The idea for this project came from the blog, Unplug your kids. Definitely a blog I want to read more on.
I didn’t get a picture of my set up, because, life was happening too quickly, but I’ll explain a bit on what we did.
Each child had a roasting pan with just enough water to cover the bottom. You don’t want to use much more than that because the art project just won’t work. Because I used dollar store roasting pans, they weren’t big enough for the regular paper-sized cardstock, so I had to cut the card stock in half.
I had the mason jars back out. In each mason jar I used about 3T of vegetable oil, 1 T of liquid watercolors and mixed it up really well. I dropped pipettes (pack of 100 is less than $5) into each jar. I demonstrated to the children how to drop the color into the roasting pans and encouraged them to go to town creating masterpieces.
Once they were content with the color swirls and combinations within the roasting pan, I very gently laid a piece of paper on top of the water, trying not to submerge it. Together, we counted to 30 while I tried to keep them from pushing the paper all the way into the water. I was mostly successful.