If you’re looking for a sensory exploration that combines science and art, this craft sand activity is an easy option. Your child can paint a picture, a simple word, individual letters or just make a design. After she’s done painting, start the scientific inquiry with a few open-ended questions. These don’t have to be difficult, just enough to spark your child’s thought process.
For example, try:
· What do you think will happen to the paint when we turn off the lights?
· If we cover part of the design with sand, what will change when it ‘glows’?
· How do you think the craft sand will feel when you glue it onto the paper?
Now it’s time to start the art-making…
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Glow paint – Make sure it is age-graded as safe for your child.
· A paintbrush
· Construction paper
· Craft sand or glitter
· Clear drying school glue
· A black light
Here’s What to Do:
1. Paint a picture or a word onto the paper (I used “Boo”, but you can choose another simple Halloween word, your child’s first letter or even a spooky design).
2. Draw a pattern or lines onto the letters with glue. Make sure that your child doesn’t completely cover the paint with the glue. If she does, she won’t see the glowing effect.
3. Sprinkle craft sand or glitter over the glue. Shake off the excess.
4. Let the glue dry completely.
5. Turn off the lights and turn on the black light (most glow paints need this to work).
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