Sometimes the most interesting art experiences come from the most simple items. One sunny afternoon we made beautiful water pinwheels with just cotton pads, food coloring, eye droppers and of course, water.
Each child got their own tub of water and stack of cotton pads, and after educator Jen showed them how to create the colorful blooms, we got right to it! Each colorful pad that was dropped in the water was met with so much awe and excitement!
With just six different colors, we managed to make some of the most interesting water pinwheels.
Although we used just four items we had unlimited fun and ideas kept flowing; Can we make a happy face? What happens if we make a blue pinwheel and dropped it in red water - will it turn the water purple? Let's put ALL the colors on one pad and see what happens!
This experience in "water art" not only worked on the fine motor skills of the children, but it also stirred up excitement and wonder. The young artists often paused to appreciate the natural flow of the color as it spilled into the water, creating galaxies, swamps, flowers and more.
Try it at home to experience it yourself and see what all the excitement is about!