Today's project stretched over a few days. It started as one thing and turned into something else. Life is like that a lot, huh? So let's start the journey.
I wanted to do some fine motor practice with the girls and I thought color mixing might be a fun way to do it. I ordered some pipettes from Oriental Trading a while back and had not had a chance to use them yet. Don't worry if you don't have pipettes. I have done this in the past with medicine droppers and it has worked just as well. The supplies I used: ice cube trays, pipettes, food coloring, coffee filters, and a waterproof plate or tray.
I filled up the ice cube tray with water and placed a few drops of food coloring in a few different cubes. You can just stick with your basic colors here. I made orange to demonstrate to the girls how they could mix two colors together to get a new one. You'll want to leave most of the ice cube tray with just water since that's where the kids will do their color mixing.
I showed the girls how they could squeeze the pipette to draw water in and out of it. "A" picked this up right away and set to work making new colors and shades.
B found this to be a bit of challenge and she was asking me to do it for her at the beginning. After much trial and error with squeezing the pipette, she was able to tackle it herself. You can just see the differing fine motor skills if you compare the photos of A and B. A is using her index finger and thumb to squeeze the pipette which is more advanced than B's method of squeezing it with her entire hand. Regardless of where your child is at, they will be getting good fine motor practice doing this.
I thought it would be fun to squirt some of our new cool colors on coffee filters and make some flowers when the filters dried.
B had way too much fun with this. She was less interested in making colors on the coffee filters and more interested in dropping every bit of water from her ice tray onto her plate. I think she was very happy to have mastered the squeezing and did not want to stop. At one point, "A" and little C went to play in the yard and B stayed inside so she could finish transferring her water. Here is her poor coffee filter drowning on her plate.
"A" had gotten bored dripping the colors on the coffee filter, so I showed her a new method for coloring them. I scrunched up the filters to look like a flower.
Then I showed A how she could dip the scrunched up filters into the trays of color. She loved watching the "flowers" drink up the color. B had absolutely no interest in this and refused to even try as she was still busy using her pipette to dump all her water on her plate.
I mentioned earlier that this was a multi-day project. That is because the coffee filters needed to dry before we could do anything else. When they dried, my original plan was to use pipe cleaners to make flowers. But I just loved how pretty the filters looked when they dried and I was inspired to make something else.
I had no idea what I was making or what I was going to do with it. I just called it my pom pom ball. I tore some pages out of my People magazine, rolled them up and used packing tape to make the whole thing into a ball. Here is my stylish, celeb-u-ball.
Then I made the coffee filters into flowers.
Next I got out my hot glue gun and glued my flowers onto the ball. This was the most time consuming part of the process. But it was fun putting hot glue on Hollywood starlets' faces. Does that make me a bad person?
When I was done I had this giant pom pom ball and wasn't sure what I could do with it. If I had a stick, I could put it in a pot and a make a giant topiary. I actually think that would be an awesome idea with a smaller ball. I don't know what got me thinking disco ball, but there was no stopping me. I got some clear quilting thread from my quilting supplies and hung it from the light above our kitchen table.
My favorite thing about this project was collaborating with my girls. They could not believe what I made with their flowers. My least favorite thing about this project was burning my fingers on hot glue. Ouch! Maybe that was my punishment for gleefully covering the faces of famous women with hot glue.