Paint, paper and science

Paint, paper and science

Paint, paper and science

Date posted: January 8, 2015

Changing STEM to STEAM involves adding arts to the mix. And, all kinds of art can be used to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. Today, we’re looking at some paint and paper activities that can lead to learning about the properties of liquids.

Science World offers some great advice for getting the most out of family science explorations, and the same guidelines apply to art activities, too:

  • Dress for the mess
  • Take your time
  • Be curious

Here are some fun learning activities with paint and paper:
Shake a Picture – In their Splishy Splashy Science activity sheet for 3-5 year olds, Science World has instructions for creating a shake picture in a jar or plastic container.

Marble Painting – Add marbles to paint and paper and see what happens. For children under the age of four, use larger objects such as Ping Pong balls.

Invisible Ink Painting – A recipe for a citrus painting experiment from Tinkerlab

Fizzing Watercolours – Add a little baking soda to your paint and see what a few drops of vinegar will do to your finished painting.

Frozen Paper Painting – What happens when you paint on frozen paper?  Make your own frozen paper and find out.

For more ideas on discovering science through art, browse Science Arts by MaryAnn Kohl and Jean Potter. Each of the art experiences in this book includes a list of materials, instructions for the activity, ideas to extend the activity and short explanation of the science concepts involved. To borrow this book,

Take a photo of your family engaged in an arts project and enter our Share Your Selfie Challenge.

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