- 1 1/2 cup canola oil (375 mL)
- 1 Tbsp of each colour powdered tempera paint (15 mL)
- 3 disposable bowls
- 3 disposable spoons
- 9 x 13 inch shallow cake pan (22 x 33 cm)
- White computer paper
- Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) canola oil to three separate disposable bowls. Add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) tempera paint to each bowl. Each bowl becomes a separate colour. Stir each mixture with a separate spoon until creamy.
- Fill the cake pan half full with water.
- Spoon a few drops of each paint mixture on top of the water. Use a spoon to gently swirl the paints in the water.
- take a piece of white paper and gently lay it on top of the water. Let the paper float for 5-10 seconds.
- With help, hold both sides of the paper and carefully flip painted side up onto a sheet of newspaper. Let the paper dry completely before moving it.
Note: Make sure to use disposable or metal bowls and spoons for this activity! Tempera paint powder can stain.
Science notes: The paint mixture floats on top of the water, because water is denser than oil! Oil doesn’t mix with water, which is why the oil and water stay separate! Cool, right?
Art and Science Fun!
This craft is not finger painting or face painting, it's Art and Science Fun! Make beautiful abstract art while learning about different densities. Can canola oil and water mix? Find out!