Saturday, July 2, 2011

Salt Painting Fireworks

Alex is getting pretty excited to celebrate Independence Day this year. He is excited to see fireworks and the parade. So today I thought we would try a fun little activity that I had seen on I Can Teach My Child blog. We made some salt absorbing firework paintings. Alex really enjoyed it. It was pretty simple. I drew some firework shapes on a piece of black construction paper with glue. Alex sprinkled the wet glue with salt until it's completely covered, then we tapped off any excess.

Then he used a eye dropper to drip red and blue water (food coloring and water) on the salt. As the salt absorbs the liquid, the water will move along the glue lines and it created our "Fourth of July fireworks".

It was a pretty interesting and fun effect. If you try this be sure to let your child know that the creation won't last. The salt comes off very easily once it is dry.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend!

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