Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Can you believe that another year is coming to an end?! I’ve had a few messages asking if we do any specific planned activities to celebrate the new year and we don’t really, apart from talking about it (and, as always, we will enjoy activities if it naturally crops up through their play). As I didn’t share any of the firework-related fun we had in November this year over here on the blog, I thought I would share some of them now…


Firework Transient Art

I love setting out colourful loose parts for them to create transient art with….

Firework inspired transient art from Rachel (",)

And yes, for those that ask, we do get ‘pile-ups’ sometimes…

Pile-up on the transient art table - from Rachel (",)

These are some of my favourites from last year and the year before…

Firework inspiration from Rachel (",)

Firework inspired transient art from Rachel (",)


Number Recognition and Counting

Starry counting - from Rachel (",)

Counting stars - from Rachel (",)

You can download the numbered stars for free from this post.


Fireworks on the Interactive Whiteboard

We’re using the program Dazzle 03 here. I like it because you can customise the tools…

Fireworks on the Interactive Whiteboard - from Rachel (",)


Bonfire Night Small World Play

Very simple and mostly set up by the children…

Bonfire night small world play from Rachel (",)


‘Fireworks’ Outdoors

Adding water to chalk makes the colours much richer and we thought they looked like fireworks on the ground…

Firework-like marks with chalk on a wet ground - from Rachel (",)


Gel Bags on the OHP

Very difficult to capture in a photo, but they spent such a long time making marks on these.

Gel bags on the OHP - from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Work

…with tweezers and sparkly pom-poms…

Fine motor work with tweezers and sparkly pom-poms - from Rachel (",)


Sparkly Water

They absolutely loved mark-making in the glitter…

Mark making in glitter - from Rachel (",)


Fireworks on the Light Panel

We’ve done this so many times before, but each new class always enjoys it…

Fireworks on the light panel - from Rachel (",)


Previous Activities

Here are some popular activities we have done in previous years…

Pipettes and food colouring…

Pipettes and food colouring... firework like - from Rachel (",)

Printing with scouring pads…

Printing with scouring pads... great for fireworks - from Rachel (",)

Threading fireworks…

Threading fireworks - from Rachel (",)

Using fine motor skills to pick out sequin ‘fireworks’ from cheap hair gel

Using fine motor skills to pick out sequin 'fireworks' from cheap hair gel - from Rachel (",)

Powder paint and shaving foam…

Powder paint and shaving foam - from Rachel (",)


Previous Firework-Related Posts

Here are the posts I have previously shared with firework-related activities…

Bonfire Night


Fireworks & Fun


Wishing you a very Happy New Year – may it be full of happiness and good health…


Thanks for reading!

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– Rachel (“,)










  1. Happy New Year !! Thanks for all the inspiration over the last year- looking forward to see 2018

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Sandra! 🙂

  2. Looks like great learning fun! Here in U.S. we’d do fireworks in July–never thought to move them to another time of year! Love your ideas!

    • Thanks, Chris!
      We have lots in November for Bonfire Night & at New Year 🙂

  3. Happy New Year Rachel. Your posts are so inspiring.
    I would like to purchase such a round light panel, or is it a table, as you have it. Which brand is it, please? Thanks in advance for contacting me.

    • Hello Mireille,
      My light panel is a colour changing light panel from YPO in the UK. It sits on a round table. Not sure if they still do it, but you could search light panel at https://www.ypo.co.uk/
      I think TTS might do them too, if you want to look on there… http://www.tts-group.co.uk/
      Thank you for the lovely comment!
      Happy New Year! 🙂


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