Welcome back to our series of Autumnal fun. Last week I gave you two free printable scavenger hunts that you take on a woodland walk and we showed you how to make a super cool leaf bowl too. This week it's all about Bonfire night in the U.K, famous the world over for Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. Never heard of it before? Fear not I have covered the history below and then I have some cool arty crafty fun for you too.
When is Bonfire Night?
Bonfire Night is always on 5th November every year however when the 5th falls mid week it is often celebrated on the weekend after it.
What is Bonfire Night
Although Bonfire Night is not as big an event as Christmas, it’s something that most families really enjoy, is always covered in schools, and is part of our national traditions. It all happened on the 5th November 1605, when King James 1st survived the “gunpowder plot” – an attempt to assassinate him and replace him with a Catholic head of state. The plot consisted of a plan to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder, and was led by Robert Catesby, but the name most remembered is that of Guy Fawkes who was found guarding the stash of gunpowder when the plot was uncovered. Although many households do light their own fireworks at home in their back gardens, public displays are always very popular and are my preferred option. The public celebrations for Bonfire Night nearly always include a large bonfire as well as the firework display. It’s traditional to have a “guy” burning on top. This is a large human type figure often made of newspaper and cardboard and then dressed in old clothes. This symbolises an effigy of Guy Fawkes, a reminder of how he and his co-conspirators were sentenced to death after the plot was thwarted. Today the political aspects of the plot are not so significant and these symbols are just carried on as tradition. The focus has shifted more to the fireworks and enjoying family time. There are often other attractions like fairground rides and face painting at the public displays too. Not forgetting of course some great food with the classic fish and chips, burgers, hotdogs and treats like toffee apples and fresh doughnuts.
Pop Up Firework
I love this craft, tuck all the ribbons inside the cone and then with a simple wave you can make your own fireworks display.
What you need:
- Wooden Spoon
- Black Paper or card
- Different coloured ribbons
- Optional Star Stickers
Cut out a circle of paper up to 45cm across. We used black sugar paper but any colour will do, you could even recycle some old wrapping paper or newspaper.
Find the midpoint of the circle by gently folding the circle in half and half again but don’t press down the folds, you don’t want permanent creases!
Cut from the outside of the circle in a straight line to the midpoint. Then you can roll the paper up into a cone and staple or sticky tape it into place to stop it uncurling.
You need to fit the wooden spoon into the paper cone, so snip off a tiny bit of the cone’s point, just large enough for the spoon handle to fit in to.
To make all the colourful “fireworks” that will pop out of the cone simple cut lengths of ribbon approx 50cm long and tie them all together onto the handle of the wooden spoon. The ribbon could easily be swapped for fabric or crepe paper if you prefer.
All you need to do now is insert the spoon into the cone and tuck and hide all the ribbons inside.
Star stickers, paint, glitter or anything else you fancy could be used to decorate the outside too if you fancy
Big Ben Fireworks
This is super simple, just click on the silhouette of the houses of parliament below and print them out. Cut it out and follow the details below.
- Cut out the skyline templates of lots of tall building shapes, I like to cut it into sections so that they can be overlapped on the coloured backing card.
- Cut a sheet of purple card in half to make it A5 size. Cut out a 4cm diameter circle of white sticky card and place this in the top right corner for the moon.
- Stick the layered skyline on the bottom half of the purple card.
- Use a silver glitter glue pen to edge the buildings on the sides that the moon would be shining on.
- Use other colours of glitter to draw exploding fireworks in the sky. Add some tiny dots of glitter nearer the buildings and smudge with a finger to look like fireworks in the distance.
That's it for this week but make sure you come back next week for more great autumnal ideas, Im going to expand on the forest walks and fun activities for kids. See you soon, why not check out some older posts below before you go?