I hope you're having a wonderful summer! We have been enjoying our time off from school lessons, although I try to keep the children somewhat engaged in during the summer months.
We do Math once a week so they keep the concepts fresh in their minds. We participate in our library's summer reading program. And we also do some crafts.
One of their favorites is Sprinkler Art. It's super-easy, and the children create a masterpiece and cool off in the summer heat - all at the same time! :) All you need is a sprinkler, paper plates, and food coloring.
Here's what you do...
Set up the sprinkler, and turn it on. Keep the pressure on low.
I put our sprinkler on a chair so it's easier reach.
Then, take a paper plate and put several drops of food coloring on it.
Next, run the paper plate through the sprinkler.
Lay the plates in the sun to dry.
How easy is that?!
Here are some of masterpieces that we created....
We're going to hang these beauties in our school room. :)
Now for some tips....too much food coloring makes all the colors run together and look like one big ugly blob (ask me how I know), so 3 or 4 drops on each plate is plenty. And contrasting dark colors and light colors works best.
Also, running the plates under heavy water pressure makes a GIGANTIC mess on your arms, hands, etc. (ask me how I know - I still have green hands). So keep the water pressure on low.
And lastly, use real paper plates - no styrofoam, or coated plates. I used cheap ones from the dollar store.
Have a blessed day, everyone!