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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Air Painting

Today I decided to incorporate science with art which was a lot of fun for my Pumpkin.

The topic was air. We talked about why we need air and what element of it we need for breathing. I asked if we can touch air, if we can see it and later on explained that it's not a solid object.

We mentioned that air can move which creates wind. I asked my daughter to put her hand in front of her mouth and blow on it to feel the air. Then, I encouraged Pumpkin to take a piece of paper, blow on it and make a prediction of what is about to happen. Paper moves because air make it move.

As part of the discussion we made an experiment.

To make it you'll need:

  • a piece of construction paper

  • tempera paint

  • a drinking straw

What to do:

  • take a piece of paper and put some paint on it( I used primary colors to show how they mix and make new ones)

  • give your child a straw and ask to blow on the paint through it

The air flow will move the paints around , mixing them and creating interesting shapes.

That's how it came out.

I did not add water to the paint. If you add some it will be more runny and splatter easier.

Give it a try. I assure your kids will love it!

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Little Ladybugs said...

Awesome.. I love projects like this. My kids also love all things like this.

JosiahsMommy said...

You are such a great mom! Are you going to homeschool your little girl? Feel free to ignore this personal question, I was just curious. She's going to be one smart cookie!

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

Thanks, JosiahsMommy ;)
I am homeschooling my Pumpkin now while she is a preschooler but we are planning on going to a regular kindergarten. The social part is hard when you are homeschooling an only child.

PropellerHeadMom said...

Very cool experiment! My boys would love it!

Michelle said...

We did this recently with watered down tempra paint and it was a lot of fun! The painting came out really nice...we will have to try this without watering down the paint to see the difference.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I really need to do this with my son soon! I know he will love it, I've just been putting it off because of the mess. I think we'll make it an outside project, ha. Thanks for sharing - great blog!