It seems that as February comes to a close, so (maybe) does winter. It has been hovering above zero for several days here, so we have been spending much time outside enjoying the feel of the sun on our faces and the breath of warmth in our lungs. In addition, we have been welcoming spring inside the house, with color play. Just as a note, these ideas are all taken from blogs I read, but right now I’m too lazy to go back and connect each idea with each blog, so I’ll just say a generic “Thanks for the inspiration.”
For this experiment, put some milk (homogenized works best) in a shallow dish and add drops of food coloring to different areas of the bowl. Use a stick to stir gently and watch how the colors stay separate.Then dip a toothpick in some dishsoap and put the toothpick with the dishsoap into the milk and watch what happens. Food coloring fireworks! Such fun 🙂 The secret is that the soap breaks down the fats in the milk and causes the molecules to dance all over the place.
When that gets boring, get out a couple of boxes of cornstarch and some bowls. Add water and stir. Keep adding cornstarch and water until you get a liquid. That breaks in pieces like a solid, and then drips off your fingers like a liquid. Play with it for a long time. Add food coloring.
Then get all of your plastic dinosaurs and allow them to slowly sink into the purple lava. Let it dry out for a few days and slowly pull all of the dinosaurs out of their fossil bed. Add more water. Start again.
Rip the pages out of the leisure guide. Paint them with watercolors that are really watered down (acrylics work well too, but are harder to get out of clothes).
Carefully cover many pages with paint in all the colors of the rainbow. Let them dry.
Fold the papers in half, then in half again. Cut triangles of paper so that the fold creates the shortest side of the triangle. Hang gently over a piece of yarn or ribbon, using a glue stick to hold each piece together. Hang them in a place that needs a bit of color.
Cut/tear the pink paper into small squares. Crumple each piece of paper up (we used the ends of pens for this…reminiscent of the tissue paper flowers we made in Kindergarten in 1979), and dip each “blossom” in white glue. Attach gently to the branches of your seasonal tree, and VIOLA! Spring in February.
Oh, and I registered to run the Melissa’s half-marathon in Banff next September. Feel free to send your running vibes in this direction, I’m going to need all the help I can get.