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!


  1. What great messy fun!

    (And I love the Ooey Gooey Lady!)

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

  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!

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

  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.

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

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

  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?

  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?

  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???