Thursday, November 18, 2010

potions as art, or art as potions part 3

We are on a bit of a roll with art experiences that involve mixing stuff together:  the current favorite activity for our potion mad preschoolers.

Sidewalk paint, or cornflour paint is made by mixing together equal(ish) parts of cornflour and water:

To this mixture we added edicol dye (food colouring works just as well).  The colours were brilliant:


And then it was time to paint the concrete:


Some of the kids discovered that flicking the paint brushes produced a nifty splatter effect so we added the fly swatters to see if they would amp up the splatter:


This even caught the interest of "the boys who don't paint", who put aside their building endeavours to have a go:


One of my favorite resources for art recipes is the Ooey Gooey Lady - so many ooey gooey recipes, so few weeks left of term!

9 comments:

  1. What great messy fun!

    (And I love the Ooey Gooey Lady!)

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  2. Oh so much fun. I know my children would love this.

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  3. I haven't had much time lately to post or read, thanks for continuing to inspire and share! I gave you a BLOG AWARD! http://childcentralstation.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-award.html

    I look forward to my mini vacation where I can catch up on all of the wonderful happenings!

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  4. Wow, what amazing inspiring ideas for me to try out - what a lovely blog to stumble upon. Will definitely be trying out some of your ideas.

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  5. Mr. Hobson would be proud of you Mrs. Kable ... in fact I'll bet he smiles when he reads this!
    Donna :) :)

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  6. Oh my, that is hilARious! The flyswatter is brilliant! Will definitely try this one :)

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  7. i ADORE your blog! it is really helping me play with my kids. not that we didn't PLAY, but it is better now. :)
    What exactly is cornflour? is it cornstarch? or is this something i just haven't heard of?
    thanks!!

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  8. Thanks for the lovely comment - so happy you are enjoying the blog. Now, as for cornflour I couldn't say for sure whether that is what we call cornstarch over here but I would think so. Is cornstarch a white, floury substance you use in cooking?

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  9. This may sound like a silly question, but does the paint come off the pavement? I would love to do this activity at school but I don't think our principal would be overly happy if we permanently painted the verandah???

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