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Tape Art

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Submitted by: Alison Busby

Toddlers use tape to create amazing effects in their art.

Goals:

  • To explore cause and effect
  • To practice fine motor skills
  • To participate in a hands-on sensory activity

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: paint in multiple colors, masking or painter’s tape, cardstock or heavy painting paper, paint brushes.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Apply tape to the paper in the desired design.

Step 2.
Use fingers or painting tools to paint over the tape.

Step 3.
Carefully remove the tape from the paper.

Furthermore:
Try adding additional layers of colors. After painting with one color and removing the tape, put down more tape and paint a second color. What happens in the areas where the paint colors overlap?

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Iceberg Melt

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Submitted by: Kate Parker

Using icebergs made from paint, children watch the melting process and make observations of the combination of colors, flow of the melting colors and the elapsed time needed for their “icebergs” to melt.

Goals:

  • To practice measuring
  • To understand the difference between liquids and solids
  • To hypothesize about the new colors created when colors are mixed
  • To create art and patterns from the melting “iceberg” paint
  • To discuss where real icebergs can be found

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: small paper cups, markers, water, BioColor® paint colors and a covered working surface.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each student a small paper cup and have them write their name on it. Students should add their own mix of BioColor® paint to their cup. Freeze overnight.

Step 2.
Have the children guess (i.e., make hypotheses) what will happen when their icebergs begin to melt and blend together. What new colors will be created?

Step 3.
Tear away the paper cups to release each iceberg. Place the icebergs on a plastic tray, panel or another type of water container.

Step 4.
Observe the melting icebergs. Which hypotheses proved to be true? Encourage the children to develop new hypotheses as they observe.

Furthermore:
Discuss further scientific principles that can be observed while the icebergs are melting. For example, solid water (ice) floats on liquid water. Do the melting paint colors blend the same way they do on paper?

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Marbleizing with Shaving Cream

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For all kinds of craft projects with beautiful and dramatic effects in minutes.

Goals:

  • To practice manipulating materials using a paint scraper
  • To encourage creative thinking

Before You Start:
Set out art trays, Colorations® Liquid Watercolor paint, Colorations® No-Drip Foam Paint, cardboard frames, paint scrapers and plastic forks.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cover an art tray with an inch of white Colorations Foam Paint.

Step 2.
Drizzle 3-5 colors of Colorations® Liquid Watercolor directly onto the foam.

Step 3.
Take a fork or pick and drag it gently through the top layer of foam and paint, creating a “marbled” color pattern.

Step 4.
Lay a cardboard frame on the foam paint mix. Lift off and use BioColor® Scraper to scrape off the excess.

Furthermore:
Frames make wonderful keepsakes and gifts for loved ones. Try using white paint to add contrast to marbled designs.

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Liquid Watercolor™ Spray Paint

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Submitted by: Alison Engling

This is a good activity to do in the grass, or you can just spread a lot of newspapers in an open area.

Goals:

  • To teaching primary and secondary color recognition
  • To explore creativity and messy fun

Before You Start:
Adults put Liquid Watercolor™ into spray bottles. Use watercolor paper for the most substantial and best blended results, but also try it with Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflake coffee filters or tissue paper. (Note: these will fall apart if too soaked).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Use a theme, such as nature (leaves, flowers, etc.) and have the children cut out their own shapes.

Step 2.
Have children spray the paper to see what effects can be created.

Furthermore:
This is an excellent introduction to how primary colors can be blended together to create secondary colors.

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Liquid Watercolor™ Paper Flowers

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Make and gather your own bouquet.

Goals:

  • To encourage creative expression
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, droppers, spray bottles, bingo bottles, paintbrushes, Liquid Watercolor™ paint and pipe cleaners. You may want to pre-fill bottles ahead of time with paint and pre-cut coffee filters into 2 inch strips for the petals.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Use droppers, spray bottles, brushes or bingo bottles to apply Liquid Watercolor™ to two paper petal strips, dry and then gather the petals together.

Step 2.
Wrap the base in a pipe cleaner or rubber band.

Furthermore:
You can also use the flowers to decorate the tops of pencils. Once you’ve attached a flower to a pipe cleaner, simply wrap the pipe cleaner around the top portion of a pencil. Or, you can tape the flower to the top of the pencil by itself. Personalize the flower pencils by writing a name or a short message on a few of the petals. These make great gifts for loved ones.

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Liquid Watercolor Lanterns

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These are sure to liven up any room, but are not intended for use with light bulbs or candles.

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for the activity: Liquid Watercolor™ Lanterns, Liquid Watercolor™ paint, spray bottles, glitter glue, sequins, rhinestones and newspaper to protect work area. Pre-fill spray bottles with paint.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Following the instructions included, assemble your Liquid Watercolor Lantern.

Step 2.
Using a brush or spray bottle, paint the lantern with a colorful variety of Colorations® Liquid Watercolor. Allow to dry.

Step 3.
Accent with glitter glue, sequins and rhinestones as desired and hang.

Furthermore:
Lanterns can make a great addition to parties and celebrations. This is a wonderful activity for small groups.

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Gelatin Giggles

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Watch as the various colors “bleed” in, out and around the see-through gelatin!

Goals:

  • To encourage cause and effect
  • To promote exploration of materials
  • To have fun with a unique sensory activity

Before You Start:
Gather materials: plain unflavored gelatin, plastic droppers, Liquid Watercolor™ paints, tall containers or mixing bowls and an art tray.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Dissolve plain gelatin according to directions on package.

Step 2.
When gelatin is ready, pour into tall containers or mixing bowls that have been lightly greased and refrigerate overnight.

Step 3.
When set, release the gelatin upside down onto an art tray.

Step 4.
Set out paint cups filled with various Colorations® Liquid Watercolors. Using extra long droppers, allow the children to dip ‘n’ poke into the wobbly gelatin. Watch the colors move around inside the gelatin!

Furthermore:
Cut the gelatin into “worms” or other fun shapes, and let children explore with their hands. Gelatin makes a wonderful tactile activity.

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