Sunday night I made up some base for the paints I want my little scientists to make tomorrow to use in their ‘Artists at Play’ hour on Tuesday. Basically paint is thickened colour so I mixed some water, with thickener (flour) and ended up with a white base:
I made it a little thicker than I eventually wanted it. The reason for this was that as part of their science lesson I wanted the little ones to colour jars of bases to make up their own paint. For this I added lots of food colouring to a little water, popped it into the test tubes and instructed them to add one colour to each tub:
And then give the tubs a good mix. We popped the lids on and put them to one side for the next days art fun:
The main science activity I wanted them to do was to handle and play with some goop. This is known by many names but is basically a solid that behaves like a liquid; or do I mean a liquid that behaves like a solid? Not sure- I do know that it is a substance which is neither fully liquid or fully solid. This makes it a very new experience for my little scientists. My dilemma was whether I made it before hand or let the littles make it as part of their science. I opted for the later. I gave each of them a tray full of corn flour and some containers with pink coloured water in them. I gave them enough that they could make some fairly thick goop:
I know I’ve said it before, but these one hour sessions are so good for B2. She is completely in the moment, so things that normally bother her, noise and discomfort, seem to phase out and become less important for that hour. Tomorrow we are trying a new activity for an hour: model making with junk. I know A4 will thoroughly enjoy this, but I’m not sure if it is too old an activity for B2. We shall see. It’ll be less messy than the paint today, that’s for sure!!