As the excitement starts to build, these educational fireworks activities are a great way to pass chilly afternoons and help tiny tots to celebrate Bonfire Night:

Music & Movement

Help and inspire children to use their bodies to create different movements. For example, crouch down and pretend to be flames along to music; jumping up high in the air and moving around the room, spinning like a Catherine wheel. Pretend to be sparklers and rockets by making loud, banging noises.

Teach the children a well-known bonfire rhyme:

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
‘Twas his intent
To blow up the King and Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow.
By God’s providence he was catched
With a dark lantern and burning match.

Literacy and creativity

Get your children to make up an acrostic poem, such as the one in this example:

Fizzing fireworks,
In the air,
Rockets roaring,
Everyone stare!
Waiting and watching,
Out late at night,
Roaring high into the sky,
Keeping me equaling, with delight!

Collect natural materials such as dry leaves and small sticks to create your own bonfire picture.

Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy:

Cook some sausages, count them and sing “Five Fat Sausages”

Five fat sausages sizzling in a pan, one went pop the other went bang.
Four fat sausages sizzling in a pan, etc.
Three fat sausages sizzling in a pan, etc.
Two fat sausages sizzling in a pan, etc.
One fat sausage sizzling in a pan, etc.
No fat sausages sizzling in a pan.

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