Thursday, January 9

Painting with Spices

Yesterday we did a really cool experiment for Science. When Science meets Art, oh yes, I am all about that!! Bug, my oldest, has lately been learning all about the senses. I found a really great sensory spice painting activity to help focus on smell, so we tried it. I really lucked out that out of the four spice I choose Bug enjoyed smelling two of them and other two she really did not! I used Cinnamon, Paprika, Onion spice, and Ginger. I ran out of white paint otherwise I totally would have used others. There was a comment on the original spice painting blog post were someone shared that their messy toddler broke out in hives because of the spices, so if you are wanting to try this activity at home, make sure you are aware of that possibility. Wash hands and bellies (my baby was naked) quickly and be aware of any possible allergies.

It was so fun to be able to smell the paints as we used them and to continue smelling the spices as the paintings dried. Bug was not a fan of the ginger or paprika smell, but she really liked how orange the paprika was. My youngest just loves painting. There were a few times I had to remind her not to eat the paint just because it smelled yummy.
I don't know why, but since the beginning of the month I have been craving all of the art projects. This science experiment has unleashed a painting craving inside of me that I wasn't aware still existed. I am thrilled that both the girls love hands-on activities and don't mind getting messy. It is my hope to do something like this every week with them. It is also my hope to dig out my old paints and experiment with them myself. 

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