This week I put out a watercolor planet art project to go along with our study of the solar system. Below you can see how I set it up on a table. Clockwise from top right: a basket of watercolor paper cut into circles, a sponge, vinyl placemat, watercolor paints, jar for water, jar with pencil.
To do this project the child takes a paper "planet" and writes their name on the back. Then they take the water jar to the sink and fill it with water to the yellow line. Next, they use the watercolors to paint their planet. Once finished the planet is placed on the drying rack (just to the right of this photo) and the child dumps their dirty water into the sink. The final step is to wipe the table and placemat dry to prepare it for the next painter. Once the planets are dry, they are glued onto a sheet of black construction paper. I LOVE how these are turning out. The watercolor paper is perfect for preserving the beautiful, vivid colors of the paint.
And they stand out so much on the stark black backgrounds.