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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Icy Winter Scenes

Drawing winter snow scenes is a fun thing to do with your kids. For a new twist on the usual snowmen, snow forts, and trees with snow, add some salt!
For glistening and glittery snow, painting with Epsom salt is the way to go! Here's what you do:
Mix about 1/2 cup Epsom salt with 1/2 cup of hot water. I prefer to do it on the stove top, but that's your choice!
Have the kids draw a winter scene (or cut out snowflakes) on dark paper. It doesn't have to be black, just darker than a white or yellow. Blue works great! You can also draw with white chalk for ease in drawing. This is fun to do with your kids and talk about things you see outside in the winter, what happens to the trees. A great book to read with this is When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan.

After drawing, let them paint the mixture (cooled) on the paper wherever they want that snow crystal effect. Let dry! I wish I could do the pictures justice on film. I'm just not that talented with a camera. It's really amazing to see how the snowy pictures transform into snow crystals that glisten like snow. Have fun!

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