At Pre-K Magic Preschool the teacher went through their markers on the art and writing shelves, only to find that several were dried out! However, they decided to attempt a trick they’d seen before which resulted in the class being able to make watercolor paintings thanks to markers that would have otherwise been tossed in the garbage!
How the Dried-Out Markers Made Watercolor Paint
The teacher placed markers that were of the same or similar colors in a cup of water and then had them all sit overnight. Then, the next day the cup of water had turned into an incredibly vibrant liquid–perfect for watercolor painting! The teacher moved all the cups into a muffin tin they purchased from Dollar Tree to prevent spilling and then they placed a paintbrush into each color cup so as to make sure the colors would not end-up mixing.
How the Art Activity to Make Watercolor Paintings Was Done
The children were very excited to paint with bright colors! The class took sheets of cardstock paper (which helps hold the watercolor color’s better) to paint upon instead of paper–it also helped prevent any thin paper from getting too wet. The students then dipped the paintbrushes in the paint and would spread the colors upon their cardstock until they were done creating beautiful watercolor paintings. It was a wonderful and fun art activity!
One More Note About Recycling Markers
It is good to be aware that you can actually send used-up markers of ANY BRAND to Crayola and they will recycle them for free. However, as has been shown, it is good to make the most of any markers before you send them in by doing something fun like this watercolor art activity!