Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy July 4th!

July 4th is the time of year where everyone in the United States celebrates our Independence. We became our own nation on July 4th, 1776. We celebrate by having cookouts and gatherings with family and friends. The center of these gatherings are food and fireworks.

Fireworks is a touchy subject because there are many people (kids and adults) and animals who are sensitive to loud noises. Fireworks bothers these people and animals with noise sensitivity.

*An idea was shared with me to make fireworks in a jar and it is made with a few simple ingredients: vegetable oil, water, and food coloring.

A few of our boys are sensitive to loud noises, but they do like fireworks, just not the noise. I thought this would be perfect for my boys so that they could still experience fireworks, but a quieter version of them. Not only is it a quieter version, but it is also a science lesson as well. How science plays into it, is that the food coloring dissolves in water but not in the oil. The oil will float on top of the water. After a little bit, the color will fall from the top and it will create firework effect.

 Items Needed:
-An empty glass jar (or empty glass jars if you want to do more than one jar)
-Small bowl(s)
-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil for each small bowl(s) 
-Food coloring (any color)

Fill the jar(s) 3/4 of the way with warm water. Then put 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the small bowl (or each bowl if you are doing more than one). Put food coloring drops in the vegetable oil. You can do one color or different colors. We did different colors. Then pour the oil and food coloring mixture slowly into the glass jar and watch as the food coloring drops to the bottom to make fireworks in a jar.

The kids did their fireworks in a jar last night since we will be going to a family gathering tonight. I had them make theirs one at a time. I let them stir the food coloring into the oil themselves. I assisted with pouring the oil and food coloring mixture into the water. Here are some pictures so you can see for yourself how fun this was for our kids.
Logan stirring his food coloring and oil mixture.
Landon was excited.
It really is so cool and beautiful how it works.
Liam enjoyed this very much.
Lucas was excited as well.
So pretty!
Again, I really love this because it is a quieter version of fireworks. I think this can be enjoyed by all ages. I am 31 and really thought it was cool to see fireworks in a jar. It is so pretty how the colors mix and fall to create the firework effect. Let me know if you will try this, not just for July 4th, but for any day.

Hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th! Happy birthday to the United States of America!

Happy July 4th from our kids!
My favorite Bible verse that is shared for July 4th.

*The idea shared in this post is not my own. It was shared with me and can be found on Pinterest or Google.


  1. What a fun craft! In addition to looking cool for the 4th of July, it's also a great way to learn some science.

  2. This is such a good idea! How very creative too I know a lot of little ones who will love this!

  3. This is such a fun idea! I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

  4. Firstly Happy 4th of July. It looks like a fun craft! In addition to looking cool. I hope you guys enjoyed

  5. Isn't it great when us adults can have some fun with the kids crafts and experiments too :) Our neighborhood goes crazy with fireworks. I can still hear them and its past 1am. But I love fireworks.

  6. This is great. Who knew? We homeschool and will try this. Happy 4th weekend.

  7. That is a fun way to do a fireworks alternative. We stayed home because we were worried about the cat. Turns out she did okay!

  8. Your blog is so pretty and colourful. Almost like a digital magazine. Enjoyed reading how you celebrate 4th of July.

  9. This is a great idea! They sure did had some fun.

  10. I am so bad at doing crafts but this looks really lovely to do.

  11. Happy 4th of July. hope yous had a blast :) it looks like a fun and crafty idea

  12. Your kids are so cute! This is a great idea ty for sharing I am going to have fun with my little ones this weekend and try this with them!

  13. We did some lava lamp experiment too and my daughter always loved it, she enjoyed watching while the colors spread. Nice activity to do with kids.

  14. i always love doing experiments at home. it is not only my boys who learn from the experience. I also got some refresher course and often, learn new things.

  15. What a fun project!!! Perfect for keeping kids entertained on a rainy or hot summer day.

  16. Perfect way for a family get together in a very historical day

  17. Oh,this is good news, I love fireworks but I really hate the noise , so I'm glad to hear that there's a way to make quieter fireworks. this must be a lot of fun for the kids too.

  18. wow this looks so much fun . Am gonna try this with my son

  19. Happy 4th July! I love a good arts and crafts session with my little one, great for bonding with this kids.


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