Fireworks in a Jar or Glass – Easy Holiday Activity for Preschoolers

Although we are not celebrating the 4th of July here, we had the chance to observe a beautiful firework today. Here. In our living room. Without any noise – even the cats stayed around and didn’t hide under the bed ;).

A few simple ingredients and tadaaa – we had our very own fireworks in a jar. Fireworks in a glass are so easy to make and a great preschool science starter project.

All you need to create your own holiday fireworks project is

  • A glass or jar (the bigger the better…) full of water
  • Oil (sunflower oil works great!)
  • Food coloring in your favorite colors
  • A little spoon or a dropper
  • Salt
Making a fireworks in a jar - DIY

Making a fireworks in a jar – DIY

How to make a firework in a jar:

  1. Add the oil to the jar of water. You want to get an oil layer of approx. 1 cm.
  2. Add 4-5 small drops of food coloring (if you add too much, you will get a big food coloring explosion in the jar ;)…), using the spoon or the dropper. Do not stir!
  3. Now sprinkle salt on top of the food coloring drops and enjoy!

When I tried it the first time, I added way to much food coloring and even poured some accidentally. However, the result was pretty impressive. A huge “color explosion” in red! It looked amazing! Maybe we can call it “How to make a color explosion in a jar”…

Color explosion in a jar

On the bottom of the jar you can see some oil & salt bubbles.

I really love to make fireworks in a jar and cannot wait to try it with my preschoolers next term. Let me know if you tried to make a firework in a jar and how it went!

Hugs, cammily

 

Make a firework in a jar - simple ingredients & safe for preschoolers ♥ Love the video!

Make a firework in a jar – simple ingredients & safe for preschoolers ♥ Love the video!

 

 

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