We have been doing so many crafts, experiments and fun art projects. The kids do prefer the experiment type projects, for obvious reasons, they are more fun. I have started trying out the planned activity before I get the kids to do it because sometimes things don’t work out like they do online. This was one of the activities that turned out so well and makes such a fun Valentine’s Day activity.
It is also a very easy activity to do and you probably have all the things you need at home. We did it inside on our dinning room table but I am not really precious about getting paint/colouring on the table. If you don’t have a space inside then take the kids outside.
We used a combination of the food colour you can buy in the supermarkets and the gel colouring you get from baking stores. The liquid ones definitely work better than the gels and are easier for little ones to drop onto the paper. The gels do come in a wider variety of colours though. When we do it again, I might try mix the gel with water to thin it out.
What do you need:
Food colouring – min 3 colours
Coffee machine filters
Spray bottles filled with water
What do you do:
- Place the coffee filters onto some paper towel or a box lid – even if you do it outside, place the filters onto something. We cut our filters open but you don’t need to do this.
- Drop different colours onto the coffee filters.
- Spray water over the filters and watch the cool reaction.
- Let the filters dry. If you have an eager child who sprays the filters a little too much, take some more filters and place them on top, we got some really cool effects by doing this.
- Once they have dried out properly, cut them into heart shapes.
We stuck them on our window but you can use them to decorate cards or even make a heart mobile.
It is has been challenging for me to let the kids do their own art work without stepping in to try make it perfect. When you do this, let the kids have fun, even if looks a little messy. Emma was very generous with her dropper and I kept wanting to get her to start again but she was having fun so I left her.
Have you done this with your kids before? I would love to see how it turned out?