‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ‘ 2 Corinthians 3:17
By: Sarah Smith
Marble Painted Fireworks
In celebrating our country’s freedom one year at a local July 4th festival, these were made at the craft table. Of course, it could be done in any color for any occasion, but I’ll always remember this project as “Marble Painted Fireworks”.
- Red, white and blue paint
- A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
- A marble for each paint color
- A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
- Large shirt or apron
- Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
- Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
- Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
- Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
- Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!
We did this one on a large piece of paper behind a mat to frame but this also makes great note cards. I may remove the paper someday and put a photo behind the marble painted mat. Try it on a variety of sizes and colors as well as different mediums.
The key to having fun with art is to not be afraid to get messy. Your kids will remember these moments….especially if you remember to take pictures. And, if you like to use art to teach lessons, a few facts about our flag, fireworks and the red, white and blue colors are listed below.
FLAG – On June 14, 1777, (now known as “Flag Day”) the Continental Congress adopted the national flag in order to promote national pride and unity. “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
RED, WHITE AND BLUE – Apparently no official reason is known for the colors of our flag. However, in 1782 the Congress of the Confederation chose red, white and blue for the Great Seal of the United States and their meaning is listed as “white for purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.”
FIREWORKS (Illuminations) – John Adams wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776 after the Continental Congress chose to proclaim the American colonies independent of England.
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews*, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776, “Had a Declaration…” [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/