Family Friendly Ideas and things to do with the kids to celebrate Bonfire Night 2020
Most of the bonfire night and fireworks events are not happening this year, but don’t worry! We have some great bonfire night ideas to celebrate at home with your family. Thank you to our sister site York Mumbler for this fab blog!
Firework inspired food
Why not have fun creating some edible firework inspired treats to enjoy on Bonfire night? Fun for all ages, these treats can be created with things you can find in the kitchen cupboards. Why not try dipping breadsticks into icing, chocolate spread or peanut butter then into brightly coloured sprinkles to create your own sparklers? Or decorate some biscuits with a blob of icing and food colouring. Using a cocktail stick, drag out from the center to the outside to create firework shapes in your icing and finish off with some edible glitter or sprinkles. You could create your own rockets using fruit and wooden skewers for a healthier alternative.
Edible sparklers (Photo from Pinterest)
Firework biscuits (Photo from Pinterest)
Fruit rockets (Photo from Pinterest)
Glow in the dark games
Fun, family games to play inside or outside in the dark using glow sticks are a safer alternative to having a bonfire. Fill up bottles with water and add some different coloured glow sticks to create your own glow in the dark bowling alley. Join glow sticks together to create hoops and enjoy a game of glow in the dark ring toss.
Glow in the dark bowling (photo from Pinterest)
Glow in the dark ring toss (photo from Pinterest)
For those families who would rather not light their own bonfire, prefer to keep warm indoors or simply don’t have the space, why not try some of these ‘faux bonfire’ ideas. Make some Bonfire inspired cupcakes using chocolate match sticks or Cadbury flake for logs and coloured frosting to create the flames. Add a mini marshmallow on a cocktail stick for added fun! Create your own indoor ‘child safe bonfire’. Decorate empty toilet rolls with a wood grain effect to look like logs and add some brightly fire coloured tissue to create the flames. You could also find some rocks and sticks from outside to create a more realistic looking base. Add fairly lights or battery operated tealights and turn down the lights to watch your homemade fire glow.
Bonfire cupcakes (photo from Pinterest)
Pretend fire (photo from Pinterest)
Pretend fire (photo from Pinterest)
Create some firework inspired art to decorate your house this bonfire night or have fun with some messy, sensory play. Get a toilet roll tube and make lots of cuts about a third of the way up the tube all the way around the edge. Fan the flaps of card outwards and fold over to create a firework shaped paint brush. Dip your new ‘paint brush’ into various colours of paint and print onto black or dark coloured paper to create your own firework display picture. Why not add some rockets to your display? Using toilet roll tubes, card, tissue, pipe cleaners, sparkly pom poms and any other crafty bits you have around the house create to some bonfire rockets.
To create a sensory firework activity you will need shaving foam, paints, paint brushes or cotton buds and a tray or baking tray. Fill the tray with shaving foam and dot on the surface different colours of paint. Let your toddler use a paint brush, cotton bud or their fingers to create firework shapes and patterns.
Toilet roll fireworks (photo from Pinterest)
Toilet roll rockets (photo from Pinterest)
Shaving foam fireworks (photo from Pinterest)
Sizzling savoury snacks
Creating a Bonfire feast can be just as much fun as eating it. Make some Catherine wheel puff pastries by spreading on some tomato puree and adding a sprinkling of cheese before cutting into strips, rolling up and baking. Slide some hot dog sausages onto skewers and wrap with sesame coated puff pastry before baking. Top off with a piece of pepper cut into a triangle to create sizzling sausage rockets. Create a Bonfire inspired plate of veggie dippers, using peppers and carrots to create the flames and breadsticks and twiglets as the logs.
Catherine Wheel Puff Pastry (Photo from Pinterest)
Sizzling sausage rockets (photo from Pinterest)
Veggie dippers (photo from Pinterest)
Bonfire Birthday Party
If you are really looking to pull out all the stops out this Bonfire night for a special occasion why not try some of these extra special treats. Upgrade from a Bonfire cupcake to a show stopping Bonfire Birthday cake. Set up a hot chocolate making station using a slow cooker with lots of different toppings to choose from such as mini marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate and toffee sauces. Upgrade your toffee apples to chocolates apples this Bonfire night. A bit easier on the teeth and you can decorate with sprinkles, nuts even popcorn!
Bonfire birthday cake (photo from Pinterest)
Hot chocolate making station (photo from Pinterest)
Chocolate apples (photo from Pinterest)
Bonfire and Firework Safety
If you are having a bonfire, fireworks or sparklers at home check do out the Action for Children Bonfire Night Safety Tips or watch this video with your kids created by BBC Newsround with tops tips delivered by kids.