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Friday, February 3, 2012

Ice Painting


Aubrey was wanting to experiment with ice and water, so I thought that this would be the perfect lesson for that.  It also (unexpectedly) taught her about mixing colors.
Our Vocabulary Words:Ice
Primary Color
Secondary Color

What you will need:
Ice cube tray
Food Coloring
Hair Dryer (optional)

Start by having your child pour water into all the cubes of the ice cube tray.  Carefully add two-four drops of food coloring to each cube.  To do the mixing colors, you will want at least two of yellow, red, and blue.
Freeze Overnight!
Put white paper on tray and two primary color ice cubes on tray.  Let your child loose!  Aubrey alternated between using the hair dryer to melt the ice and rubbing it around with her hands.  She loved watching the ice melt and change colors as it ran into the other colors.

Hang the pictures up to dry.

While your child is painting with the ice cubes, make sure that you show them how the primary colors are making new colors:  secondary colors.  Also use the vocabulary words.  We did this with each of the paintings.  After we were done, we did a review "worksheet."  I wrote the color "equations" and Aubrey colored it in.

I stapled the colors we started with on the backs of the painting to remind her of what colors we started with.  Then we hung them on her Art Wall clipboards.

Aubrey is so proud of her work!

1 comment:

  1. This project is both genius and cracks me up, because Tim has trouble with "adding" colors. At least once a month, he'll turn to me and go "red and yellow make....green?" I showed him this post and told him I could set up the project if he thought it'd help him remember the information better. Be sure to tease him a little about this the next time you see us!