Rainbow Resource Room
Activities with Recipes
Science: Sparkle Painting
Materials: Tempra paint or water colors, various kinds of paper and Epson Salts.
Description: Let the
children paint a picture. Before the picture dries let them
Comments: These make
beautiful butterflies, fish, rainbows, snowflakes and just
No Chipping "Shiny Paint"
Materials: Aluminum foil, dish soap, paint and hairspray.
Description: First cut the foil into interesting shapes. Next, mix 2/3 paint with 1/3 dish soap then let children paint the foil using the mixture. When dry, spray the painting with hairspray to prevent paint chipping and cracking.
Materials: White paint, Ivory Snow and paint brushes.
Description: Mix equal
parts of Ivory Snow and white tempra paint. You will need
Colored Rice Is Nice
Materials: Rice (10 lbs), food coloring,
rubbing alcohol, large zip loc baggies and
Description: Place 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol into a zip-loc baggie and add drops of food coloring. The more you add, the darker the rice. Add 4 cups of rice then seal the bag, and shake until the rice and food coloring has mixed together.Pour out on a cupboard that is covered in tinfoil and let dry overnight. It seems to dry fast, the rubbing alcohol smell stays until completely dry.
Extension: Teachers can color the rice so when dry it looks like pastel colors for Easter. Add plastic easter eggs and plastic chicks and bunnies.
Texture Table Activity
Materials: Elbow macaroni, food coloring, plastic baggies and rubbing alcohol.
Description: Put macaroni, food coloring and a little bit of alcohol in a plastic baggie. Shake to cover the macaroni well. Then remove the macaroni and place on a sheet of paper, wax paper or tin foil to dry. Finally place the macaroni in the texture table with cups, bottles and pans for kids to play with.
Materials: Dry sand, food coloring, cards and glue.
Description: Mix the play sand together with a few drops of food coloring. Mix well to ensure that all of the sand is colored. Repeat this with other colors. Then lay some samples of the sand in small tubs. Allow the children to make pictures using the sand. Then sprinkle sand onto the glue which has been placed on the children's pictures.
Painting with Corn Syrup
Materials: Corn syrup, food coloring, cut out shapes (any that you desire for your theme), spoons and 4 small bowls.
Description: Teachers cut out 1 shape for each child in your classroom. I used hearts for Valentines Day. Place corn syrup in small bowls placing 1 tablespoon syrup in each. Place bowls and spoons on the table and have food coloring in a small dropper in containers on table.
Children spoon corn syrup onto the shapes, and spread the syrup until it covers the entire shape. The preschoolers then drop 3 or so drops of food coloring onto the shape. Children fingerpaint the food coloring over the shape to make designs. The clean up is easy. Just wash hands in warm water, and the youngster like to lick their fingers for a tasty treat.
Materials: Corn syrup, thick paper and food dye.
Description: The kids will love to lick their fingers after this one! Add colors to corn syrup and use as finger paint. It will also act as a glue so the kids can use construction paper to make pictures on it.
Comments: You can
also do yogurt painting. Just add food dye to yogurt and use this as
Teacher Made: Fingerpaint Recipe
Description: Dissolve ½ cup of cornstarch in 1 cup of cold water then pour into boiling water and stir constantly until shiny and translucent. Allow to cool then use as fingerpaint base.Ingredients:
Ladle into jars and stir in food coloring, or tempra. Talcum powder can be added to make the appearance slick. Scents can also be added. Jars of this cornstarch base paint can be refrigerated.
Recipe: "Sidewalk Chalk"
Description: Mix plaster, powder paint, and water in a small bowl until blended.Ingredients:
Quickly spoon the mixture into a cookie cutter, candy mold, or toilet paper tube which as been sealed at one end. Let the chalk dry for about 45 minutes. Carefully pop the chalk out of the mold. If using the toilet roll, peel the paper away carefully.
Add glitter to the chalk mixture before adding the water to make it
Buttermilk and Chalk Art
Materials: Sponge, buttermilk, construction paper or smooth paper and chalk.
