This week, we had the "perfect storm" of science and crafting: I uncovered a whack of thick white cotton sheets from a previously unpacked box, and our Concorde grape vines suddenly produced a massive amount of fruit during some unexpectedly warm weather. Naturally, we decided to
This is so simple that you could do it with your preschooler if you wanted too, although you'd have to keep a close eye on their proximity to the hot stuff. WEAR OLD CLOTHING!!!! Or let the kid run around in their undies if it's warm enough. If you are going somewhere respectable later, smear a light coating of petroleum jelly on their hands, ears, neck and face before starting.
Fill a large pot with water and grapes (we did about 2 cups of grapes for every 4 cups of water). Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for 5-15 minutes depending on the intensity you want. Then take it outside, (no way was I letting people loose with indelible purple in the kitchen!), let it cool a bit and dunk your fabric in. D wanted to tye-dye his piece; M tried to make a graduated effect by dunking different sections for longer or shorter periods of time.
Once you have the colour you want, remove it from the pot and let it cool. Wring it out and hang to dry. Stand well away from the flapping fabric and admire, then head indoors to attempt to scrub your children until they look less like the kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who ate the gum.
|This is after several good washes. Excuse the newly added dirt; you can't keep the child away from it.|
Variations: use a wax resist image, or try this with marigolds or onions or cranberries or red cabbage or goldenrod instead.
Check out the great posts by my co-hosts this week:
Child-Guided Research from Suzy Homeschooler
Pumpkin Sensory Science Activities For Kids from Little Bins For Little Hands
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Study from Stir the Wonder