"In this classroom, relationships are fostered, families are respected, and children are honored.
In this classroom, nature's gifts are valued and children's thoughts are captured.
In this classroom, learning is alive and aesthetic beauty is appreciated." -Unknown

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Uniquely You...X-ray Handprints


I always try to make sure I have something posted in the room for our Back to School Night Parent Informational Meeting that is both reflective of recent activities in the class and interactive for the parents attending. In the past I've done a number of different things. One thing that was a hit was the year I took close-up photos of each child's hands and then let the parents see if they could determine which set belonged to their child. 


I really liked that activity and the parents were really engaged with it. One thing they discovered was that it's harder than one would think to pick out the hands when displayed among others, unless your child has distinguishing characteristics (moles, freckles, certain color of fingernail polish,etc.) I loved the idea, but wanted to change it up a little. I was viewing the BioColor Instructional DVD and realized, I had found just what I was looking to do.


We began by squirting some white BioColor paint into the child's hands and instructing them to rub them together.


We then encouraged them to place their white painted hands down on the white paper. Pretty uneventful so far, huh? Just wait.


Next we squirted out black BioColor across the end of the paper. It doesn't take much to do the job. 


You or the child then scrape a squeegee across the paper spreading the black BioColor paint across the entire surface.


The ending result looks like x-rays of the child's hands. BioColor paint is extremely diverse and unique and has many possibilities. This is only one of them.


We then cut out the x-ray prints after drying and matted them on a paper with actual photos of their hands. We added a tab to the top of the paper with the identify of the owner of the mystery hands, so families could lift the tab once they thought they had discovered their child's hands. So much fun!

Using the white BioColor on the white paper in this process was kind of like working with invisible ink and had great "Wow!" moments as the handprints emerged on the paper with the addition of the scraped black BioColor.

Be sure to view the DVD to see lots of more activities you can do with these amazing paint products.





18 comments:

  1. That is a great idea! What fun for the children to do...and the parents to see!

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    1. Thanks, Emma. The kids and parents both seemed to enjoy it.

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  2. This is a neat way to learn and practice the letter X. Looks like magic too!! Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jill and thanks for providing a forum for us to be able to share.

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  3. Fun!! I've never used biocolor paint before! Thanks so much sharing--I'm pinning this on my (CarlaINHouston) Awesome Preschool board!

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    1. Thanks, Carla! I'm still discovering all the amazing things one can do with BioColor paint.

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  4. How clever! I have never heard of bio paint before either. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

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    1. You've gotta check it out, Natalie. Lots of fun to be had.

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  5. I don't know if I could pick out my kids' hands or not! Great ideas here- thanks so much for sharing at After School!

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    1. Thanks, Anna. It's definitely more difficult than one might think.

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  6. Another Idea you might not have seen is have the children put one hand on a black paper, (I do this over the sink) next spay a mixture of Bio white and water. It will look like an x-ray then after they dry, have the children add bones using q tips. But I might have to change it up and do it both way's. Thank you for sharing love your site.

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    1. I haven't heard of this. I might just have to try it this way, too!

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  7. What is bio paint? Would this work with regular paint?

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    1. It's sold through Discount School Supply. Click on the words that are in a different color and it will take you to their website. I don't think it would work with other types of paint. There's just something different about Bio Color Paint that doesn't allow the colors to mix.

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