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Calling all space enthusiasts! Let your kids create their own galaxy. With a box of crayons and some black watercolor paint, white paper is transformed into a stellar and imaginative piece of art.
Let your kids create their own galaxy. With a box of crayons and some black watercolor paint, white paper is transformed into a stellar and imaginative piece of art.
What You’ll Need
  • White paper

  • Crayons

  • Black watercolor paint

  • Paintbrush

What to Do

1. On the paper, use light colored crayons (including white) to draw pictures of planets, stars, spaceships, satellites, and other things you might see in space.

2. Cover the whole paper with black watercolor paint, and let it dry.

 

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Before your child covers the drawing with the paint, ask what she thinks will happen. It makes sense that the black watercolor paint will turn everything black. When it doesn’t, talk about the wax in crayons and how it resists the watercolor.

Older kids: Ask your child to describe what’s going on in the picture. Maybe a rocket is going to explore a new planet or the rings around a planet are changing color. Encourage your child to write down the story. Then hang both the art and story on the fridge, and take a picture of both to share with relatives.

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As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?

Parents Talk Back
As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?
In-person visits.
68% (36 votes)
Skype or FaceTime.
19% (10 votes)
Calls via cell phones or landlines.
6% (3 votes)
Handwritten cards and letters.
8% (4 votes)
Total votes: 53