This is a fun long weekend (or any other time) activity that is good for both inside and outside.
You will need 4 ingredients…
- Corn Flour
- Bicarbonate Soda
- Food Colouring
I guess that is technically 5…
We started with equal parts of each using a 1/3 cup measurement cup. In hindsight I should probably have used our trays to contain the mess! Me Too enjoyed measuring the ingredients and pouring them into a strawberry punnet…recycled materials are perfect for art and science as you can discard them when finished without a messy clean up.
Me Now enjoyed sensory play with the dry ingredients…pow…this stuff goes everywhere!
We experimented with the recipe until we reached a consistency that seemed to work. A fun way to be a ‘real’ scientist who needs to adjust the portions until the goal is reached. Initially we reduced the water but later added it back when we realised it was too stodgy. I was aiming for a traditional paint consistency but this paint is a lot thinner. Here it is before we added extra water…
Mr Me was the only one left at the table at this point, the younger two had chosen to move onto something else. Mr Me made a squiggle drawing on black paper and painted each section in different colours. They dried very quickly, literally before our eyes…evaporation in action!
If you look carefully in the photo below you can see that the blue paint has separated with the dry ingredients forming a light blue colour on the bottom and the liquid making dark blue on top. We needed to keep mixing them as we painted. When we added more water and it mixed together better. Overnight we observed this separation even further. Science and art in one!
The next day we took our paint outside onto the concrete. The colours were really bright when they dried…the photo doesn’t really do it justice. On the concrete they took longer to dry than on paper…an opportunity for discussion about why or further research.
Me Now wanted to paint ‘men’…I painted the outline and he painted over the top, discussing body parts.
Me Too discussed shapes and how many sides they have (you can see in this photo where the pair has dried and where it is still wet)
Mr Me created a timeline (this is the beginning of it…they have been learning about the ‘Olden Days’ at school)
This is a fun activity with many possibilities. Where will it take you and your budding artist or scientist???