Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bubbly Paint is a Blast!

The boys have been doing a variety of chemistry activities lately.
Following doing some chemistry experiments on one of our days, the boys decided to revisit one of their favorite projects that combines art and, we already had some baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring out from our experiments, so the timing was perfect!

To do this art project, have your child add food coloring and vinegar to a plastic paint palette.
Then, have them spoon some baking soda onto each space on the palette and voila!
You will have some very bubbly "paint"!!!

It is fun for children to experiment with the ratios of the baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar...some combinations yield better results than others, but the learning really comes in the PROCESS with this, although the end product of the painting turns out nicely as well. 

Then, after they have added varying amounts of food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar, using small watercolor type brushes, encourage your child paint with this bubbly mixture.

My boys just love doing this!
It works so well when they are already doing either a chemistry project or a cooking project.
The texture of this bubbly paint is neat and when it dries, the paintings have a nice sheen to it.
Such fun and yet, so simple!
The only suggestion is to either have your child do this while wearing a smock or else, like my boys did, paint while in play clothes, as the food coloring stains a bit.

Here are some photos of Little Bro and his painting. Big Bro was helping to clean up the chemistry experiment while Little Bro was starting with his painting...he also got to join in the fun later, but by that point, I had stopped snapping photos.

Do you find yourself dove-tailing subjects and projects such as chemistry, cooking, and art?
We do it here pretty regularly and it works for us...ah, the beauty of homeschooling.
If you do dove-tail subjects while homeschooling, or in the traditional classroom, hope that you will share your ideas in the comments section.
Have a happy rest of your day today!


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