Liquid Watercolor / Food Dye
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Perfect for fine motor skills, this craft for Thanksgiving week or fall. You can choose to dye your kernels to create beautiful mosaics, and you can leave the kernels plain to teach them how to make glue lines and placement. This activity was offered in a series of activities in XO Playtime.
It started as a mosaic, but my son is known for his inability to sit still. It became a whole sensory experience of mixing colors, grabbing fistfuls of his rainbow kernels, and running his hands over the textures. Allow your child to play and explore. Not every activity is required to be super structured.
In a ziplock bag place 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup liquid watercolor. (If you are using food coloring make sure you mixture has 6+ drops and your vinegar covers your kernels.)
Let mixture sit overnight for best results.
Carefully pour a majority of the liquid down the drain without losing kernels. Place wet kernels on paper towels to dry. (I let them dry for an hour before I got impatient, and finished drying them on medium with a hairdryer.)
Once the craft area is set up, place glue, and model behavior. If your child is younger show them how to make a mosaic and create patterns. Enjoy with low expectations that it might turn into a mixing and sensory activity.