5. Instruct students to tape one end of the construction paper to the container. Students should then slowly roll the rest of the paper around the container so that the two ends come together and overlap slightly. Again, the instructor should be walking around the room to provide assistance to any students who are struggling to complete this task. If a student is having trouble, show them how to unwrap the paper and begin again.
6. Secure the two ends to the container with Scotch tape.
7. We are not finished with this Fourth of July decoration just yet! Instruct students to glue their 6 blue or white stars of various sizes around the wrapped container. If the student used blue paper to wrap, s/he should use white stars to decorate. If the student used white paper to wrap, s/he should use blue stars to decorate.
8. The last step is to add the "fire" to this firecracker. Give each student 1 sheet of red tissue paper. Show students how to gather the tissue paper together by first placing their "pointer" finger into the center of the tissue paper and then using their other hand to bring the sides up around and together. Tell them to slip their finger out of the center, but continue to keep hold of the gathered tissue paper so that it does not fall apart.
9. Students should then begin gently stuffing the tissue paper (center point, first) into the wrapped container through the teethed dispenser. The tissue should be pushed down into the container until only about 3" - 4" remains sticking out. They can separate the tissue paper slightly to make it look more like flames, if they so choose.
Now your 4th of July crafts are complete!