June 30, 2013

Make a 4th of July Popper for Little Artists

Make a 4th of July Popper for Little Artists

Last week Calvin and I made the 4th of July Windsock Rocket you see on the left above. (click for instructions)  

We used the same procedure this week to make the 4th of July Popper you see on the right.  Curious about what a popper does?  Read on for details.


  • Except.....I added the following steps:

            * I trimmed and glued the painted construction paper around an empty toilet tissue roll.  This added more support to the popper's sides. 

             * I cut a small stopper for the bottom of the popper. I was careful to make it a tight fit.

            * I punched a hole into the middle of the stopper and strung a yarn pull tie.

             * I inserted a small surprise into the popper and then reinserted the stopper.

  • I handed the popper to Calvin.  It didn't take him long to figure out how to pull the stopper out to get the surprise.  We repeated the game several times, using a different surprise each time.  

  • Calvin found confetti inside the popper.

  • He found candy.

  • He even found a small ball of Play Doh.

  • When the game was over, we hung the popper as a decoration.

Extend the Activity:

Here are some good books to read on the 4th of July.

  • Corduroy's Fourth of July (Corduroy Board Book) by Don Freeman is about Corduroy and his friends celebrating the 4th of July.
(click forAmazon.com)

  • Biscuit's Fourth of July (Paperback) by Mary O'Keefe Young is about a little dog named Biscuit and his owner having fun on the 4th of July.  It's a flip-the-flap book.
(click for Amazon.com)

Do you have a comment or suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.

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