Grade Level: K-5
Objectives: To allow students to create a winter scene and to introduce them to the concepts of evaporation and crystal formation.
Goals: Students will produce a winter-like scene while learning about evaporation and crystal formation.
Construction paper (dark blue or black, preferably)
Epsom salts, waters, containers
Magnifying glasses (optional)
Students may want to look at their finished, dry pictures with a magnifying glass to more closely examine salt crystal structure. Explain that as the water evaporates, it allows the salt crystals to re-form.
- Have students draw a winter/snow scene on a sheet of construction paper.
- Paint over finished drawing with a solution of equal parts epsom salts and water.
- Ask students to predict what will happen as their pictures dry.
- (Optional) Discuss evaporation and the re-formation of salt crystals.
This activity may be integrated with winter/snow units in lower primary grades, or it may be used when older students are studying about evaporation, water cycles, or crystals in science.