This activity will have children learning about light filtering through color while making a beautiful piece of art! They will also be developing important skills like:
- fine motor skills (cutting, tearing paper)
- making observations and predictions (why do different pieces of tissue paper have difference colors (because of the dyes), do the different colors show differently when the light shines through?)
- comparing similar materials (how to the light and dark tissue paper look with light shining through?)
- building vocabulary when reading through the directions
- math skills (measuring)
- Tissue paper
- Construction paper
- Clear contact paper
- Cut the construction paper into one-inch strips.
- Cut or tear the pieces of tissue paper and place the pieces on the adhesive side of the contact paper (you will have to peel off the backing). Leave empty space around the edge of the contact paper to allow for a border.
- Use the construction paper strips to make a border around the tissue paper.
- Trim the artwork so there is no tissue paper sticking out on any side.
- Hold your design up to a light or a window. What do you notice?
Extend the Learning: Try using different lighting such as sunlight outside, your phone, light in a room with no windows, etc. Can you see how colors show differently when different lighting is used? Explore how people see color with SciSchow Kids!
Books about colors and music
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
My Museum by Joanne Liu
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson