Friday, 2 November 2018

Bonfire Scene Art Activity

It's coming up to that time of year again that Lily loves but hates at the same time. Bonfire night.

Lily isn't a big fan of the fireworks but we do always like to get involved with bonfire night. The way we do this is by doing some sort of art activity.

Last year we made a bonfire out of tissue paper and foam for the sticks. You can see this activity here


This year we decided to make a 3d bonfire scene with our friends.

Firstly we headed to The Range to buy our crafty bits that we needed. We grabbed brown and black paint, an A3 canvas, some orange tissue paper, some paper glue and super glue. We also grabbed some glitter card.

When we got home we sat down and made a tick list of things we needed to find to make our 3D scene. Then we headed out to the local park to find them. I needed everyone to find 2 same sized pebbles, some bark from a tree, some leaves, twigs and a larger for the centre pole of the bonfire we was making.

The first thing we needed to do was paint the canvas brown and black to create a mud look. Then I put this to the side to dry.



While this was drying I got Lily and her friends to cut strips out of the glittered card of all different shapes and sizes. Lily is getting really good with cutting now and so did really well with this. I needed her to cut some little squares and this is where I helped.

We then glued the strips to the squares with the square at the end to make them look like fireworks. 



We needed to leave these to dry so the next thing we did was superglue the pebbles to the bark which is going to be our firework display table. I had to help with this part.

The next part was creating the bonfire. I started this by supergluing the centre pole to the canvas. Then the kids passed me their choice of twigs which we glued to the centre pole and canvas to create the classic bonfire shape. Once there was enough twigs added we then glued the tissue paper inside the bonfire to create a flame effect. 


The next job was to glue the firework table to the canvas, this is another part that I had to do myself. Then the kids glued the fireworks onto the table to create the firework display.

We then put this to the side to set, and while it was the kids all set to chopping the leaves up into little pieces to create mini leaves. 



When everything on the canvas was dried the kids applied paper glue to the canvas and stuck down the mini leaves to give an autumn feel to the floor.

The last finishing touch was to add one last firework. I made the shape of this last one by cutting out a star, and then attached the strips to it. To make this stick up in the air I used a pipe cleaner that I had in Lily's art and crafts box. 

The scene looked brilliant when it was finished and is now great to display for Bonfire Night. 


Lily and her friends loved how their bonfire scene looked when it was finished and they really enjoyed doing this activity.

Would your children enjoy this activity? 

12 comments:

  1. Most likely. Seems a good idea for little ones, so that they can get to know about Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes, etc. Young children I believe can be quite sensitive to the sudden loud noises / bangs, as well as the sudden bright flashes of light which tend to be part of Bonfire Night. A legitimate reason why official events are superior to individual / family, friends, neighbourhood events.

    Official events will make use of Professionals, Health and Safety Regulations. As well as finishing at a respectable time / hour of the evening. Etc.

    Nice that Lily and her friends had the opportunity of participating in some craftwork, acknowledging Bonfire Night.

    Rachel Craig

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  2. My children will surely like this one! <3

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  3. This looks like great fun. My granddaughters love anything creative

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  4. Great model your very creative i on the other hand are not ����

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  5. That looks great! I am sure my grandchildren would enjoy making one like this!

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  6. Just as Halloween finishes it's bonfire night I can't keep up 😂

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  7. Brill effort by you both - well done

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  8. Local Event for Bonfire Night (5th November) was to be Fireworks Event, etc. On Saturday 03rd November 2018) Unfortunately cancelled. I believe due to weather forecast of High Winds.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. This is lovely - I'm always amazed at Lily's creative flare :)

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  10. Arts and crafts :- great idea.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. Hope we have heard the last of fireworks (for bonfire night) this year.

    Rachel Craig

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  12. Hopefully no more fireworks, as none this evening.

    Rachel Craig

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