- To let children see how colors blend when filter is moistened
- To learn about color blending and to predict outcomes
- To give children a sense of accomplishment as they can do this on their own
- To have fun creating a simple, open-ended springtime craft
Before You Start: Gather large coffee filters, one for each child. [Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes (BIGTEX) are perfect thick filters for this activity.] Set out Colorations® markers, spray bottles pre-filled with water and wiggly eyes. Cut out small rectangle strips and triangles of tin foil for children to decorate their creations with. Draw and cut out a few animal templates from construction paper for the children to share if they wish, or let them create something open-ended.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Have children flatten their coffee filters on a tabletop or other flat surface. (You may want to protect the surface with butcher paper or newspaper since there will be water involved.)
Step 2. Let the children color their coffee filters any way they like with the watercolor markers. The more rough the designs and colors look, the more the colors will blend together when wet.
Step 3. Let the children color their coffee filters any way they like with the watercolor markers. The more rough the designs and colors look, the more the colors will blend together when wet.
Step 4. If you have time, set aside the filters to dry for a few hours, or blow dry the children's filters with a hand-held blow dryer for about 5 minutes. Watch how the colors run together and create new designs and colors like a rainbow!
Step 5. Once their filters are dry, ask the children what they see in their rainbow creation. Perhaps some will remind the kids of the coloring of an animal, plant or something else in nature. Demonstrate to the children how to trace a shape on their filters, or let them draw their own shape. Help them cut out their shapes as needed.
Step 6. Have children glue on decorative items like wiggly eyes, pom-poms, tin foil shapes, stickers, etc. to decorate their creations. No two will be alike.
Step 7. Now every child has their own unique, rainbow creation to display in the classroom or have as a keepsake.
Furthermore: You could decide to tie this to a lesson about a certain animal, like a fish, and have the children make their own unique fish. Make the fish look like they are underwater by gluing them to a blue piece of construction paper and then glue one sheet of slightly crumpled plastic cling wrap on top for a neat aquarium effect.
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