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Paper Tube Fireworks

This art activity is child-led and will allow children to explore painting in a whole new way. Celebrate the new year with this art activity and use up some of those recyclable materials through painting! These colorful images create a great display and will brighten up any room for the new year!

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Ring in the new year with this cool firework art activity using recyclable materials!

This easy art activity will keep kids entertained and allow them to explore coloring mixing while practicing fine motor skills. The fireworks they can create are bright and vibrant and are a great way to ring in the new year!

🎆 Did you know? Disney is the largest consumer of fireworks in the world!

Make it shine! Add some texture to this activity with glitter! Sprinkle some on top of the paint when it’s still wet to add some depth to the paintings.


For this activity you will need:

Black paper

Toilet paper rolls

Bright paint colors


Paper plate

Learning Outcomes




Sensory Exploration


Coordinating senses with motor skills in increasingly complex ways


Step 1:

Start this activity by cutting your toilet paper rolls. This is great practice for fine motor skills. You’ll want to have ½ inch strips of paper hanging from each tube. Cut down your tube vertically, halfway making little hanging pieces of cardboard around the whole tube. 

Step 2:

Next, put a few plates of paint out on plates, make sure to spread it around so all paper tube bits get paint on them when it’s time.

Step 3:

Now, dunk your paper tube roll into the paint with the cut side down so all of the paper tube bits go into the paint, it looks a bit like a spider!

Step 4: 

Once there’s enough paint on the tube, dab it onto your black construction paper creating an explosion of color.

Step 5:

Repeat this process with different colors on your paper and let it dry overnight. In the morning you’ll have a colorful display of fireworks!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have older children blend colors and create a pattern to practice patterning skills!

⬇️ For younger toddlers: This is a great activity for younger children who don’t have full fine motor control as they can hold the tube with their whole hand!

Playful Questions

How many fireworks can you fit on your page?

Have you ever seen fireworks before?

What would happen if we had fireworks in the daytime?

What new colors can you create with the fireworks?

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