Find some metal objects – not too heavy, but not too light – and watch them magically move paint around your paper! This activity from The Budding Artist is sure to delight you and your children as you have as much fun creating art as admiring the finished product!

What You'll Need:

  • Box
  • Liquid tempera or watercolor paint
  • Magnets
  • Metal object, such as a paper clip or a washer
  • Paper
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon or eyedropper

What to Do:

  1. Place the paper in the box.
  2. Pour some paint into a bowl. Gradually add water to the paint to thin it out. Using a spoon or an eyedropper, scatter a few drops of thinned paint around the paper. (You may need adult help and guidance to show you how to use an eyedropper: Place the dropper in the paint, squeeze the bulb at the top, release the bulb, pull the eyedropper out of the paint, and squeeze the dropper again to release the paint onto the paper.)

  3. Place the metal object on the paper. Hold the magnet underneath the box where it will attract the metal object, then move the magnet around, pulling the metal object across the paper.

  4. As the metal object moves with the magnet, the paint gets dragged around and makes designs. What happens if you move the magnet quickly? Slowly? If you break the contact between the magnet and the metal object and then place the magnet under the box and near the metal object on the paper, what happens? Does the metal object slide over the magnet? Is it able to push the paint around when it does that? What effect does that create?

Books to Enjoy:

For more great ideas for you and your budding artists to create beautiful memories together, check out The Budding Artist (available in both paperback and eBook formats).