It’s a universal truth – all children love shaved ice. For my 6th birthday, I distinctly remember wanting nothing more than the Snoopy Sno Cone maker and being over the moon when it was the last present unwrapped at my party. Whether it’s a snow cone from a carnival or a cup from a Hawaiian ice shack, it’s a quintessential summer favorite. I think a lot of the magic comes from the unlimited possibilities of color and flavor. For today’s playdate craft, we tapped into the color blending aspect and created our own snow cone pictures using an interesting medium – art tissue, commonly referred to as “BLEEDING TISSUE.”
Have you ever used bleeding tissue before? I accidentally discovered it years ago when I taught preschool. It’s unlike regular tissue paper in that when it gets wet, the colors bleed. It’s a unique way to dye easter eggs, create watercolor-esque painting, papercrafts, etc. The finished effect is perfect for a snow cone since the colors are not clean cut or separated, rather they run and blend in an organic way.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Color Blend Snow Cone Picture
Objective: Use a variety of colored bleeding tissue paper to blend colors in an abstract way, forming a snow cone ball
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, color theory and recognition, color/flavor association, positional phrases, scissor skills, prewriting skills (coloring)
Suggested Reading: Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
Materials: Bleeding tissue paper cut into squares, heavy white paper, water dropper and/or spray bottle, construction paper, crayons
Start by wetting your white paper by either spritzing it with water or running it under the faucet. This is to give the tissue something to stick to.
While the sheet is wet, allow your child to place pieces of tissue all over the surface. Encourage them to identify the colors they are using and start a dialog about what “flavor” that color might be. For example, purple could be grape or raspberry, green could be apple or lime, etc.
Point out to your child when they have two dissimilar colors touching, like red and blue. Discuss what color they think might form when those two colors combine, etc.
Have your child use the spray bottle or dropper to keep the paper moist while they finish covering the entire surface with tissue.
Once they are happy with the coverage they’ve obtained, set the paper aside for about 20 minutes to dry slightly. We took this as an opportunity to have snack.
Peal each of the pieces of tissue off – older children can do this on their own but younger kids will need some assistance. The pattern of colors that is left behind will wow you and your child. It’ll also have the blended swirl reminiscent of a snow cone!
Now, it’s shape time! Draw a circle on the reverse of the paper and have your child cut it out – perfection is not the game here. Jasper did a surprisingly good job and the rough edges look more like a snowball anyhow!
Then, pick a sheet of construction paper and cut a triangle shape. Have your child decorate the “cone”.
Instruct your little one to glue the circle into the MIDDLE of a full sheet of construction paper…
…And then to glue the cone UNDER the circle.
With that, the snow cones are complete and look *almost* good enough to eat!
- Visit a Hawaiian Ice vendor – we have Lani ice and Kona ice nearby
- Mix the 3 primary colors (RBY) together to create the secondary shades (POG)
- Add food coloring to crushed ice from your freezer to see how the colors blend on real ice
- Discover 3D shapes – cones, cyclinders, spheres, and cubes