I am so excited to share this activity with you because it is fun, magical, scientific, and not very messy (I let my kids paint while wearing white…”gasp”). The magic paint is taste-safe so this activity was prefect for Mr. Tickles (age 1.5) to join in. We are HUGE Disney Frozen fans and whenever my son hears the opening credits to any movie he starts singing, “Let it go,” and dancing around excitedly. I thought it would be fun to play with the idea that Olaf likes warm hugs even though he is a snowman. He made snow cool for summer activities. So let’s start the magic…
1. Fill a cup with 1-2 cups water depending on how many kiddos are participating. We used about 1 cup and we had plenty of magic paint left over. Add salt and stir to dissolve the salt. Keep adding salt and stirring until it stops dissolving (the mixture has become saturated)-now your paint is ready.
|We made our magic paint by adding 1/4 cup of salt to 1 cup water (instead of adding a little at a time). Apparently it was way too much salt because it didn’t all dissolve. We used the paint without the salt granules.|
|Olaf Magic Paint all ready to go.|
|The kiddos used crayons to color on their paper for added decorations. I was thinking that the crayon would resist the magic paint, but when the paint is super thick the crayon didn’t matter except for adding more artistic flare to the painting.|
|The kiddos used Q-tips as paint brushes. Mr. Tickles ended up dumping his paint on his paper and it turned out the best.|
|We found that when the magic paint is applied thickly it works the best.|
2. Set the painting in the sun to dry and wait for the magic to happen. The paper will get warm, the water will evaporate, and the salt in the magic paint will remain. The time it takes depends on how warm it is outside and how wet the paper is. I think we waited 30 minutes on a very hot day.
Update: of just place the paintings where they can dry inside.
|The paint looks like water, then looks like “snow” when dry.|
|I printed some Olaf coloring pages I found online and we colored them with crayon then painted them with our magic paint. Once the paint was dry,Olaf sparkled in the sun.|
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