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Eggshell Art
Posted Feb 01, 2012 by Elmers
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    Eggshell Art

    Create an egg-ceptionally beautiful piece of art!
    • Moderate
    • 8 - 12

    Supplies Needed

    Tip:

    • Have students brainstorm a list of animals that lay eggs. Discuss the different categories of egg-laying animals, such as birds, reptiles, fish, and monotremes. Introduce interesting facts to your students, such as the bee hummingbird lays an egg about the size of a pea!
    • Introduce the word mosaic to your students. Discuss how it is an art form that consists of creating pictures by arranging tiny pieces of glass, tile, or other objects, like eggshells. Discuss how this art form has been around for thousands and thousands of years.
    • Ask students if they have heard the phrase "walking on eggshells." Discuss how this is an idiom, a figurative phrase that means something different from its literal translation. Have students suggest the origin of this phrase and its definition. Encourage students to brainstorm other idioms that have heard.

    Instructions

    1. Break clean, dry eggshells into small pieces. The pieces should be no smaller than a dime.
    2. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar with a small amount of water in a small cup. Add a few drops of food coloring to the mixture and stir. Make as many different colors of mixture in cups as you want.
    3. Drop the eggshells into the different colors of mixture. Allow the eggshells to set for 30 minutes. Then, remove the eggshells and place them on a paper towel to dry.
    4. Sketch a small section of the picture with glue. Press eggshells into the glue until all of the areas on the picture are covered.
    5. Let the glue dry completely.
    6. Add to your picture with Elmer's Paintastics™ paint colors. Let the paint dry completely.
    7. Display your eggshell artwork for others to see!

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