As an alternative to kids' craft projects that feature cutting, pasting and coloring, organize water crafts that allow elementary school-age children to explore their creativity in refreshing ways. Using inexpensive and recycled materials will also allow you to use the water craft ideas as economical and entertaining classroom projects or kids' birthday party activities.
Help the kids design colorful artwork to display at home or in the classroom. Place a large piece of construction paper or card stock on the table that will become the painting surface. Sit a plastic or foam cup in the center that's half full of bubble blowing solution. Stir four drops of food coloring or a tablespoon of liquid watercolor paint into the bubble mixture. Instruct the kids to place a straw into the liquid and blow bubbles, allowing them to overflow onto the paper to pop and create playful pictures. Ensure the kids are old enough to know they shouldn't suck in and drink the bubble solution.
Make a simple kids' water craft that the children can use to experiment with music and sound. Collect five to 10 empty 12-oz. water bottles or 2-L soda bottles. Clean the plastic bottles thoroughly and then teach the kids how to make pipe-like sounds by blowing air along the rim of the bottle opening. Pour varying amounts of water into each bottle to determine how the different water levels affect the tone of the music. To make the water craft look more artistic, let the kids remove the existing bottle labels and replace them with decorative stickers, self-adhesive foam shapes or patterns created with glitter glue.
Squirt Gun Artwork
Design abstract paintings and have fun playing with squirt guns at the same time. Fill small plastic squirt guns with liquid watercolors or a mixture of half watercolors and half water to cut the cost. Hang a sheet of construction paper or butcher paper on an easel or wall outdoors. Let the kids squirt the paint onto the paper to generate vibrant, blended artwork. Ensure the kids are wearing play clothes, plastic aprons or large, adult T-shirts in the event they turn the paint-filled squirt guns on one another.
Simple Snow Globes
Use recycled water bottles to hold a kids' water craft project that harnesses the motion of the ocean. Mix blue or teal liquid watercolor paint with water to generate a sea blue color. Place small plastic figurines like boats, sea creatures or shells inside the empty water bottle. Pour 1 to 2 tbsp. of silver, gold, blue or green glitter into the bottle. Fill the bottle with the blue liquid and screw the cap on tightly to avoid accidents. Let the kids shake the snow globes and create whimsical stories about the creatures contained in them.
Water Art Ideas for Children
Water is readily available and can be used as a part of children's art projects or to influence art creation. Children will...
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