New Years Eve Fireworks Pre-Writing Tray

When it comes to New Years Eve, celebrations and fireworks definitely spring to mind! That’s why we decided to create this fireworks pre-writing tray for my daughter when she was younger.

Not only do themed activities help children to make connections to the world around them, this is also a fantastic way of working on pre-writing skills and mark making.

Whilst I wholly believe that children should have school holiday off to rest and rejuvenate, this type of activity is a playful way to keep developing skills without it actually seeming like work!


a 5 year old girl makes fireworks in a tray of sequins

What are pre-writing activities?

As the name suggests, pre-writing activities work on the skills a child needs in order to write. This includes hand-eye coordination, crossing the midlines, fine motor skills, pincer grip, tracking and balance. In this blog post, I specifically focus on this one fireworks pre-writing tray, but there are plenty of fine motor and pre-writing skills activities across the website.


What you will need to make a fireworks pre-writing tray

In order to make this fireworks pre-writing tray you need a few supplies from your craft cupboard:

  • sequins
  • eco glitter
  • paintbrush
  • 2 plastic trays that can be stacked – e.g. trofast trays featured here
  • 2-3 sets of battery operated fairy lights

a close up of the fireworks pre-writing tray

How to Make a Fireworks Pre-Writing Tray

  1. Start by adding 2-3 sets of battery operated fairy lights to one stackable tray, then turn on the lights
  2. Add the second clear stackable tray on top
  3. Pour in a mix of eco-glitter and sequins to cover the bottom of the tray
  4. Invite your child to make fireworks patterns in the mix



More Sensory Play Activities

If you enjoyed this blog post on how to create a cranberry and orange sensory bin, you might also enjoy some of our other sensory play ideas too:

20 Simple Toddler Play Ideas for the IKEA Flisat Table 

5 Benefits of Sensory Play + How to Get Started 

10 sensory play ideas for Autumn 

Sunflower Sensory Play

How to make Lavender sensory rice 

How to make apple playdough + 15 ideas to try 

How to make cranberry and orange playdough

Simple Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin 

Do you need more help with sensory play?

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Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.