Today we read Eric Carle’s story Pancakes, Pancakes! We have always been a huge fan of his imagination and his technique of painting on tissue paper and using that as collage materials for his illustrations. We are also bug fans of the amazing Claes Oldenburg and his giant soft food sculptures.
These two master were perfect inspiration for making our own soft food sculptures.
You can watch the Story Time read aloud and project video at our collaborator page, Sea of Visibility, today on FB starting at 3pm .
Today’s project video can be watched on our FB page by clicking on this icon – FB
This is a really easy and fun project that blends science and art because they always go together so well. Below you will also find a link to the science behind the magic.
Popsicle stick or pencil
old cookie tray or flat aluminum tray
ruler or straight edge like a piece of cardboard
towel or paper towels
Optional or Instead of–
If you don’t have access to a cookie sheet or aluminum tray, you can also use a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil. Be sure to tape it down to the surface (table) you are using so it doesn’t move while you are transferring the color.
You can also use paint, ink or even those small tubes of decorating gel for cakes if you don’t have food coloring.
shake shaving cream until it feels cold, that’s when you know it’s ready to use.
spray cream onto the sheet or surface you are using. Use a small amount to try it first.
spread out the cream with the ruler or straight edge. Don’t make it too thin.
add drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream.
use stick or pencil to swirl colors, don’t over mix or you will not get the marbling effect.
once you are happy with your design, place your paper on top and gently press down. Not too hard! the colors will transfer to your paper.
lift off paper, use ruler to scrape off the cream and you are done!
Make some more! Here is my finished piece that I made in the video and some close ups of the colored shaving cream. The patterns that stay in the cream are so cool!
Here is a link to a website that will explain the properties of materials, that we explore in this art project – Cool Science for Kids
Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the video at our FB and Instagram pages!