Description: Dip sponge
into buttermilk which is in a small container. Press sponge over paper
to dampen. Now draw designs on paper with chalk. Let stand until it
is dry. The buttermilk will help bind the chalk to the dry paper. You
can also use dry
Comments: The children really enjoyed this activity
Materials: Variety of tempra paint, popsicle sticks and disposable plastic cups.
Description: Use 6
scoops of tempra per 6 oz cup. Fill cup ¾ full with water and
tempra. Place plastic wrap over each cup and insert popsicle sticks.
Teacher Made: Yellow Crayon Soaps
Description: Measure 1 cup of mild laundry soap and add 1 tablespoon of foodIngredients:
coloring. Next, add water by the teaspoon until the soap is in liquid form. Stir well,
then pour the soap into ice cube trays. Set in a sunny dry place until hard. Soap
crayons are great for writing in the sink, tub, or sensory table.
Teacher Made: "Crayons"
Materials: Broken crayon pieces; Oven - for teacher's use only, and cupcake papers inside of a cupcake or muffin pan.
Description: Children can place pieces of broken crayon in cupcake papers, the rest is for teachers. Teachers melt the crayons in the oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes. Teachers remove the crayons from the oven and let harden. After the crayons have cooled, pop them out of the cupcake papers.
broken crayons to create chunky crayons for the toddlers and
Mud Soap Recipe
Description: Put one scoop of mud on a tray for each child. Hot lunch traysIngredients: Mud Soap
work good. Let children create designs on the trays and discover how easy it is
to clean their hands when they are finished. Encourage them to talk with each
other about their finger paintings and about how the Mud Soap looks and feels.
Sensory: "Shimmer Candy Corn"
Materials: White construction
paper, sweetened condensed milk,
Description: Draw a candy corn on the construction paper. Make it as large as possible. Next pour the sweetened condensed milk into bowls. Add food coloring to the milk. We use, orange, yellow and clear. Then let the children paint the candy corn. To dry, lay the paper flat. Otherwise the paint runs and it is sticky. Once the paint is dry it leaves a gloss like shimmer.
If the children are old enough, when they finish, we let them "taste" this special paint. The kids think it's a riot when they can eat this paint!
Materials: Glue (½ of bottle works best), blue powered tempera paint and paper.
Description: Mix glue and paint together in bottle then let children make rain drops with the mix by squirting glue from the bottle onto paper.
Comments: When the glue dries it will make the drops stand up.
Materials: Shaving foam, flouro paints, brushes and paint pots.
Description: This is a great alternative to easel paints. Add a small amount of flouro paints to the base of paint pots, then add shaving foam and mix to create beautiful pastel paints. Great with sensory lesson plans. The paint spreads smoothly & smells great. This one is definitely process inspired. The paints tend to crumble as they dry, leaving a soft colorful impression on the paper.
"Stay Put" Glitter
Description: At the childcare center I work in, we mix clear hair gel with glitter. The children can use paintbrushes to paint the glitter on their project. When the gel dries, it dries clear. This is an easier way for me, because the glitter does not end up everywhere.Ingredients:
Natural Leaf Glitter
Materials: Dried Leaves, paint, paint brushes, newspaper and bowls.
Description: Lay the dried leaves on newspaper and ask the children paint the leaves using brightly colored tempera paints. Allow the leaves to dry overnight, then flip the leaves over and paint the reverse sides as well. Again let the leaves dry completely. Once the leaves are dry ask the children crunch them into tiny pieces and put the pieces into the bowls. Now you have an all natural alternative to glitter for many of your future projects.
Materials: White construction paper, water paints, eyedropper, rubbing alcohol and salt.
Description: Tape paper to the table then wet down the paper. Next, have the children water paint pictures. When they are finished, use an eyedropper to cover painting with rubbing alcohol and sprinkle salt onto the painting. When dry, shake off excess salt.
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