Everyone needs their own solar system, even if it does consist of planets made from coffee filters. As we were learning about comets yesterday, it was decided that we needed to craft up our own planets so that our comets could orbit them (we’re using our imagination here! Comets orbit the sun in an oval shape).
Crafting up your own Coffee Filter Planets is a little bit of a science experiment. For this little art project/science experiment, you are sort of exploring a chemical process called Chromatography. The process in which dyes from the ink seperate into their individual colours and spread out is called Chromatography. Because coffee filters are absorbent, as the water spreads through the filter, it takes the colours with it. We will cover this more in depth over the next couple of days.
This is a super fun and easy art project to keep the kiddos amused while you have a cuppa!
What you’ll need
– coffee filters
– felt tips
– a spray bottle filled with water
What to do
– Grab your coffee filters and cut them into wee circles.
– Time to colour! Add in one or two colours, lots of colours or draw patterns. Get creative with your planets.
– Either take them outside or lay down a plastic bag and get spraying! Give the coffee filters a good soak with your water and watch the colours run.
– Pop them off to the side and leave them to dry completely. This takes an hour or two. We left ours to dry on a wire rack to create wee patterned lines through our Coffee Filter Planets.
You can use them to make a mobile or hanging picture, glue them on to paper or do what Izzy does and surround yourself with them so you’re the ruler of a solar system. Don’t forget to to give them names!