How to make the easiest DIY liquid watercolor ever!

It’s summer and a rainy day here which is the perfect kind of day for me to sit at my kitchen table and tinker around with new ideas. And that is how I figured out how to make the easiest DIY liquid water color ever.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

What you need…

You will need a set of colored craft sticks, some clear cups, and water.

Now the kind of colored craft sticks you buy can make a difference in the strength or vibrancy of the color. I used a package by Horizon Group which is the simple colored craft sticks available at most Walmart stores. I tried a more expensive brand and they didn’t work as well. So for this, go with the cheap stuff.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

Clear cups are not a must have but this is the kind of process that is so much cooler when you can really see the color change in progress.

Water is a must. Just use tap water or bottled water. If you want to make a bunch and store it, then go with bottled water so it keeps its clarity longer.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

What you do…

Invite your students to help you sort the sticks by color. Yes, this is a great exercise for math, science, and art! Then invite your little ones to fill clear cups with water. How much water is really up to you. I just filled my small cups up about 3/4 full so the ends of the craft sticks stayed rather dry. Then drop the craft sticks in the water and let them soak for a bit. The water will start to turn color immediately if you have nice cheap colored craft sticks.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

Of course, the more craft sticks you add, the more color you will get but in my case, four or five craft sticks worked fine but then I got carried away and just added the whole bag. And the longer you leave the craft sticks in the water, the more vibrant the color will be. I left my craft sticks in the water all morning but these photos were taken within five minutes from the time I placed them in the water.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

When you are ready to use your DIY Liquid Water Color then take the craft sticks out and set them on a paper towel to dry. The craft sticks will still be useable after they dry out and still have color.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

I also found that there was so much dye in these craft sticks, that I was able to even make a whole second batch of liquid water color using the same craft sticks.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

And that is it! Your DIY Liquid Water Color is ready for exploration.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

What you need to know…

If you handle the wet colored craft sticks, your hands will turn colors. But the diluted color (liquid water color) doesn’t turn your hands color unless you make the color super duper strong. So just keep that in mind.

What is so cool…

The cool part of this whole thing is that you can do an entire lesson involving the colored craft sticks from counting, sorting, patterning, designing, crafting, and ending things up with this fabulous process. The second cool thing is that you probably have a set of these colored sticks up in a cabinet somewhere but if you don’t, then keep a set handy for one of those days when you just don’t have time or money to go out and buy the expensive liquid water color or you just want to add a quick little water color to your day then you can just grab a few colored craft sticks and you have all the color you need.

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

What you can do with DIY Liquid Water Color…

You can paint with it for starters. The paint will be a little more runny than a tempera paint but it great paint for wood, water color paper, and paper towels…

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

Definitely use liquid water color for adding color to your water play table, shave cream play, or other sensory play ideas. Then there is exploring color mixing. My grand children spent about an hour just mixing colors and dropping color on paper towels. My eldest grandson was determined to make the color black…

How to make the easiest DIY Liquid Watercolor ever!

If you follow me on Facebook, then you might like to see the video I have shared there as well or see below…

Links to Grow On!

DIY Magnetic Craft Sticks

Craft Stick Rainbow Puzzles

Lining Up Colored Craft Sticks

 

By | June 14th, 2016|Categories: Creative Art, DIY|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

The Crayola Corner

Providing lots of opportunity for children to explore drawing, writing, coloring, and painting in your classroom means gathering up supplies to keep available in your classroom. Some of the supplies on your list will need to be purchased like crayons and markers and paint!

The Crayola Corner and a Back To School Give-Away by Teach Preschool

Crayola sent me this set of products as a way to kick-start my classroom supply list and was kind of enough to offer a similar set like what is shown in the photo below to one of my readers who enter this give-away today…

The Crayola Corner and a Back To School Give-Away by Teach Preschool

My grandsons didn’t want to wait until preschool starts to try the Crayola products out so I added the materials to things I already had on hand and set up a Crayola Corner for the boys to create any way they would like!

The Crayola Corner and a Back To School Give-Away by Teach Preschool

I love having a variety of writing and painting tools available all at one time so the children can use more than one kind of media while they explore the process…

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If you would like to enter this give-away to kick-start your back-to-school supply list, then simply follow the directions below…

The Crayola Corner and a Back To School Give-Away by Teach Preschool

 

Back-to-school Crayola Give-Away

To enter this give-away, simply jump over to the Crayola Website and check out all their products. Then come back to this post and leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Crayola product is or share with me what new product you found while on the Crayola Website that you would love to try!

