Materials: chipboard or cardboard (I use the back of art paper pads), chalk pastels, white glue, salt, liquid droppers, liquid watercolors, cups or muffin/paint tray
- color chip board with chalk pastels, just to add background color! could plan something fancy like using only cool colors with chalk and warm with watercolors, but I just let them choose from all
- drip glue designs (older kids could make shapes/pictures) on chip board
- sprinkle salt all over glue, then shake excess in trash
- drip liquid watercolors carefully onto salt, and watch it spread along the salt trail magically 🙂
This project is SO easy but looks cool and counts as sculpture which I am always trying to make sure I do enough of with my students. Sometimes it’s really nice to do simple projects because the children work so hard and need very little help- they feel successful and get really engaged in the process. And I love seeing how they always come up with a clever way to deviate from the original instructions! – not making circles, stacking circles, or laying them down.
cardboard or chip board, white gesso + white paint (optional), strips of colored paper, glue sticks, white glue
- if you want a white background, paint cardboard (or chipboard- I ALWAYS save the backs of pads of drawing/bristol/watercolor papers) with gesso mixed with white paint
- make circles by using a glue stick on edge of one strip of paper, then folding into a circle and holding for about ten seconds- I tell children not to move on to step 3 unless the circle stays glued closed when they let go
- dip circle in white glue (you can pour glue into small plates or small trays) and place on background
- add lots of circles of different sizes and colors!