Scratch Art Fireworks & The Science of Fireworks

Want to create fabulous firework art for a special holiday like Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or New Years? Check out this fun and simple way to create fireworks of your own! 

Scratch Art Fireworks & The Science of Fireworks - A Mini Unit from Starts At Eight

Using a few simple supplies your kids can create scratch art fireworks to celebrate anything! These are great for creating around some of the major holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th and New Years. You can even turn it into a mini unit study by adding in some information and resources about fireworks.

Learn About Fireworks

How Fireworks Work

  1. How Fireworks Work – a website explaining the science behind them with vocabulary explained and more.
  2. The Explosive Story of Fireworks! (History of Fun Stuff) – In this book readers will learn all about how they were invented in China over 2,000 years ago, how Queen Elizabeth I created a special honor for the person who created the best fireworks, and much more! There’s even a fun quiz so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned!
  3. How It Happens At The Fireworks Factory – A look into how they are made.
  4. The Science of Fireworks – Check out this article on the science of fireworks and consider doing the fun activity!
  5. Fireworks!: Chemical Reactions (Raintree Fusion: Physical Science) – How do they get their colors? And why do they explode? Read this book to learn all about the chemical and physical properties of materials, as well as firework safety.

Scratch Art Fireworks

Scratch Art Fireworks

Supplies Needed:

  • poster paper
  • crayons
  • black tempra paint & paint brushes (be sure not to use kids washable paint as it will not work)
  • wooden skewers sticks or toothpicks


1. Look at pictures, watch a fireworks display, and read about the science of fireworks. Also talk about how to be safe when using them or watching a fireworks display.

2. Using a piece of poster board have kids color the entire sheet with crayon using a variety of bold firework colors. None of the poster board should show through when they are done.


4. Once this is completed, paint over the entire piece with black paint. (Black like the night sky) The paint should cover the entire crayon work, but not be so thick that it will crack when it dries.


5. Once the paint has dried, take wooden skewer and scrape off a firework design. The colors showing through will appear as the fireworks appear in the black night sky. (We found that kabob skewers were sturdier than toothpicks for scratching.)