Night Sky

Gemma Everson and her girls join us today to think about fireworks lighting up the night sky! We have a day of fun waiting for us.

Hello, my name is Gemma Everson and I am a children’s author, a teacher and also a mum.

My girls and I love this time of year and get so excited as we look and listen for fireworks in the night sky. We will be creating our own firework actions today and being creative with paint and food as we celebrate this special time of year.

9.30am Activity:
Whiz, Pop, BANG!

Have you ever seen or heard fireworks? They are beautiful to look at but can sometimes be a little bit loud too. Watch a video of some fireworks online and listen to the sounds they make. See if you can imitate the sounds and make an action to go with it. We had lot’s of fun whirling and twirling, fizzing and banging!

Grown Ups:
This activity is a good starting point to talk about fireworks. Your child will be able to express themselves through movement and create different sounds, both loud and quiet.

10.30am Activity:
Firework Painting

For this activity you will need a used kitchen or toilet roll and some colourful paint. Cut the toilet roll around the edge and fan it out. Dip it in the paint and print firework shapes onto some black paper or card to create a firework scene.

Grown Ups:
This activity will help your child to explore different textures and colours. Talk about what happens if the colours mix, perhaps make new colours to use.

1:30pm Activity:
Firework Toast

For this activity you will need some bread, food colouring and a paint brush. Decorate your bread using some coloured water, brushed on carefully. Pop it in the toaster and see your firework patterns!

Grown Ups:
This activity is great for fine motor skills as your child handles the brush. It is also a fantastic opportunity for them to prepare food alongside an adult.

2:30pm Activity:
Moon and Stars

Enjoy some nursery rhymes about the night sky with your grown up. Use musical instruments or find your own noise makers from around the house and enjoy making sounds.

Try ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’.

Grown Ups:
Your child will love learning the words to these traditional nursery rhymes. See if they can follow a steady pulse with their instrument as your sing along.

If you've finished these and still have time for fun...

If you would like to do a little bit more, perhaps you might like to find out more about the night sky and all of the planets in our solar system. It is fascinating!

Story time:
Gregs' Gratitude by Sarah Griffiths
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