Try drop-and-splat painting as a messy but fun and easy outdoor activity for kids. Have them put on old bathing suits or shorts, and experiment outside on a warm summer day with this painting technique.
What You'll Need:
- Plastic cups
- Food coloring
- Old clothes to wear (because food coloring stains)
Step 1: Fill several plastic cups with water.
Step 2: Take the cups and the rest of your materials outside.
Step 3: Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to make different colors.
Step 4: Place a sheet of newspaper or a large piece of paper on the ground. You can put rocks on the corners to keep the paper in place.
Step 5: Put a straw in a cup of colored water, and place a thumb or finger over the top end of the straw. This will keep water inside the straw when you remove it from the cup.
Step 6: Lift the straw out of the cup and over the paper.
Step 7: Release your finger from the straw end so the colored water drops onto the paper.
Step 8: Experiment by raising straws full of water to different heights and observing how the height of the drop changes the resulting splat.
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