Our theme for this week was 'Night Sky,' and Monday night (roughly 14 hours before my story time!) I saw a firework craft that made me go "oooh!" (To give credit where credit was due, here is the link to the craft.) I thought it would make a perfect "color" flannel board, so using the sparkly pipe cleaners as a jumping off point, I made seven different fireworks.
I don't think you can go wrong with this much sparkle.
I'm pretty sure this one is my mental image whenever I read about the Weasley twins setting off Catherine Wheels at Hogwarts under the regime of Umbridge the Unbearable. (Oh, JK Rowling. Write me another book about wizards, please and thank you!)
I also came up with a quick, simple rhyme to read aloud as I put each firework up.
We sit and look at the dark night sky,
Waiting for the fireworks to start to fly.
Then with a BOOM and a flash of light
A big RED firework sparkles in the night
We clapped our hands on BOOM and waggled our fingers on "flash of light," and then I had the kids shout out the color of the firework as I stuck it to the feltboard. They LOVED the big clap on BOOM - I think it got louder every time!
This was a super simple feltboard to put together - I think it only took me about an hour to get all the pieces made, and that was because I was being fussy about it. The kids seemed to like it, too - at the end of our flannel board, I had one little girl announce, "I'm going to take one of those fireworks now!" I was cracking up on the inside, but I had to explain that no, the fireworks needed to stay with me. I couldn't really blame her - sparkles are so tempting!