Fourth of July fireworks your kids can actually play with

Jun 24, 2016 at 3:22 p.m. ET
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Fireworks are synonymous with July 4th, but let's face it ... if you have kids at home, you know the big night with big booms can easily end in big tears. Whether your kiddos aren't up for staying up late enough for the sky to get dark enough for a real light show or they're terrified by loud noises, sometimes fireworks are not in the cards on Independence Day.

Fortunately, that doesn't mean your kids have to miss out.

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Those fun scratch art pages you have seen at the store are easy to make right at home ... and we've done them up July 4th style. Whip up a few for the Fourth of July with a fun, patriotic twist.

Scratch art supplies


  • Watercolor paper
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Crayons
  • Black tempera paint
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrush

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1. Tape the paper

DIY scratch art

Tape around the edges of the watercolor paper with the painter's tape or masking tape.

2. Color it in

DIY scratch art

Color in the entire white space in the center with crayons. I chose red and blue in keeping with the patriotic theme.

Next up: Mix the paint

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