Friday, July 8, 2011

Fireworks and Fiction

How's this for real-life learning? Completely on his own, Dude decided to research fireworks. First he watched safety videos on YouTube. He learned that you should always have a bucket of water on hand when setting off any type of fireworks.

And you should stay at least 25 feet away from them when they go off. He put an X in the road, measured 25 feet, and taped off our "safety line" in the driveway.

Once he had the safety precautions taken care of, he watched videos of various types of fireworks, to see which ones give you the most bang for your buck!

Thanks to his research, we had a fun, safe 4th of July fireworks show. And no, the above photo was not taken at a fireworks stand! Those are the ones Dude, Super and their friends picked out!

Meanwhile, Super has been getting up early every morning to claim "dibs" on the computer. She is writing a story called Wildfire. None of us has been allowed to read it yet, so all I know is that it's about a group of animals trying to escape from a fire, and it's looooooong. She's done some wonderful illustrations for the book as well. (To see another great project that Super has been working on lately, check out her blog!)

Hooray for summer!


Michelle said...

Great post, and thanks for the safety tips! We did our own fireworks for the first time this year, and these ideas would have made me feel more comfortable with the event. I'm implementing these ideas next time for sure - which may be soon, as we had so much fun!

Kirsty said...

I am so jealous! Home fireworks were banned in most parts of Australia when I was a teenager. How I miss the joy of shopping for something wonderful amongst those bright colours and chasing parachutes! My kids only know sparklers.