This started off as an icicle craft inspired by Inner Child Fun that we extended in to a science lesson as well.
On day 1, I prepared the following materials:
- Two half-sheets of blue paper
- Salt (that I had put into an old spice container so the kids could shake it on to their crafts)
The kids started by putting a thick line of glue at the top of their papers. Then they held the papers up, watching the glue run down the paper to form icicles.
Next, they sprinkled the salt on the glue to form salt icicles. They LOVED this part, and of course just had to go overboard with the salt. Having a tray under their projects helped tremendously with clean up.
Once the salt was on, we let the icicles dry and the craft part of the project was done.
Then I decided to add a science component to the project.
On day 2, I prepared the following materials:
I invited the kids to use the pipettes to suction up the blue liquid and drip it on to their icicles.
Then we watched as the color slowly spread along the icicles, almost like magic.
The kids were hooked, and continued to color their icicles.
Just a note: to really get the full effect of the spreading liquid, it is better to use less than more. My kids, being the preschoolers they are, don’t know the meaning of the word “moderation” and preferred to flood their icicles with as much color as possible.
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