Thursday, January 5, 2012

Frosty Pictures

We did this craft the same day we did the salt watercolor craft. We were just having way too much fun! This was another one I saw on pinterest, but again, had heard about for some time. This time, I found the step by step on Brimful Curiosities.

Supplies needed:
Blue construction paper
brushes (we used foam ones)
small bowls
Epsom salt
boiling water

Start by measuring 1/4 cup salt and a 1/4 cup boiling water, and mix until salt dissolves. While waiting for that to cool a bit, have the kids draw pictures with the crayons. I told them to pretend this was a window looking outside, and what would you see outside in the winter.  When we were done drawing, I poured the salt water into 3 small bowls. I showed the kids how to dip the brush into the water and totally cover the paper. Once the entire paper was coated in salt water, we put them on top of the dryer in the laundry room to dry. When they dry, you should see crystals form, and look like ice on the window. We discovered that my picture, with the least amount of water, just looked slightly icy. While L and D, put more water (puddles in places), had more larger crystals. Our crystals started to show just an hour after we painted on the water. After a few hours, they were mostly dry. The kids really thought it was neat to see all the different looks of the salt crystals on the pages!

D hamming it up for the camera

L, deep in thought about his drawing

My snowman

Starting to brush the salt water over my drawing

D also drew a snowman, and L drew a snowball fight!

Painting away!

The start of the crystals on L's paper

D's frosty looking snowman!


Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

We've had this on our list of activities to do (Epsom salt is on the counter!) Now I have the "How To" so thank you and will mention your blog if I post this! Thanks for listing your blog! Need new blogs to look at!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Hi, Melissa from the Chocolate Muffin Tree told me about your project. So glad it turned out! I think we'll have to give it another try sometime this month, too. Thanks very much for the mention!

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