MAKE A SPLASH!
After reading Blue Chicken, children may have fun telling their own stories with paint – while exploring color and the medium of watercolor.
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- Cardstock, watercolor, or other heavy paper
- Liquid watercolor or other watered-down paint, or colored ink
- Plastic drinking straw
- Old toothbrush
- Optional: plastic pipette or dropper
- Newspapers & smock
- This will get messy, so wear a smock and cover your table or floor with old newspapers.
- Pour some liquid watercolor or watered-down washable paint into a container, and drop a large blob of paint on your paper using a dropper, pipette, large paintbrush, or the straw (if you want to play with capillary action).
- Blow on the paint through the straw. Be sure not to suck the paint up through the straw!
- Now add splatters with the paintbrush. Experiment making different splotchy patterns and shapes.
- Use your old toothbrush (and don’t use it afterwards for brushing your teeth!) – while holding it in your fist, run your thumb over the bristles to create a fine, spray of paint.
- And now you’ve made a splash!
- (Note to parents and teachers: if you skip steps #5 and #6, this isn’t too terribly messy. Children have tons of fun just blowing paint through the straw.)
- What happens when you blow through the straw – when you blow slowly? Fast? Did you experiment with changing the angle of the straw? How did that vary the resulting shapes and patterns of paint?
- What happens if you add a second color? When one color bleeds into another, does it make a 3rd color?
- How do the different tools create different effects?
- Look at the forms you’ve created. Do you see anything in them?
- If you want to go a step further, add to your painting. Draw on it or glue things on – any bits and scraps you have around, like tissue paper, yarn, etc. If you want to get fancy, feathers, googly eyes, and glitter are fun too.
- Tell a Story!
- Who made this mess?
- What happens next??