Fourth of July fireworks is a beautiful celebration except for those who are afraid of loud noises with hearing sensitivity; which is most little kids.
Here is a cool and fun alternative for your little ones to be “in control” of their own tiny firework’s show. It is a win win project for adults too because the cleanup cleans for you.
White household vinegar
cake pan or cookie sheet with sides
cupcake tin or bowls
Inexpensive grocery store food coloring (red and blue if you only want to stay with the Americana theme)
Extra: paper towels, small bowl of clean water if you have a child with sensory issues.
counter and stool or chair for your child/children to stand on
a ready camera on video mode!
Bring your child to the counter and allow them to help you pour a thin layer of baking soda to cover the entire bottom of a cake pan. It looks like snow so have your child bring their cars to drive in it, or water resistant dolls or animals to play in the dry snow. While your child is doing that pour some vinegar into the cupcake tins or bowls. Have your child help you squirt food coloring in each receptacle of the cupcake tin or bowls. Have ready a bowl of clean water where you child can access it if they feel they need to stay clean and have paper towels ready if they desire to dry their hands.
Do NOT demonstrate. Allow them to discover the firework show themselves. Have them spoon some “vinegar paint” into the snow to make their own sizzling colorful fireworks. Allow the child to do it over their toys and play in it. I guarantee you will want to do it too!!!
I found that even if they pour one of their full bowls of vinegar paint in the pan with a huge sizzle, that it will continue to make little tiny sizzles for as long as the baking soda is activated while they continue to spoon another color.
It is great fun and a more gentle quiet way to celebrate the 4th of JULY for little ears.
It‘s a blast!
When done dump the entire thing down your kitchen drain and it will refresh and clean it. Rinse off the pans and spoons and wah-lah..done!
(Food coloring sometimes takes a bit of scrubbing off counters or even fingers, but it is not permanent!)
Have fun with it!