Stem Challenge: Artscape

Next week’s Summer Program theme is Artscape! For this week’s #CMMSSTEMChallenge, let’s get creative! Grab some corn syrup and food coloring and join us in this exciting activity that tests your creativity and artistic skills. We are going to make our own paint that is very colorful and remains glossy when dry.

Visit our blog every Thursday to see our latest STEM challenge and share your creations on social media using #CMMSSTEMChallenge or by emailing marketing@childrensmanor.com. Be sure to submit your photos to us by Monday, July 12th!

      • Light corn syrup
      • Food coloring
      • Mini muffin tins (or something to hold your paints)
      • Tablespoon
      • Q-tips/Toothpicks
      • Watercolor paper or other white paper
      • Crayons
      1. Fill up each of your mini muffin tins with light corn syrup (about 1 1/2 Tablespoons if you’re using another container).
      2. Then, add 2-3 drops of food coloring into each tin. Swirl the two together using your Q-tip.
      3. And now you’ve got yourself some lovely corn syrup paint to try out!
      4. Here are a couple of things that you will learn while painting:
          • Corn Syrup Paint is super sticky, so that is why you will be using Q-tips to paint! Use your crayons to draw the outline as a template that will guide you when you paint – use your creativity – you can draw stars, hearts, triangles, anything you want!
          • You get thicker coverage with the paint when you dab (instead of wipe) the paint on. After dabbing on the paint, use toothpicks to swirl the colors around.
          • Now get your watercolor paper and let your creativity flow!
      5. Once you’ve finished painting, leave it somewhere safe to dry. Don’t touch it, and make sure nothing falls on your painting. The corn syrup paint should be dry within a couple of hours. It will still look wet, but feel smooth and hard to the touch. Be careful to not touch the paint too much, it will get sticky from your hands.

We can’t wait to see your creativity! Don’t forget to send your photos of your results to marketing@childrensmanor.com by Monday, July 12th!

Activity Credit: Pink Stripey Socks