorite of Americans. Even in school, we always have some kind of interesting craft to make during this time whether it’s using straws to blow paint to look like fireworks or making your own cracker to use to ring in the new year.
For this craft we made a pop up card. A pop up card is basically a card in which you open that pops up at you. For this we used paint, construction paper, crayons and a fork!
Let’s see how the kids did!
The kids really enjoyed painting with such a strange tool. They are used to painting with paintbrushes, but it was great for them to learn that you can use just about any medium to make art! I hope you try this at home as well. Not only forks but with all kinds of materials! Let’s be creative!