Of course, in the true spirit of our blog, we’re throwing something fun at you at the very last moment. We’re banking on you guys being as last-minute as we are and you’re still looking for fun. Considering that Earth Day 2018 is actually this Sunday, April 22nd, you’ve still got time to pencil this fun craft in!
It seems like paint pouring crafts are all the rage right now. I think it’s because it’s pretty foolproof. I mean, anybody can pour paint onto something and call it art, right? And kids love making a mess and moms, well they can enjoy their kid’s excitement about it.
In preparation to celebrate Earth Day, you’ll want to Amazon these supplies so you can have them ASAP. If you’re a homeschooler, just go ahead and schedule this Earth Day paint pour craft as both history and science fun.
Earth Day Paint Pour Plate Craft
- Round Chinet plate (or any other heavy duty paper plate)
- 7 plastic 9 oz cups
- 1 disposable bowl
- White, Green & Blue paint
- Wooden skewers or Popsicle sticks for mixing
- Pipettes (optional)
- Tray to collect the drips (any that’s bigger than the paper plate)
1. Cut the rim off the paper plate. The back of the plate is being painted, so the rounded edge is good, but the paint will get trapped on the rim.
2. Set out 6 cups, we will label these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Fill cups 1,2,3 with green paint and cups 4,5,6 with blue. Note, since the earth is more water than land, you will need more blue paint than green.
3. Now, add a little white paint to cups 1-green and 4-blue, then a little more than you did the first time to cups 2-green and 5-blue. Mix well. Now you have 3 different shades of green and blue. Keep in mind, lighter coloring will show better than dark, and the more contrast the better.
4. Finally, fill a cup with a small amount of white.
5. Now, we need to dilute the paints with water so they pour well. The amount of water will depend on the type of paint you are using. Generally, you want the paint to pour easily but not be watery. The consistency will be between a milkshake and syrup.
6. Now for the setup. Set the tray on the table with the bowl in the center facing up. The bowl will allow space for the paint to drop off the plate. Place the plate on the bowl facing down. The rounded edges of the plate are now facing down, allowing the paint to drip down.
7. Now, pour the darkest blue in the center of the plate, covering about 1/4rd of the plate. Next, take the medium shade of blue, and pour in the middle of the dark blue. Take the lightest blue and pour in the middle of the medium blue. Follow up with a tiny bit of white. Continuing layering the colors & shades in this manner – pouring the next color inside the previous one. It’s okay if the paint ends up moving to one side, just start another group of paint where you need it. Also, keep in mind the earth is mostly blue, so use little green. Also, pour only a little bit of white.
8. Once the plate is mostly covered, gently grab the edge of the plate and tip towards each side to spread the paint around.
9. Let the plate sit on the bowl for 24 hours, there’s a lot of paint on the plate so it does take a significant time to dry.
10. Enjoy your out of this world art!
This Earth Day paint pour craft is sure to get your little one excited to learn more about our planet. If you participate in this craft, take a photo and share it with our homeschooling group on Facebook! Use the tag #EarthDay2018 when you share it so that everyone can enjoy seeing each other’s paint pour photos in one place!