๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธPainting with Salt! (Science๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡)

Have you ever tried painting with salty water? This DIY activity is super easy and fun artistic activity to do with your child while exploring physical science on the topic of how the matter changes.

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You will need:

  • warm water,
  • salt,
  • dark construction paper (we are using brown paper, so that the white salt picture would stand out),
  • a paintbrush.

 Invite your child to paint a simple picture with the salty water on the construction paper. 

DSC_0026Set your painting aside and let the paper dry.  

DSC_0026Ask your child where did the water go?

Science mystery๐Ÿ’กrevealed: The warm water disappears because it changes into water vapor. The salt, on the other hand, a solid, remains on the paper and makes your picture stand-out. 

We read about this fun physical science activity in Change It! Solids, Liquids, Gases and You book (buy here), which offers many fun experiments to teach physical science to your child.


๐ŸŽถMusical ๐Ÿ’ฆWater ๐ŸŒˆGlasses (Science๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡)

Have you tried making a water xylophone? This is a fun and scientific music activity you can do with your child at home. Just fill glasses with different amounts of water and invite your child to make music!

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 You will need:

  • identical glasses (we are using four tall crystal glasses),
  • food coloring,
  • water,
  • we are using Xylophone sticks, but you can also use wooden sticks or a plastic spoon. 

Arrange glasses in a line and fill them up with water in equal decreasing increments (pouring less and less in the next subsequent glass). We added food coloring to give the water a color-pop. Invite your child to tap each glass and discover the sound each glass makes!

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Science mystery๐Ÿ’กrevealed: sound travels about four to five times faster in water than in air. So, water is affecting the speed at which the sound waves are traveling and vibrating.

This activity is a great way to stimulate senses, exercise your child's science skills, as well as musical abilities. You can even incorporate math by using measuring cups and fractions. Moreover, you can add a sensorial dimension to this activity by offering your child to create secondary colors by mixing primary colors together. Also, invite your child to "compose" a song or play a familiar tune. Finally, explain to your child the "magic" of sound waves. And, most importantly, have fun!

See all of our science experiments here.