Wednesday, August 25, 2010

When "Monster" Pendulum Meets Sidewalk Paint

Our exploration of pendulums continued today with a "monster" sized version of pendulum painting on our parking pad. We use a rather tall portable coat rack. (You can see in the photo, I'm about 5'2" tall, so we had a tall pendulum to work with today.) We also made sure that the string for the cup was long enough that our short friends could reach it when it was their turn.

Instead of liquid tempera like we used yesterday, we opted to make some homemade sidewalk paint. I know that I saw this idea when it was posted on Teach Preschool, but I cannot remember who/where it came from. (If it was you, let me know and I'll give you the credit!) All you need to do is mix cornstarch with water and a little bit of food coloring. I found that it was about a 50/50 mix with a few drops of color.

The beauty of this sidewalk paint is that it is all natural and biodegradable. We made a large batch and put it to the test with our "monster" pendulum.

While we were waiting for our turn with the pendulum, we watched and painted our own pictures on the sidewalk.

Everyone had an opportunity to choose a couple of colors and swing the pendulum.

"Look at that... the paint is coming out of the top and the bottom!"


.... I wonder what happens if I just throw the paint on the sidewalk????

Can we use regular sidewalk chalk too??? Of course we can!

I wonder if anyone will pull up onto the parking pad today???

If you missed our first pendulum painting experience, you may wish to click this link! This post was linked up to:
PreK + K Sharing


Scott said...

What an artistic parking pad! The joy and interest are evident in your photos.

Amy A @ Child Central Station said...

Thanks Scott :). We sure did have a great time with the pendulums! It has been fantastic that the rain has not come and we can be reminded every day we come and go as our art has not yet washed away. A small part of me is considering a more permanent paint option.... Perhaps at another time!

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