Week 1

Art Projects

Exploding Art

Courtesy of Housing a Forest

To make your own Paint Alka Seltzer Rockets your will need:

  • Film Canisters – One that has a tight fitting lid. The clear ones were really cool to watch since you could see the paint as it built up pressure before the canister exploded.

  • Slightly watered down Tempera Paint.

  • Alka Seltzer Tablets

  • Large sheet of paper

Make sure you are doing this activity outside. It is messy, but totally worth it.

  1. Pour about a tablespoon of watered down tempera paint into your film canister.

  2. Break the Alka Seltzer tablets into half.

  3. Quickly drop 1/2 a tablet into the paint, tightly put on the lid and give it a quick shake.

  4. Quickly place paint filled canister lid side down on your paper and stand back.

The film canister will potentially fly 20 feet in the air, so make sure you are in an open area. Most of the paint will splatter on the paper, but not all of it.You can see the lid left behind on the paper along with some of the Alka Seltzer tablet. We did reuse the tablets as much as possible with pretty good results.Notice the canister is basically void of paint and most of the main splatter is on the paper with a slight trail leading up. Our paper looked like a massive firework display. Love it!

Tape Art

Courtesy of Young At Heart Mommy

You will need the following:

  • White painting canvas or poster board

  • Painter’s Tape

  • Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Scissors & tweezers (optional but helpful!)


  1. Using the painter’s tape spell your child’s name or nickname across the white canvas. For the letters that had round sides I used scissors to smooth the hard edges out and give them a more natural shape. A handheld corner rounder can also be used if you have one on hand. Make sure the tape is secure by patting it down so there are no openings. You don’t want any paint seeping through the cracks.

  2. Have your child use different colors of paint to decorate and design their canvas. The whole idea is to make sure that every white area is covered by color.

Let the painting begin….

Painting over the blue tape is okay too! This is going to be removed and thrown away once you are finished. It’s better to get your paint as close to the edges of tape as possible so your letters are sharp and defined when it is peeled off. Remove the tape while the paint is still tacky. Otherwise, the longer it dries the harder it will be to peel away.

The easiest way to remove the painter’s tape is to use a pair of tweezers. Lift the tape as you go and peel each piece back slowly to prevent any wet paint from splattering onto the white areas. You can use a q-tip or thin paintbrush dabbed in water to clean up any messy edges. If you used washable Crayola paint it will be very easy to remove any unwanted splatters or streaks. Once the canvas is dry hang it in your child’s bedroom or playroom to display their beautiful work of art!

Reading Challenge

Read about a Famous Artist

Claude Monet

Leonardo da Vinci

Pablo Picasso

Frida Kahlo

Steam Project

Walking Water Experiment

Courtesy of Fun Learning for kids

Supplies Needed:

  • Printable walking water recording sheets (button to download at the bottom of the post)

  • Small plastic cups or glasses

  • Paper towels*

  • Food coloring in primary colors

  • Water

* The pick-a-size paper towels are best because then you just use half sheets for each cup. Cheaper store brand ones moved the water pretty quickly from cup to cup.

1. Print out the recording sheets and make copies, if needed.

2. Place 7 cups in a row and pour water in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th cup. Full cups up.

3. Add 5 drops of red food coloring to the 1st cup and the 7th cup.

4. Add 5 drops of yellow food coloring to the 3rd cup.

5. Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to the 5th cup.


6. Take a half sheet of paper towel and fold it in half lengthwise and in half again lengthwise.

7. Trim off some of the length so that there isn’t too much excess paper towel that will stick up in the air between each cup. This will make the water walk more quickly.

8. Place one half of a rolled paper towel in the 1st cup and place the other half in the cup next to it. Then another paper towel from 2nd cup and into the 3rd cup. This continues until you have placed the last paper towel that drapes over from the 6th cup to the 7th cup.

9. Stare at the cups and watch what starts happening. You should quickly be able to see the colored water begin to crawl up the paper towel.

10. Don’t forget to do the first part of the recording sheet.

Keep checking back every couple of minutes. Soon you will be able to see that the water has crawled all the way up the paper towel and is beginning to walk back down into the empty cup next to it.

Since the cup on either side of an empty cup has colored water in it, the two colors begin to mix in the empty cup. So cool!

Keep coming back throughout the two hours or soon and observe what is happening.

How this Science Experiment Works

The water moves up the paper towels through a process called capillary action. The paper towel is made from fibers and the water is able to travel through the gaps in the fibers. The gaps in the paper towel act like capillary tubes and pull the water upward. This is what helps water climb from a plant’s roots to the leaves at the top of the plant or tree.

The water is able to move upward against gravity because of the attractive forces between the water and the fibers in the paper towel.

Walking Water Science Recording Sheets.pdf

Positivity Cards

Use watercolors to paint the positive message. Return to the Front Desk and share your creation.

Scavenger Hunt

Book Scavenger Hunt.pdf