Entry Rules…

  1. Enter the give-away by leaving one comment below. Comments left on Facebook or by email will not enter you in the give-away.
  2. Be sure to use a valid email when entering the give-away so I can notify you if you win.
  3. Entries will be closed on Sunday August 10th by 10:00pm EST.
  4. A winner will be chosen by random generator and an email will be sent to the winner.
  5. The winner has 48 hours to respond with their name and address so Crayola can send them the set of materials or a new winner will be chosen.
  6. Crayola will send the winner a set of Crayola brand products of their choosing (but should be similar to what they sent me).
  7. This give-away is only open to those who live in the US!

If you have never left a comment here before, your comment will not appear on the blog right away but I will check in and approve all comments throughout the day! 

I hope you will join in! Have fun getting ready to go back to school!

Disclosure: Crayola sent me a set of products to use in my classroom and to offer my readers a give-away.  I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions in this post are my own.

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By | August 7th, 2014|Categories: Give-Aways|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Color mixing

A few days ago, I showed you how we used our donated egg cartons for art.  Today, I’d like to show you how we used those same egg cartons for a simple, yet engaging, color mixing activity…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

For this activity, we set out cups filled with watered down water color paints, pipettes, and egg cartons.  We set all of these out on a table, along with a few paper towels to help soak up our drips and spills.  The children each got their own empty egg carton and went to work on creating their own beautiful set of colors…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

We’ve explored color mixing many different ways in the past, but I think this is one of my very favorite ways to let the children explore this process…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Essentially, the children take on the role of little scientists, experimenting with different color combinations.  And while it may seem like a rather simple process to us grown-ups, the skills that the children are gaining are quite complex…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

First, the children must figure out how to get the colored water into the pipettes.  This requires some fine motor skills and quite a bit of coordination to know when to squeeze and let go of the bulb.  This, alone, always takes some practice for our children even if they’ve used the pipettes before…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Then the children must use their critical thinking skills to determine how much liquid to put into each individual cup and when to stop before it overflows…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

And then there is the whole color mixing process.  Some children will carefully consider what colors they want to mix together.  They may already know that red and yellow make orange, but they test out their theory just to be sure.  And it’s so much fun to listen to them squeal in delight as they discover a new color combination that is to their liking…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Inevitably, you will have the children who just love the process so much that they don’t really care about the final product and their colors eventually become a brown muddled mess.  That’s okay, too, because those children are just as engaged, sometimes more so, in this wonderfully creative scientific process…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Cleaning up after a color mixing activity like this one is really half the fun.  Because almost always there is beauty to be found in the spills and messes…

Color mixing by Teach Preschool

Sometimes when you have such a fantastic response to an activity, you simply can’t discard the product.  Stick around because tomorrow I will be sharing what we did with our fabulous color mixing creations.  You won’t want to miss it!

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Explore and discover bubbles in a bowl science

Today, our explore and discover linky is all about science.  We have been doing so much science in our classroom that it was hard to decide what to share for this post. I decided to share our bubble activity but keep in mind that science in the preschool classroom isn’t just about things that bubble or pop. For young children, science is about inquiring, questioning, observing, and exploring…

Exploring bubbles and colors by Teach Preschool

Blowing bubbles in a bowl isn’t a new idea for most of us in early childhood education, however the process often becomes focused on creative art.  You know, where the children place a piece of paper over the top of their bubbles and then lift it up to see their beautiful print.  I love doing that too but for this bubble in a bowl activity, we kept the focus on just exploring the bubbles and color….

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

To get us started, the children poured about a half of a cup of water in their bowls. We didn’t actually measure the water but I demonstrated how to pour water into a bowl so that it doesn’t get too much and the children estimated their own amount of water from there…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

Then the children added a good squeeze of Dawn dish soap and stirred the water and soap together with their straws…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

We talked about how to blow through the straws and to be sure not to suck the liquid up through the straws before ever getting started.  We even practiced this a bit so the children would get the idea. Once the children mixed up their soap and water it was time to start blowing bubbles…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

The more the children blew, the higher the bubbles grew in their bowl.  We could see all the little tiny bubbles working together to form one big bubble on top of our bowls…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

The children were invited to try popping their bubbles or using their whole hand to squish their entire bubble mass all the way down then blow them back up again…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

As a second step in this process, the children also used pipettes to add colored water to their bubbles.  The children could observe the water flow down through the bubbles into the bowl below (another reason for not starting with too much water in the bowl)…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

If the bowl started to get too full, the children could go to the sink and pour it out then start all over again. Some children, however preferred to have two separate bowls so they could compare the bubbles as they went along…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

I had heard that if you take a needle and poke it through one end of the straw, it will help prevent sucking up a bunch of soapy water but I haven’t actually tried it. I thought I would pass the tip along to you in case you are worried about sucking up soapy water. I don’t remember which end of the straw would need to have the holes poked so you may need to do a little of your own experimenting…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

I was glad we stayed focused on just the process of blowing and observing bubbles rather than turning it into an art activity. I think it helped the children stay focused on the process for much longer since there wasn’t any kind of end to the process. It wall all about exploring bubbles and color…

Bubbles in a bowl science by Teach Preschool

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Discover and Explore

Discover and Explore: Science!

