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Alternative Ways to Celebrate Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night is something celebrated all over the UK. Many people decide to attend organised bonfires or fireworks displays, but these can often be overwhelming for small children. One way to tackle this is to use noise cancelling headphones or ear muffs to dull the sounds. However, a lot of these displays also happen late at night, past when your child will have a routine of going to bed. So what are the alternatives?

One well known alternative is to watch local fireworks from the comfort of your own house. Many people host smaller, but still as fun domestic fireworks displays. These can be watched from a bedroom window, wrapped up in a blanket together. Staying in the warm, with the sound dulled by the windows can be a good way to introduce your children to fireworks.

Also from the safety of your home are a lot of crafts that can be done on the theme of Bonfire Night. Painting fireworks, creating scratch art, or finger-painting bonfires are just some of the ways your children can represent the occasion on paper. Beyond this, you could make firework rockets from toilet roll tubes, glitters, paints, and foil. These will be just as shiny and exciting to your children, and you can spend a few hours making them! They would be good to decorate with, making your home festive for the occasion.

Aside from crafts, there are games you can play with your children that feature Bonfire Night. A treasure hunt for glow sticks is one way. This can be done in the garden, or turn the lights off in one of the rooms, close the curtains and let your children loose looking for all the glow sticks! Its Bonfire Night’s version of an Easter Egg hunt.

If you do still want to have a day out for Bonfire Night, especially as it is on a Saturday this year, visiting a fairground earlier in the day may be fun. A lot of organised bonfires will have their own fairs attached to them that open hours before the display, which will be suitable for small children to enjoy with a parent. This gives you plenty of time to get home before the noisy fireworks start!

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Bonfire Night. Whatever you choose, stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the festivities!

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