A sparkling Bonfire Night
Remember remember the 5th November.
It’s that time of year again. Wrapped up in scarves, gloves and hats, we all crowd together outside tucking into foil wrapped jacket potatoes, cradling hot chocolate, filled with an excited anticipation for what’s to come.
The glow of a sparkler, the smell of a bonfire, the whiz of a Catherine wheel, all eyes towards the sky as the dark night illuminates with an explosion of colour.
It is a night to remember, especially for children; captivated by the colours, mesmerised by the changing shapes that fill the sky.
With their creativity sparked, here's some Bonfire Night themed activities!
Glitter, ribbon, paint, stickers, more glitter; your children can create their very own firework rockets inspired by the technicoloured sky! All you need for the structure is a small cardboard tube (kitchen roll or toilet roll tubes are ideal!) and card to make the cone for the pointed end of the rocket – see here for step-by-step instructions.
Mark out a course for children to race against one another holding their fireworks up in the air, shooting across the sky!
Burnt oranges, golden yellows, rich reds; the pavements are a carpet of coloured leaves this time of year, colours that are perfect for crafting a bonfire collage. Plus it’s an excuse to wrap up in your scarves and hats for an autumnal walk to gather all your flame-like leaves.
Toffee apple slices
Toffee apples, is it just us or does the idea always seem better than the reality. Not only can they be tough on the teeth, we do wonder how many apples have gone to waste after all the outside toffee has vanished. So why not try slices of apple instead? Easier to eat, manageable and more likely to get your little one eating both the toffee AND the apple!
There’s so many ways for children to make their very own dazzling night sky, but the two we like best are:
- The classic chalk and black sugar paper
- Or if you have any spare cardboard tubes left over from your rocket making, you can use these to make firework patterns with paint! See how here.
Who knew fruits could be transformed into sparkling firework rockets!?
Fun to make and fun to eat! And an ideal way to get that five a day!
Be a Catherine Wheel
Taking it in turns, each player first spins round just like a twirling Catherine wheel, then they must try to make it to the other end of the room with a beanbag balanced on their head. Who will conquer the dizziness?
Be sure to clear a good amount of space for this one!
A sparkling sweet treat to enjoy this bonfire night. Dip the breadsticks into melted chocolate and get them glowing with colourful sprinkles, edible glitter and popping candy. Super simple sparkles that are safe and scrumptious!
Think musical statues, but instead of standing still like a statue when the music stops, dancers are to do their best firework shapes and moves. All you need to do is press pause and name a firework for the children to imitate:
- Catherine wheel
We hope you enjoy your night of sparkle!
We do know, however, that bonfire night, despite all the pretty colours and mesmerising patterns, can also be shadowed by worry; as parents the glaring dangers of the night can fill you with fear.
So, we thought we would put together some safety tips as well, to quell some of that worry, enabling you and your children to revel in the excitement and stay safe this bonfire night.
- Use a safe spot
Make sure your bonfire is built in a large open space, clear both around and above, away from fences, residences, trees, plants and any other flammable objects. Everyone is to stand well away from the fire, keeping a safe distance at all times.
- Lighting the bonfire
Never use petrol, paraffin, spirits or any other explosive substances to light a bonfire.
- Bucket of water
Have large filled buckets of water ready in case of emergency.
Ensure your child isn’t wearing loose or flowing clothing and scarves are tucked in.
- During and after
Never leave a bonfire unsupervised and when your evening comes to an end ensure the bonfire is completely extinguished.
- Read the instructions
If you’re holding your own fireworks display, it may sound obvious, but read the instructions for fireworks. This isn’t like a board game where there’s always one who tells you to just start, learn as you go and hope for the best.
- Too loud
Fireworks can be very loud, we’ve certainly jumped a few times, and the noise can be frightening for children. Noise cancelling headphones should do the trick, enabling your child to enjoy the fireworks display.
- Stand well back
Stay well away from the fireworks, never go near a firework once it’s been lit, if it’s taking some time to go off you must still keep away.
- Open space
Find a clear space that isn’t too windy to light the sparklers.
- Holding a sparkler
Ensure gloves are worn and sparklers are held at arm’s length, far away from your face and body.
Once the sparkler is no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water. Make sure the end of the sparkler is not touched as it can still be extremely hot even long after it has stopped burning.
Here’s to all celebrations going off with a bang; stay safe and be dazzled by a night of spectacle and sparkle.
For further safety information regarding Bonfire Night, you can visit the Bonfire Night safety website.