Ocean Art: Using Wax and Water

26 11 2010

Have you ever noticed water droplets pooling up on the top of leaves and dripping off? The waxy layer on the outside of leaves is called the cuticle and makes the leaves waterproof. This keeps moisture inside the plant, allowing the rain water to soak into the soil and into the pant’s roots.

You can see wax repel water through this art project.  I drew fish using crayons, markers and colored pencils.  Crayons are made from wax.

Then I painted over the picture with blue watercolor paint, so it looks like it is under the ocean.  You can see how the yellow fish repelled the paint. The purple marker smeared a little, because it was also water based and mixed with the paint.

Leave a comment letting us know what you discovered when making your own creation.

Cub Club opening weekend on Saturday

12 10 2010

This Saturday from 9-10 am  Cub Club will meet for the first time at the Museum. Cub Club is a special program for children 3 and younger. There will be stories, songs and an activity all relating to this week’s theme, insects.

Try this activity at home to learn about one of my favorite insects, bees. Bees are an unusual insect, because their bodies use sugar from honey to make wax for their beehives. The wax comes out of the Bee’s abdomens in white flakes calles wax scales.  You can make your own bee with wax scales.

First make a bee out of yellow construction paper. Notice that the bee has six legs, antennas and wings.

Cut a rectangular piece of construction paper that is about 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Fold the paper in half and cut four slits along the folded edge.

Unfold the paper and past it on the back of the Bee’s abdomen, this is the main body part of the bee.  Put the glue along the edges, so that the slits are not stuck down. Stick small squares of wax paper into the slits.

Show your bee to others. Point out how you can remove the pieces of wax and explain that bees make wax.


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