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Jack Frost Pictures


Epsom salt
Paint cups
Dark construction paper


1. Mix a solution of equal amounts of water and Epsom salt in a jar and wait for the salt to dissolve.
Pour into paint cups and add brushes.
2. Have the children paint a wet design on the dark paper with the Epsom salt solution. As the
paper dries, the design whitens and begins to crystallize.
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Art: Children can use wax crayons to draw a picture or design on the dark paper (emphasize
pressing heavily). Paint with the Epsom salt solution over the crayon design. As it dries, the crystals
will form on the paper wherever there is no crayon. This looks good with snowmen, snow
forts and igloo drawings. * Children could glue a winter picture cut from a magazine on to construction
paper, then paint over it with Epsom salt solution. When dry, staple a paper cut into the
shape of a window pane over the painting to give it the Jack Frost effect you see on a frosty window
in winter.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Weather
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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