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Bonfire Night Activities For Children

by Lisa Jones
Published: Last Updated on 8 comments
Fireworks exploding against the black/blue night sky

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

With bonfire night just around the corner and the country affected with different lockdown rules, you may be wondering what on earth to do to with your little ones on 5th November. Or maybe you are just looking for some family alternatives to fireworks. Afterall, Bonfire night isn’t for everyone. The fireworks with their loud bangs can be frightening, not just for children but also for pets and some elderly people. With that in mind, here are some Alternative Bonfire Night Activities for you and your little ones to enjoy.

Watch Fireworks From Your Windows

With the restrictions in place, there is a high chance that no firework displays will be held this year. However, I can imagine that there will be a lot of people out there who will be letting off their own fireworks. There is no way of stopping people from doing this, we can only hope that they’ll be safe while doing it.

As this is the case, one of my favourite things to do on Bonfire night anyway is watching the night sky from my window. Grab some snacks and a drink and sit with your kids and see how many fireworks you can spot. All from the warmth and safety of your own home.


Just because you’re not having fireworks doesn’t mean you can’t have sparklers! I still love sparklers now and I’m thirty t…..anyway, everyone loves sparklers! To keep everything super safe:

  • Only give to children aged 5 and over
  • Make sure that everyone is wearing gloves
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length
  • Only ever use one at a time
  • Have a bucket of cold water ready to pop the used sparklers in
Close up of a sparkler burning against a black background
Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

Glow Sticks

You’ll need warming up after being outside with the sparklers so grab your glow sticks, turn the lights down low and have a glow stick party. Have your kids pretend to be fireworks with the glow sticks and put on their own display!

Confetti Party Poppers

Let off some party poppers! It will be like your own little firework display in your own home! Yes, they make a mess, but you can make a game of it, seeing who can pick the pieces up fastest! The winner gets a treat!

Obviously, it goes without saying but never point a party popper in the direction of anyone’s face and do not let children use them as they can be dangerous (the party popper and the kid!)

Arts and Crafts

And on to the biggest section – arts and crafts! Here are just some Arts and crafts Bonfire Night Activities for you to do with your child.

Make Their Own Confetti Party Popper

A child-friendly alternative to the confetti party poppers that you can purchase is to make your own!

Save some your empty toilet rolls and get your little ones to decorate them however they want. Cut just the top off of a balloon and tape or glue it to an end of the toilet roll. Tie the end of the ballon and fill with loo roll with your choice of confetti. You could use tissue paper, pompoms, ribbons, ripped up paper, glitter (on second thoughts, you might not want to use glitter – it goes EVERYWHERE!) Then pull back the balloon and POP! Here’s one I made earlier:

Confetti Flinger

If you don’t have a balloon handy, you could just cover one end of the loo roll and fill with confetti. There you have a confetti flinger!

Firework Painting

For this, you’ll need paper (black will work best but any colour is fine), straws and paint! If your paint is quite thick, you might want to water it down with a bit of water.

Pour a small amount of the paint onto the paper and get your kids to blow on to the paint through the straws to create awesome firework pictures. Just keep an eye on them and make sure that they don’t suck any of the paint up!

Go Mad With The Glitter

Get some child-safe glue and get them to draw lines and patterns of their choice on the paper. Pour on the glitter, carefully tip-off and there you have a super sparkly firework picture!

Make A Catherine Wheel

For this, you will need a paper plate and a toilet roll. Have your child decorate the plate however they want then add some tissue paper or ribbon around the edge in equal spaces – well, as equal as you can be bothered!

Make a couple of snips on the roll and fold back. Attach this to the back of the plate, and there you have your Catherine wheel. Here mine and Little J’s creation:

A paper plate sprayer silver is resting on the floor. It has ribbons and tissue paper around the outside

And there you have some easy, simple Bonfire Night Activities for Children. Let me know if you try any of the arts and crafts and how they turn out. I’d love to see them!

For the latest safety advice regarding bonfire night make sure that you check out the Government website.

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Geri Lawhon 08/12/2020 - 2:53 am

I will have to plan my trip over there to coincide with bonfire night.

Lisa Jones 08/12/2020 - 10:22 am

You absolutely should! It really is a spectacular night!

Alex Grace 16/10/2020 - 5:37 pm

Thanks Lisa, there are some great ideas in here. They usually make a big deal of this night in our village and I was stuck to know what to do as a replacement this year, will definitely give some of these a go – plus might get the husband to do some BBQ so it’s like a proper night out but in LOL – thanks for sharing x

Lisa Jones 16/10/2020 - 11:19 pm

Thank you so much! A BBQ sounds like an amazing idea. Just make sure you wrap up nice and warm!! xx

brittshedhappens 15/10/2020 - 6:10 pm

These are some great activities. We don’t celebrate Bonfire Night here, but I am in IN LOVE with the idea of making your own confetti party popper. This is something that could easily be altered to match any holiday by changing up the colours, right? I enjoy getting together with the nieces and nephews up north for Christmas, for example, and I think we’re going to have to have fun with making some Christmas party poppers this year lol

Lisa Jones 16/10/2020 - 11:18 pm

Thank you so much! The party poppers can absolutely be adapted depending on the holiday! I’m planning on making some for Christmas and new year. But definitely with less glitter next time 🤦‍♀️

Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) 14/10/2020 - 10:21 pm

When I was a child and we moved from England to Canada, I couldn’t believe there was no more bonfire night. I used to love it. My sadness was somewhat alleviated by the fact that I could go out knocking on doors on Halloween and people would give me candy. Trick or treating was unheard of in England in those days.

P.S. I’m fifty-something and I still love sparklers! LOL

Lisa Jones 14/10/2020 - 10:35 pm

Oh my goodness, that actually didn’t even occur to me! I would have been so upset!

🤣 got to love a sparkler!

Ah yes, Halloween has never been a huge thing in England like it is in America and Canada. I can image that all the lovely sweets and chocolate helped make up for the lack of fireworks!


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