Firework Salt Painting

Explore visual arts while practicing fine motor skills with this quick and easy Firework Salt Painting. Learning about chemical reactions has never been more fun with this painting for kids activity. Don’t forget to add it to your next science preschool theme!

collage of firework salt painting images with text: Firework Salt Painting Process Art Painting for KidsThis month, we’re learning all about science and this week’s chemistry lessons have definitely been a blast. We’ve painted with ice, made a liquid-solid glue blob, created texture art, and today we’re exploring chemical reactions with firework salt painting.

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preschooler dripping liquid watercolor onto salt painting process art
Today we’re exploring the question, “When might you hear something loud?” We learned that a chemical reaction can be seen or heard and we made noises by clapping our hands and stomping our feet.

preschooler using eyedropper to drip liquid watercolor onto salt firework design
Fireworks are a great kid-friendly example of chemistry in real life. After all, my little learners were mesmerized by the fireworks on the fourth of July. Did you know that fireworks are made using metal salts that produce intense colors when they’re burned?

Reactions happen when substances undergo a chemical change and create a different substance.  

We enjoyed researching together to learn which metals create each of our favorite colors. Keep reading to create your very own firework salt painting craft!

preschooler using eyedropper to drip liquid watercolor onto salt painted fireworkFirework Salt Painting

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Paper
  • Salt
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glue

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out the Inspiration Photo and additional supplies.


  • What colors or designs do you see in the photo?
  • How might fireworks work? Explain that fireworks are chemical reactions that cause light to explode in the sky.
  • Invite children to squeeze glue onto paper to create firework designs. Sprinkle salt onto the glue and shake off excess.
  • What might happen if you drip watercolors on the salt? Encourage children to lightly paint over their designs with a very wet paintbrush.


  • Does the child use the materials to create the desired effect of the watercolor spreading?

We used liquid watercolor and an eyedropper for our firework salt painting, but you can use paintbrushes too. Either way, your little learners will be getting lots of fine motor practice.

July is the perfect time to explore fireworks with this simple firework salt painting for kids. It’s quick and easy to draw firework shapes on black construction paper using white glue. When you’re finished, pour salt onto the black paper.

After that, your kiddos can shake off the excess salt and then use watercolor paints with either a brush or droppers to add color to their fireworks.

We almost always paint on a plastic tray, but you could also use a cookie sheet to keep your work area clean.

preschooler filling eyedropper with liquid watercolor
This painting for kids July craft activity is so much fun and would be perfect for New Year’s Eve too. The beautiful swirls and blends of colors created by dripping watercolour paints on salt are also a great way to introduce the concept of color mixing to your preschool and kindergarten learners.

preschooler adding liquid watercolor to firework salt painting
Today’s lesson was also the perfect opportunity to talk about fire safety. We discussed what fire safety rules we know and read about Alfred Nobel. Did you know that many of his experiments used to blow up or cause fires? He’s probably most well known for his invention of dynamite.

preschooler dripping liquid watercolor onto firework salt paintingChemistry Activities for Kids

We love learning about chemistry and I’m sure your little kids will too. Throughout the years, we’ve done lots of fun and engaging activities while learning about properties of matter, states of matter, mixtures, chemical reactions, and of course molecules. Here are a few of our favorites:

preschooler's firework salt painting
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Science Lab preschool theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of firework salt painting images with text: Firework Salt Painting Process Art for Preschoolers