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Kids Bonfire Night Crafts & Activities

Kids Bonfire Night Crafts & Activities

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When Is Bonfire Night?

As the old saying goes, "remember, remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder treason and plot". Bonfire Night happens every year in the UK on the 5th of November.

Why Do We Celebrate Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night and Fireworks Night, celebrates the anniversary of Guy (Guido) Fawkes failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This was known as the Gunpowder Plot. Bonfires are therefore used to remember this historic event.

Firework Safety

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Bonfire Night can cause injuries - especially to children. Some firework rockets can reach top speeds of 150 mph when ignited, and some sparklers can reach temperatures of 1000-1600 degrees celsius. Follow our top firework safety tips to keep kids safe during the celebrations.

Sparkler Safety

Ensure that...

  • Kids are wearing gloves
  • Adults are supervising
  • Sparklers aren 't given to children under the age of 5
  • Children hold sparklers at arm's length
  • Sparklers aren 't waved closely to other people
  • Used sparklers are put out in a bucket of cold water

Bonfire Safety

Ensure that...

  • Adults are supervising
  • The bonfire is away from anything flammable such as wooden fences, sheds, or anywhere where kids play
  • Long hair is tied back and there's no loose clothing
  • You Don't pour flammable liquids such as petrol onto the fire
  • A bucket of cold water is poured on the fire after the celebrations are over

Bonfire Night Crafts and Activities

Before you head out into the crisp evening for lots of light-filled festivities, how about having a go at some of our Fireworks Night inspired activities? 

Cardboard Tube Rockets

Make your own glittery fireworks! All you need are cardboard tubes, metallic paint, paintbrushes (or metallic pens, if you prefer), card, star stickers, ribbon and plasticine. You can check out the full tutorial here.

Rainbow Fireworks

Tiger Tribe's Rainbow Lab activity set introduces kids to the world of colour, with 24 STEM experiments packed inside. Why not use the food colouring bottles and paintbrush to create a rainbow coloured fireworks display on black paper? 

Glowing Bonfire Craft

Create a glowing campfire or bonfire scene from tissue paper, paper and an LED tea light candle. It's an easy-peasy craft that children can do by themselves. Check out the full tutorial here.

Light and Shine Optics

Tiger Tribe's Light and Shine kit encourages open-ended play and is so much fun. Kids can make shadow puppets and put on their own light and shadow shows either using the pop-out enclosed puppets or with their hands. 

Fire Engine

Nee-naw, nee-naw! The Tidlo wooden fire engine is a fun way to teach little ones about fire safety. Young firefighters can play with their fire engine and have fun with the fire hoses, traffic cones, barricades and fires. Helps to develop hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills and dexterity.

Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll

Lottie Doll is ready to go to her first ever Bonfire Night! Wrapped up in her warm, coat, hat, scarf and boots, she is warm and cosy for an evening of sparklers and light displays. At 18cm tall, Lottie can easily fit into backpacks and coat pockets for the evening.

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