Still Life with Kool-Aid


Feeling a little crazy today?  Ready to change things up?  How about substituting your kids watercolors with Kool-Aid.  Look out, its Moms Gone Wild!  It becomes not so much a "Scratch and Sniff" experiment, and more of a "Paint and Scratch and Sniff"experiment. Let them go crazy painting freestyle, or help them draw pictures of fruit with non-washable markers (yay for Sharpie markers) and then let them paint their masterpieces of bowls of fruit for posterity.


Materials Needed:
-Fruit in a bowl for inspiration if you are doing the still life approach
-A sharpie (for mom!)
-Watercolor paper 
-Small paper or plastic cups
-Small paintbrushes
-5 packets (about 0.15 ounces each) unsweetened Kool-Aid (the actual Kool-Aid brand has the strongest scent) to match your fruit



1.  Cover work area with newspaper.
2. Heap the fruit into the fruit bowl, allowing the fruit to overflow a bit.
3.  Use markers to draw an outline of the fruits (or other pictures your children will enjoy coloring), but do not color in the pictures with the markers.
4. In separate cups, use separate paintbrushes to mix each packet of Kool-Aid with 2 Tablespoons of water.  Arrange the cups in a row and place the corresponding Kool-Aid packets in front of the cups to identify each flavor.
5. Paint away with the colors (note: grape looks black when wet, but dries purple).  Dry about 20 minutes.
6.  When done, scratch a painted fruit lightly and it will smell, well,  like fruit!

We think this is a great activity to kick off the beginning of summer vacation!

-ab

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