MmMmmmmmmMMMMmm fruits and veggies! Not only are they good for you, they’re good for making dyes and tasting and staining your nice white uniforms! I apologize again and thank Jen Smoker for thoughtfully posting to the listserv about practical ways to remedy the art room blues.
In preschool, we’re learning about how artists and cultures throughout the ages have relied on natural dyes to color their clothing and artwork. Tying in with our weaving unit and brief look at the American Indians, we began experimenting with edible pigments after reading one of my favorite books from the art library, Weaving the Rainbow.
We hypothesized about which leafy green or tangy berry would stain the best. In the running was kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, cranberries, red cabbage, and radishes. Can you guess which ones were vibrant and which were flops? Ask your kiddos. I bet they can tell you.
Some had a lot of luck with cranberries, while others went to town with the kale and radishes.