Upcoming Themes:

Currently Open – Science Experiments for Kids

November 6 – Thanksgiving

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By | November 1st, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Make and explore watercolor science

Bleeding art tissue paper has been around forever but the ideas you can do with it is just endless. I wanted to try a little science experiment with my class and so we started by making our own watercolor and ended with a simple watercolor science experiment…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

Making watercolors

To make our own watercolors, each child began by pouring a very small amount of water into two clear plastic cups…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

Then each child selected two different color squares of bleeding tissue paper….

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool 3

After each child chose their two colors of tissue paper squares, they wadded it up and pushed each square down into its own cup of water. Then the children used a craft stick to swish the tissue paper around in the water…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

As the children stirred the bleeding tissue paper around in the water, the water changed to the same color…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

Watercolor science

Now that the children had two colors of water each, the children folded a paper towel into a long strip (3 fold). Folding in itself is a lesson for young children but most of my students were able to fold their paper towel by watching me fold an example…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

Once everyone had their paper towel folded into a long skinny strip, then I printed their names in the center and invited the children to place one end of the strip in one color of water and the other end of the strip in their other cup of water…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

Then I asked the children to tell me what they could see happening and what they thought would happen to the paper towel. In very simple terms, we talked about how the colored water is being absorbed by the paper towel and will soon crawl all the way up to the middle of their names…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

We had about an hour left of school so we went on with our day and when we came back to our classroom, the children were super excited to see if their names were now all colorful…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

The color hadn’t completely crawled up all the way yet so our science experiment will continue when the children return back to school.  Once the children do return, we will gently open up our paper towels and hang them to dry then I will set out the colored water for the children to paint with…

Make and Explore watercolor science by Teach Preschool

This process was simple by design and yet it took lots of guidance for the children to complete. For those of you who have younger students, just making the water change colors with the tissue paper is a fun process by itself!  Oh and yes, we did have a few cups of water tipped along the way but no worries, we just wiped up the spills and moved on.

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By | September 20th, 2013|Categories: Science and Nature|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Our names in watercolor

A child’s name is very special and this simple watercolor activity turned out to be a fun and colorful way for our students to focus on the letters in their name…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

To prepare for this activity, I printed each child’s name on a large piece of white paper with hot glue. The table was set up with liquid watercolor, small paint brushes, and the children’s names…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

We spent a few minutes talking about our names and then feeling our names on the paper. Then each child was invited to find their own name in the stack of papers and then explore the watercolor painting process on their own…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

In my mind, I thought the children would paint around the lines or fill in the white spaces of the paper but most of the children chose to paint directly on their names – almost as if they were tracing their names…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

The liquid watercolor tends to roll right off of the hot glue and drip down into the paper leaving the children’s names standing out in the middle of all those beautiful paint colors…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

Each child’s name was transformed into a dazzling piece of artwork…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow On

The value of name recognition in preschool by Teach Preschool

Digging up our names by Teach Preschool

Easy cheesy name puzzle by Toddler Approved

String art for preschool

We brought some creativity into our recent exploration of  measurement and length by exploring this wonderful process of string art…

String Art by Teach Preschool

For this activity, we set out trays of glue tinted with liquid watercolors from Discount School Supply.  In preparation for this activity, I provided paint brushes, trays, and string.  Each child was given a bowl of various lengths of white string.  This process could easily be replicated with colored yarn and white school glue.  The white glue would dry clear, leaving just the colored yarn to show on the paper…

String Art by Teach Preschool

The children sat down at the table and began dipping their white strings into the colored glue.  They used the paintbrushes to help push their string into the glue and to brush off the excess, if necessary…

String Art by Teach Preschool

We encouraged the children to keep a hold of their string on one end, rather than dipping the entire piece, so that they could still have a clean “handle” to hold onto while manipulating their string.  After their string was all loaded up with the colored glue, the children then arranged the string on their paper…

String Art by Teach Preschool

While exploring this art process, the children noticed the difference in lengths of yarn.  Some of the children preferred using shorter lengths while others preferred the longer lengths…

String Art by Teach Preschool

A few children chose to drag their string across their paper to see what kind of effect it would have as well…

String Art by Teach Preschool

While others chose to add more paint on top of the strings after they put it on the paper…

String Art by Teach Preschool

Regardless of the method chosen, the results were beautifully textured string paintings…

String Art by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:

DIY simple textured wall art with string! by BluKatKraft

String painting art for preschoolers by Preschool Powol Packets

Y is for yarn in preschool by Teach Preschool