Y’all, Reagan and I have a new favorite way to create. Seriously, this was the most fun we have had together creating art. Ever. She never wanted this activity to end and the results are absolutely stunning, but more importantly, this is the activity where (if y’all follow me on Instagram) I was talking about how art turned into science.

We started with just a simple ‘let’s try this and create.’ We added several different mediums to our creation station and Reagan just kept saying to me, “What will happen if we try this?” “Do you think it would be different if we did this [instead]?” “What if we did this first?”

My mind was blown. I was absolutely stunned with what she was thinking and how she was coming up with ideas to try (hypothesis) and then she followed through and performed the experiment. She has never had more fun creating art and engaging in science than she has today with this activity.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify different visual art materials

Science

  • Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions and perform experiments

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify different visual art materials
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Science

  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results

Required Materials

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*Liquid Watercolor

*Photo Paper

*Salt

Lemon

*Baking Dish

*Glitter Glue (Optional)

Step #1

Drip a few dots of liquid watercolor in a deep baking dish.

-If you have a pipette or dropper I recommend usign this, Rea got overly excited about the watercolors and went over board. A dropper would prevent this and the watercolors can last you longer.

Step #2

Squeeze lemon juice over the watercolor drops.

Step #3

Press the photo paper on mixture with the glossy side down and lift to reveal beautiful prints.

Step #4

Add to the image by adding glitter glue and sprinkling salt over the print.

Step #5

We also tried:

  • adding the glitter glue and the salt to the baking dish before creating the print
  • skipping 1 or more ingredients (glitter glue, salt, lemon juice)
  • adding ingredients to the baking dish AND to the final print

All of these resulted in beautiful and different prints and effects. This exploration is what allowed an art activity turn to science.

Teacher Tip

This activity was one of those moments for me where I did a 360 and realized just how important messy art and process art truly is. So while I know you might look at the messy art and think, “Oh gosh, no. Not in my house.” I’m telling y’all, it’s so worth it. You will not regret doing messy art with your child.

HOWEVER, you do want take this on outside because it is messy.

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