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Glittery Salt

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Create bright, three-dimensional collages or fill glass jars with layers of sparkling color! Turn flat surfaces into imaginative, tactile, sparkly works of art, with salt as your main ingredient! Add rich, vibrant color, and great texture to any collage.

Goals:

  • To observe cause and effect
  • To have fun with a sensory art activity
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather sand art bottles or recycle, small clean empty glass jars or bottles with lids from home. Set out funnels, rock salt or table salt, Liquid Watercolor™ paints, a 1/4 measuring cup, a tablespoon, BioColor® Shimmer Powder and paper towels.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Add 1 Tbsp. of Colorations® Liquid Watercolor to ¼ cup of regular table salt or rock salt, and mix.

Step 2.
Spread mixture out on a paper towel and microwave on high for 2 minutes.

Step 3.
Using fingers break up the dried pieces until the consistency is granular again.

Step 4.
Try adding baby oil or Metallic Powder for a shimmering effect. Adds rich, vibrant color, and great texture to any collage. (Does not work with gold, silver or white.)

Furthermore:
Salt teaches children about science. It’s very absorbent and reduces the freezing point of water. That’s why rock salt is sprinkled onto roads after a snowstorm: it lowers the freezing point of water and makes driving safer. It’s also used to make homemade ice cream. Think about it!

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Winter Snowflakes

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Submitted by: Elizabeth Claudio

Create a translucent snowflake to decorate windows or as a Christmas tree ornament children can give as a gift.

Goals:

  • To help develop fine motor skills
  • To satisfy children’s need to design something unique

Before You Start:
You will need white glue, wax paper and “snow” (i.e. opal glitter) and pipe cleaners or string for hanging.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place the wax paper on a table, you can pretrace the design or let children be creative and make their own snowflakes.

Step 2.
Help children trace their line with a thick amount of glue.

Step 3.
Sprinkle “snow” and let set overnight.

Step 4.
The snowflake should be dry enough to lift off the wax paper and hang on a string or pipe cleaner to decorate on a Christmas tree or hang by the window.

Furthermore:
This project is fun and easy and creates a great “take-home” gift around the holidays!

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Firecrackers / Sparklers

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Submitted by: Phyllis Ettinger

Children can add zest to their art activity using a variety of different tools to create their artwork!

Goals:

  • Encourage children to create art using different tools
  • Broaden children’s concept of art by encouraging their imagination

Before You Start:
Encourage children to express what they see and feel when they view fire works. Provide bowls filled with a variety of different colors including black. Include Colorations® Glitter Paint and Dabba Dabba Dot Painters in your preparation.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children slip a Dabba Dabba Dot Painter on their finger.

Step 2.
Encourage the children to make designs on the paper utilizing different colors of Colorations® Glitter Paint.

Step 3.
Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4.
Place a dab of black BioColor® paint on one side of paper.

Step 5.
Scrape the paint across the paper to create the look of a fireworks display.

Step 6.
A simple alternative is to provide black construction paper for children to make their “Dabs” with glitter paint directly on the black paper.

Furthermore:
Children will experience first hand color resist with this project. Each child will have a different “fireworks show!”

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Fork Painting Fireworks

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Submitted by: Ann Nelson

Kids will paint beautiful fireworks on black construction paper for a fun Fourth of July project!

Goals:

  • To develop color recognition
  • To strengthen fine motor skills
  • To engage in collaborative artwork and sharing

Before You Start:
You will need one piece of black construction paper per child, orange, yellow and red liquid tempera paint, and gold glitter. Pour each color on a separate paper plate. Finally, give each child a plastic fork (after discussing the rules of using the forks, the forks stay on the paper or in the paint, not in the air).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have the children dip their forks into a plate of paint, then transfer the paint onto the black construction paper.

Step 2.
Do this repeatedly with one color of paint in the same spot on the paper until there is enough to spread.

Step 3.
Use the fork to spread the paint, making outward strokes to create fork prints.

Step 4.
When they are done with one color, they can use another color with a new fork.

Step 5.
When the children are done, sprinkle gold glitter onto their fireworks, shake off excess, and let dry.

Furthermore:
Put artwork on display for the Fourth of July holiday!

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Colored Glue Butterfly

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This unique project has a fun sensory component!

Goals:

  • To have fun with a unique sensory activity
  • To encourage creative expression

Before You Start:
Set out glitter/colored glue, Nancy™ bottles and construction paper.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Using use Colorations® Rainbow Glitter Glue or other colored glue in Nancy™ Bottles, make 2 different colored reversed zig-zag patterns lengthwise on a piece of paper.

Step 2.
Using another color, draw a line through the zig-zag pattern.

Step 3.
Fold the paper in half widthwise and using the palm of your hand, move the colored glue across the paper towards the outer edge, and open.

Step 4.
Sprinkle with salt, sequins, glitter or confetti for a textured effect.

Furthermore:
Once dry, you can cut out your design and hang on display. Or, make it into a mask for dramatic play!

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