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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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Exploration Ice Blocks

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Submitted by: Mandy White

Let little ones explore textures, colors, temperatures and more!

Goals:

  • To learn about different textures
  • To practice matching skills
  • To learn about the different forms of water: gas, solid, liquid

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: ice cube trays, plastic containers, Liquid Watercolor™ and various materials (glitter, colored sand, colored rice, leaves, flowers, rocks, small sticks, etc.).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the different compartments with a little bit of the different materials you gathered. Carefully fill the tray with water. Add some drops of Liquid Watercolor™ to some of the compartments. Allow to freeze overnight.

Step 2.
The next day, empty the ice cube tray into a clear plastic container. Allow the children to touch and feel the cubes and encourage discussion about how the different materials frozen inside of them feel.

Step 3.
Use tweezers to help you explore the different ice cubes, while also practicing the pincer grasp.

Furthermore:
Ask the children to match cubes with similar attributes (colors, size, materials, etc.), or try practicing fine motor skills by stacking the cubes.

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Ocean in a Bottle

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A great project for little hands that is also perfect for Earth Day!

Goals:

  • To create a colorful model of the ocean using recycled materials
  • To demonstrate cause and effect

Before You Start:
Recycle a clear plastic bottle (a water bottle or 2-liter bottle will work well) and assemble other items needed for activity: Liquid Watercolor™, BioColor® Shimmer Powder, tacky glue or masking tape, self-adhesive foam shapes or craft foam, marker and scissors. You may need to use warm water to gently remove the label from the bottle ahead of time.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill a water bottle with water. Add a few squirts of Colorations® Liquid Watercolor, and then add approximately 1 tsp of BioColor® Shimmer Powder.

Step 2.
Close bottle and shake.

Step 3.
Seal cap onto bottle using tacky glue or masking tape.

Step 4.
To add decoration, cut shapes from self-adhesive art foam and stick on bottle. You can use a marker to add details on the foam.

Furthermore:
This project illustrates the fluid quality of water in motion and is fun to watch! Create larger “oceans” by using a 2-liter bottle instead. Make a few different bottles and place in the window. Use silver powder with “cool colors” and gold shimmer powder with “warm colors.”

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Earth Lanterns

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Make light and airy “globes” to decorate your space for Earth Day!

Goals:

  • To create a unique, 3-dimensional art project
  • To demonstrate cause and effect

Before You Start:
Gather all materials needed for the project: Liquid Watercolor™ Lanterns, Liquid Watercolor™, spray bottles or brushes, tempera paint, construction paper (optional) and glue (optional). You may want to lay down a cloth or newspaper to protect areas from the paint. Note: do not over saturate the lanterns when painting.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Assemble the paper lantern according to the instructions included.

Step 2.
Have the children use a spray bottle to paint the lantern blue or turquoise. Encourage them to use a light touch with the spraying (not too wet!). Let dry.

Step 3.
Paint continents with green tempera paint, or, for younger children, let them glue on green construction paper shapes.

Step 4.
When dry, display them! Hang them up with string or clip them to an indoor clothesline.

Step 5.
The globes don’t have to look exactly like our Earth; they can be fanciful. In fact, you can change this project to make all sorts of planets and pretend worlds!

Furthermore:
These lanterns can also be created to celebrate other holidays and occasions, such as Chinese New Year or even a camp or birthday party activity.

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Holiday Wreaths

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Submitted by: Laura Firpo

This is a fun, easy, hands-on (and messy) experience for preschoolers.

Goals:

  • To create a holiday gift children can take home and give to their loved ones
  • To teach children the fun of messy fun in their creations

Before You Start:
You will need shredded wheat cereal, green Liquid Watercolor™ mixed with white glue, ornament hooks, small lids such as from margarine tubs, small plastic bowls, wax paper, red-hot candies or red beads, clear varnish and red bows. You also may want to have handy wipes or wet paper towels on hand for quick clean up of sticky fingers!

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Assist children in shredding the wheat cereal into a small bowl or on wax paper until it resembles sticks.

Step 2.
Help them add their prepared green glue to the shredded wheat until it is covered completely but not runny.

Step 3.
Ask the children to scoop approximately 1/3 cup onto margarine lid.

Step 4.
Using their fingers, instruct children to form an “O” shape.

Step 5.
Place ornament hook into top back of wreath.

Step 6.
Add red-hot candies or beads as berries.

Step 7.
Allow wreath to dry thoroughly 2-3 days on wax paper until rock hard.

Furthermore:
Teacher will need to varnish with clear gloss and add a red satin bow as desired for great take home gifts for children!

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Spray Paint Art

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Submitted by: Amy Nunley

This is a great open-ended activity for developing motor skills and teaching color blending.

Goals:

  • To teach about color blending
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather your materials: spray bottles, several different colors of Liquid Watercolor™ and a large old white sheet you are no longer using. Cut the sheet in half and fill your spray bottles ahead of time. Hang the two halves of the sheet on a fence, approximately 1-1/2 feet above the ground.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Take children outside and show them the spray bottles with paint and the sheets you have placed on the fence. Explain how to spray the sheets (not each other).

Step 2.
Demonstrate how to spray more than one color of paint on one of the sheets. Point to what is happening on the sheet, and talk about what happens when the colors blend together.

Step 3.
Let the children have fun spraying the different colors on the sheets until all of the white space on the sheets has been covered.

Step 4.
Allow to dry in the sun.

Step 5.
Once dry, drape the sheets from the ceiling, make curtains, table cloths, or let the children use as capes or other props for dramatic play.

Furthermore:
By hanging the sheets against something with a pattern, such as a chain link fence, and allowing it to dry there, it will create a pattern on the sheet when dry. You may also provide children with screens or sponges to use with the paint on the sheets.

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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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