by Amanda Formaro
Kids love art projects, and milk paint is something that you can make in literally moments and start having some fun with it. There are lots of ways to make homemade paint for the kids, but milk paint requires only two simple ingredients.
MAKE A POPCORN RAINBOW WITH MILK PAINT
This art activity combines several learning opportunities. Teach kids about the colors of the rainbow, talk about absorption as the milk soaks into the popcorn, and talk about how a prism works!
It's important to note that this is a temporary art project. The milk paint will soak into the popcorn, causing the popcorn to shrink. Imagine placing a piece of popcorn into your mouth and waiting a moment. What happens? The popcorn begins to shrink as the saliva in your mouth reaches it. After this project has dried, it will not be as pretty as it is when your child first makes it. The popcorn kernels will dry and shrivel and the glue will be visible on the paper behind it along with the oils that were in the popcorn.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Light blue construction paper
- Popped popcorn
- Food coloring
- Small paintbrush
- White glue
- Draw a simple half circle onto the paper and line the top with white glue.
- Press the popcorn into the glue and continue until you have six layers.
- Mix food coloring into the milk to create red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
- Use a small paintbrush to drop milk paint onto the popcorn.
- Glue unpainted popcorn to the ends of the rainbow as clouds.
While this isn't a piece of art that you ™ll be able to keep around forever, it is a fun activity for kids and a great way to discuss art, colors and science!