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Thursday, February 3, 2011

It’s a Crafty Thursday!

With winter heavy upon us, I wanted to post some fun and hopefully “toddler friendly” craft ideas to help us get through those long days cooped up inside.

This week’s craft is a really fun one from Family Fun. You can see it here: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/toddler-crafts/absorbing-artwork-940839/

The instructions, ideas, and pictures involved in the craft shown in this post are the sole property of Family Fun and are only being borrowed by us to share with you.

Here’s the craft:

-Materials
-Card stock
-Rimmed baking sheet
-White glue
-Salt
-Colored water (see tip below)
-Eyedropper

Instructions:

1. Set the card stock on the baking sheet and have your child use the glue to draw a design on the paper.
2. Sprinkle the wet glue with salt until it's completely covered, then tap off any excess.
3. Have your child use the eyedropper to drip colored water, one drop at a time, onto the salt. As the salt absorbs the liquid, the water will move along the glue lines, resulting in a wonderful web of color. Be sure to watch what happens when the color reaches intersecting lines.

Tip: We used 5 drops of neon food coloring per tablespoon of water to create our vibrant hues.

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