Remember, remember the fifth of November… who doesn’t enjoy bonfire night? Whether it’s the community bonfires, the brilliant firework displays or delicious themed foods like bonfire toffee – there’s something for all the family!
For younger children who won’t necessarily understand the fun of bonfire night straight away, there are plenty of activities that you can introduce them to in order to get them excited for the fifth – you could even make them a yearly tradition with your toddler so that they start building their excitement before the big night.
Here are some of our favourite bonfire night activities that are perfect for toddlers!
Fireworks in a Jar
There’s no better way to get the little ones excited about fireworks than showing then what they can expect!
Rather than annoying your neighbours by setting the real thing off before the big night, why not create safe-but-impressive indoor fireworks that your toddler can help you create?
Using a glass jar, some oil, water and food colouring, you can create your own firework display from the safety of your home!
Find out how to make these fireworks in a jar here
Make Bonfire Toffee
What’s bonfire night without bonfire toffee? This delicious, sticky-sweet treat is a traditional bonfire staple and we think that every bonfire night has to have it!
It’s not that hard to make, either! Take some black treacle, golden syrup, brown sugar, and cream of tartar and follow this BBC Good Food recipe for a delicious bonfire toffee treat that will whisk you back to your childhood, too!
Take a look at the BBC Good Food recipe for bonfire toffee here
If you’re not a fan of bonfire toffee, or simply want other bonfire-related sweet treats, there’s nothing better than making themed cupcakes!
Easy to make and fun to decorate, why not create your own bonfire on top of a cupcake? Create your cupcakes like you normally would, but using buttercream icing with food colouring, you can pipe your “bonfire” on top!
Finish with matchmakers or chocolate fingers as the logs of the fire and voila! Tasty bonfire cupcakes for all the family that your little ones can get involved with making, too!
Take a look at this Tastemade Bonfire Cupcake recipe here
Real sparklers are great fun, but where toddlers are involved it can be scary for parents, especially as they can be very dangerous.
Don’t worry, your little one doesn’t have to be in danger to enjoy sparklers! Why not make your own, using straws (re-useable ones, if possible!) which are just as fun for the little ones without the danger?
Using tin foil, cellophane sheets or coloured paper, sticky tape and straws, you can create your own toddler-friendly ‘sparklers’ which can be used all year round!
Find out how to make your own over on Kids Craft Room
Fireworks are an essential part of bonfire night but are even more dangerous than sparklers, so it’s no wonder parents with little ones may be put off buying their own.
Instead, why not leave the real thing to others and watch out of your window while playing with your home-made bonfire rockets? These easy to make paper rockets can be decorated as your toddler likes, making them as unique as the real thing!
Take a look at how you and your toddler can make a sparkly, paper bonfire rocket here.
Paint a Firework Scene
Get your little ones creating their very own firework scene on paper – simply using used toilet roll tubes!
Put those tubes to good use by simply snipping the end of the tube and splaying the cut cardboard out so it looks like an explosion. Dip this in paint and get your little one to stamp the tube onto some paper to create their very own explosive firework scene!
Find out how your toddlers can create a fantastic firework scene here
Another way to enjoy fireworks indoors and in a safe manner is to create your own pop-up version which can get your kids involved in making their own indoor display!
This pop-up firework craft activity uses ribbons, a wooden spoon, black card and any other sparkly, starry crafty bits to make the ‘firework’ even more magical. By attaching the ribbons to the wooden spoon which is hidden by some decorated card, you can encourage your little one to bounce around and create their own energetic firework display – one which every parent and toddler can enjoy!
Take a look at how to make these pop-up fireworks here
Chocolate Finger Sparklers
Another one of our edible favourites for bonfire night that is easy to prepare! We’ve had bonfire cupcakes and toffee – now it’s time for edible sparklers!
Simply take some chocolate fingers, melt the end in a bowl of hot water and dip in a bowl of sprinkles – it really is that easy! Simple but effective is sometimes the best way! Alternatively, if you want to be a little more adventurous, you could melt some white chocolate and dip the end of the chocolate fingers in that before the sprinkles to give the illusion the end if glowing white-hot like a real sparkler!
Make your own edible sparklers using this guide.
Catherine Wheel Craft
Add another firework to your indoor toddler-safe display with a Catherine wheel inspired craft!
For this, you’ll need some card, a paper fastener, lots of glitters, sequins, and anything shiny, as well as ribbon to attach to the outside of the wheel for some extra effect. You will need to fold the card into the wheel pattern for your little one, but they can decorate them as they wish!
Find out how to make a Catherine wheel firework craft here
We’ve all done straw paintings before, and it turns out that this technique can actually produce some pretty impressive firework-eqsue patterns!
Simply take some paint and a straw and drop a small blob of paint on a piece of paper. Take a straw and blow through it onto the paint to spread it out into a fabulous firework!
Simple, easy and not too messy – the perfect painting activity for bonfire night!
Take a look at this straw-blown firework tutorial for guidance
We hope that you all have a wonderful bonfire night, no matter what you plans may be! Wrap up warm, stay safe and most of all, have fun as a family!