Sunday, January 9, 2011

How to FROST a Picture, and a little science too!

I read about a way that you can FROST a picture.  It sounded so neat that we had to give it a try! 
Remember this picture from yesterday?

Here it is FROSTED!

FROSTING directions

1/4 cup of boiling water
1/4 cup of epsom salts
stir together until salt is dissolved and let cool

Paint water mixture liberally over your picture.
Weigh down the edges of your picture while it dries so that it doesn't curl.

The above blue and white tree picture had a lot of brush strokes in the background so the frosting didn't turn out all that well.  The frosting effect turned out much better when I drew a simple winter picture on blue cardstock.  Check it out!

Sarah is starting a new science unit called 'Investigating Water' so this craft had perfect timing!  We were able to discuss how water occurs in three states - solid, liquid, and gas.  We were dissolving salt into liquid water.  We talked about how when something dissolves it does not disappear but breaks down into tiny parts too small for our eyes to see.  We observed that after the water evaporated off the picture it left the previously dissolved salts on the paper!
Science is FROSTY COOL!

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